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Civil War Soldiers - Duval

Duval, Isaac H., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Wellsburg, Va., Sept. 1, 1824, received a common school education, and, when thirteen years old, became a traveller, hunter and trapper in the Rocky mountains, Mexico, Central and South America and California. In 1846-47 he was secretary of the commissioners sent out by President Polk to make treaties with the Indians living on the borders of Texas and New Mexico. He led the first expedition which crossed the plains from Texas to California in 1849; was in the Lopez insurrection in Cuba in 1851, barely escaping execution, and then returned to Wellsburg, Va., where he remained until the outbreak of the Civil war. He entered the United States service as major of the first three months' service regiment of volunteer infantry sent out from western Virginia, was promoted colonel of the 9th W. Va., infantry, in Sept., 1862, became brigadier-general in 1864, and was assigned to the command of a division of the 8th army corps. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, March 13, 1865, for gallantry and meritorious service on the battle field, particularly at the battle of Winchester, Va., and was mustered out Jan. 15, 1866. During the war he was in thirty-two battles, was wounded three times, and had eleven horses killed or wounded under him. After the war Gen. Duval was both representative and senator in the state legislature of West Virginia, was adjutant-general of the state two years; a representative in Congress from 1869-71 ; U. S. assessor for the District of West Virginia, 1882-84, and collector of internal revenue, 1884-98.

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

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