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Civil War Soldiers - Davies

Davies, Henry E., major-general, U.S. Army, was born in New York city, July 2, 1836, was educated at Harvard and Williams colleges, and at Columbia, in which he was graduated, and in the same year, 1857, he was admitted to the bar. He entered the volunteer service in April, 1861, as captain in the 5th N. Y. regiment, was made major of the 2nd N. Y. cavalry in July of that year, and served in the cavalry corps, Army of the Potomac, as colonel and brigadier-general, having command of a division at the close of the war. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, Oct. 1, 1864, having been promoted brigadier-general, Sept. 16, 1863, and was given the full rank of major-general of volunteers, May 4, 1865. He served with distinction throughout the war, and resigned from the service Jan. 1, 1866. He commanded the middle district of Alabama during the reconstruction, 1865, until he resigned. He was public administrator, after the war, in New York city, 1866-69, assistant U. S. district attorney, 1870-72, and thereafter refused public office in order that he might devote himself to the practice of law. He died in Middleboro, Mass., Sept. 6, 1894.

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

Davies, Thomas A., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born at Black Lake, St. Lawrence county, N. Y., Dec. 3, 1809, was graduated at West Point in 1829, and, after serving two years on frontier duty, resigned to become civil engineer on the Croton aqueduct, and to enter mercantile pursuits in New York city. He reentered the national service, May 15, 1861, as colonel of the 16th N. Y. regiment, and distinguished himself at the battle of Bull Run, where, as commander of the 2nd brigade, 5th division, Army of the Potomac, he successfully repulsed an attack upon the left wing after the main body of the Federal army was in full flight, thus preventing the capture of Washington. At the close of the battle he was placed in command of the left wing of the army by Gen. McDowell, was afterwards engaged on fortifications around Washington and in the defenses of Alexandria, until March 7, 1862, when he was commissioned brigadier-general for "gallant conduct at the battle of Bull Run," and joined Gen. Halleck's army at Corinth. He engaged in the siege of that place in April and May, 1862, in the battle of Corinth, Oct. 3-4, 1862; commanded Columbus, Ky., 1862-63; Rollo, Mo., 1863-64; the district of North Kansas, 1864-65, and that of Wisconsin in 1865. His services being no longer needed in Wisconsin, he resigned his commission, in June, 1865, and on July 11, 1865, was brevetted major-general of volunteers, "for gallant and meritorious services." After the war he devoted a good deal of his time to literature, and was the author of numerous books on religious criticism and kindred subjects. He died at Black Lake, N. Y., Aug. 19, 1899.

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

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