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Civil War Soldiers - Cluseret

Cluseret, Gustave P., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Paris, France, June 13, 1823, and entered the service of the United States, after a career of varying fortunes in European armies, in 1862. He was appointed aide-de-camp to Gen. McClellan with the rank of colonel, Jan., 1862, joined Fremont's army of West Virginia later, and for gallantry at the battle of Cross Keys was promoted brigadier- general of volunteers Oct. 14, 1862. In this battle he commanded the right wing, and, in spite of Fremont's repeated orders to retreat, made nine consecutive attacks upon "Stonewall" Jackson, fighting fifteen hours without eating. The ninth attack was successful, and the Union forces were saved from defeat. After some further service in the Shenandoah, he resigned from the army, and in 1864 edited the "New Nation," denouncing President Lincoln and advocating the candidacy of John C. Fremont for the presidency. In 1867 he returned to Europe, where his career was as tempestuous as it had been before his coming to the United States. After having been exiled from France and condemned to death by both the French and British governments, he returned to France and was, in 1888, elected member of the French chamber of deputies. He was re-elected in 1889, in 1893 and 1898. He died Aug. 23, 1900.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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