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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 21, 1888.

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

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