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Civil War Soldiers - Croxton

Croxton, John T., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Bourbon county, Ky., Nov. 29, 1837. He was graduated at Yale in 1857, was admitted to the bar in 1858, and practiced law in Paris, Ky. When the Civil war broke out he espoused the Union side and joined the national service in June, 1861, as lieutenant-colonel of the 4th Ky. volunteers. In March, 1862, he succeeded to the colonelcy, and in Aug., 1864, was commissioned brigadier-general. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, April 27, 1865, for gallant and meritorious services at the battle of Franklin, Tenn., and in the campaign from the Tennessee river to Macon, Ga. He commanded the district of southwest Georgia, with headquarters at Macon, in 1865, and then, resigning his commission, Dec. 26, 1865, he resumed his law practice in Paris, Ky. He helped establish the Louisville Commercial as a Republican organ. Gen. Croxton's health had been undermined by exposure during the war and overwork afterwards, and in 1873 he accepted the office of United States minister to Bolivia, in hope of regaining it. He died in La Paz, Bolivia, April 16, 1874.

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

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