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Civil War Soldiers - Dent

Dent, Frederick T., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in White Haven, St. Louis county, Mo., Dec. 17, 1820, son of Frederick F. and Ellen (Wrenshall) Dent, and brother of Julia Dent, wife of Gen. U. S. Grant. He was graduated at the U. S. military academy in 1843 and served in the Mexican war, at the siege of Vera Cruz, the capture of San Antonio, the battles of Churubusco, where he was severely wounded, and Molino del Rey, receiving for gallant and meritorious conduct at the last named battles the brevets of 1st lieutenant and captain. He then served on the Pacific railroad survey and on frontier duty against hostile Indians in the far west, and in 1863 was promoted major and given command of a regiment in the Army of the Potomac. He was on duty in New York city during the draft riots of that year, and served as a member of a commission for the trial of state prisoners from January to March, 1864. He was then assigned to the staff of Lieut. -Gen. Grant, with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and was present at the battles and operations of the Richmond campaign to the surrender of Lee, after which he was military commander of the city of Richmond and of the troops stationed at Washington, he was colonel and aide-de-camp to the general-in-chief at Washington, in 1866, and served as private secretary to President Grant from 1869 to 1873. He was transferred to the 14th infantry in 1866, made lieutenant-colonel of the 32nd infantry in 1867, colonel of the 1st artillery in 1881, and was retired at his own request in 1883. He was promoted brevet brigadier-general U. S. A. and brigadier-general of volunteers, in 1865, for "gallant and meritorious services in the field during the war." Gen. Dent died in Denver, Col., Dec. 24, 1892.

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

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