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Civil War Soldiers - Dwight

Dyer, Alexander B., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Richmond, Va., Jan. 10, 1815. He was graduated in the United States military academy in 1837, served in garrison, in the Florida war, was on ordnance duty at various United States arsenals, 1838-46, and was chief of ordnance to the army invading New Mexico, 1846-48, serving part of the time on the staff of Gen. Sterling Price. He was engaged at Canada, in the valley of Taos, where he was wounded, Feb. 4, 1847, and Santa Cruz de Rosales, Mexico, receiving for his services the brevets of 1st lieutenant and captain. He was commandant of the armory at Springfield, Mass., 1861-64, and in charge of the ordnance bureau, Washington, D. C., with the rank of brigadier-general, 1864-74. During the war he extended greatly the manufacture of small arms for the army. He invented the Dyer projectile for cannon. On March 13, 1865, he was brevetted major-general U. S. A. for "faithful and meritorious services during the war." Gen. Dyer died in Washington, D. C., May 20, 1874.

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

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