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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

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