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Civil War Soldiers - Ferrero

Ferrero, Edward, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Granada, Spain, of Italian parentage, Jan. 18, 1831, and came to the United States with his parents in 1833. Prior to the Civil war he conducted a dancing-school in New York city, taught dancing at West Point, and was a member of the state militia, having attained the rank of colonel by 1861. In the summer of 1861 he raised the 51st N. Y. regiment, called the "Shepard rifles," at his own expense, and led it in Burnside's expedition to Roanoke island, while at New Berne he commanded a brigade under Gen. Reno. He served in Pope's Virginia campaign of 1862, distinguishing himself at the second battle of Bull Run, and in covering Pope's retreat at Chantilly on the following day. At South mountain he commanded a brigade after the death of Reno, and at Antietam he so distinguished himself that he was promoted brigadier-general on the field of battle, Sept. 19, 1862. He subsequently served at Fredericksburg, where he again distinguished himself, and at Vicksburg where his brigade was a part of the 9th army corps. He pursued Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, defeating him at Jackson, Miss., commanded a division under Burnside at Knoxville, during the siege, from Nov. 17 to Dec. 4, 1863; and his defense of Fort Sanders against an assault by Longstreet, Dec. 4, compelled that commander to retire, while at the battle of Bean's station his timely occupation of Kelley's ford frustrated Longstreet's attempt to send a detachment across the Holston, and attack the Union forces in the rear. In Grant's final campaign Gen. Ferrero commanded a colored division at Petersburg. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, Dec. 2, 1864, and was mustered out of the service, Aug. 24, 1865. Gen. Ferrero died in New York city, Dec. 11, 1899.

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

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