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Civil War Soldiers - Devin
|Devin, Thomas C., major-general, U.S.
Army, was born in New York city in 1822, was educated in the common
schools there and learned the trade of painter. He was
lieutenant-colonel of the 1st N. Y. state militia in 1861, and
recruited in June of that year the first company of cavalry sent by
Gov. Morgan to the defense of Washington. He became captain of that
company, which was made part of the 1st N. Y. cavalry, and after his
first three months' service, returned to the front as colonel of the
6th N. Y. volunteer cavalry. He commanded a brigade at Five Forks and
captured the Confederate earthworks there, and at Front Royal his
regiment captured two sets of colors and he was himself severely
wounded. For gallantry at Front Royal he was brevetted
brigadier-general of volunteers, Aug. 15, 1864, and on March 13, 1865,
he received the brevet of major-general of volunteers for his services
during the war. At the close of the war he was commissioned
lieutenant-colonel of the 8th U. S. cavalry, July 28, 1866, and on
March 2, 1867, he was brevetted colonel U. S. A. for gallantry at
Fisher's hill, and brigadier-general for distinguished service at
Sailor's creek. He was promoted colonel of the 3d U. S. cavalry, June
25, 1877. Gen. Grant is said to have ranked Gen. Devin as second only
to Sheridan as a cavalry officer. Gen. Devin died in New York city,
April 4, 1878.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908