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Civil War Soldiers - Dwight
|Dwight, William, brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born in Springfield, Mass., July 14, 1831. He was a
student at a preparatory military school at West Point, 1846-49, and a
cadet at the United States military academy, 1849-53, but resigned
before graduation to engage in manufacturing in Boston. He was
commissioned captain in the 13th U. S. infantry, May 14, 1861, and in
June of that year was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 70th N. Y.
volunteers, of which Daniel E. Sickles was colonel. At the battle of
Williamsburg, where his regiment lost half its men, he was twice
wounded, left for dead on the field, and taken prisoner. He was
exchanged, and for gallantry was promoted brigadier-general of
volunteers, Nov. 29, 1862, and assigned to the 1st brigade of Grover's
division, which he led in the attack on Port Hudson. For his bravery
on this occasion he was appointed member of the commission to receive
the surrender of Confederate forces. He was chief of staff to Gen.
Banks in the Red River expedition after May, 1864, and in July of that
year was assigned to the command of the 1st division of the 19th army
corps, with which he rendered important service under Sheridan in the
campaign of the Shenandoah valley, notably at Winchester, Fisher's
hill and Cedar creek. He resigned, Jan. 15, 1866, and engaged in
business in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gen. Dwight died in Boston, Mass., April
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908