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Civil War Soldiers - Ferry

Ferry, Orris S., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Bethel, Fairfield county, Conn., Aug. 15, 1823. He was graduated at Yale in 1844, studied law, was admitted to the bar and began the practice of his profession in Norwalk. He was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 1st division of Connecticut militia in 1847, was judge of probate for the district of Norwalk from 1849 to 1856, and was elected to the state senate in 1855 and 1856. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Congress in 1856, was elected two years later, and was again defeated in 1860. He zealously supported the national government when the Civil war broke out, became colonel of the 5th Conn. regiment in July, 1861, joined Gen. Banks' corps in Maryland, and on March 17, 1862, was promoted brigadier-general and assigned a brigade in Shields' division. He was subsequently transferred to Peck's division of the 4th army corps under Gen. Keyes. He served until the close of the war, being brevetted major-general of volunteers, May 23, 1865, for gallant and distinguished service in the battles of the Peninsula and the campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, and resigned June 15, 1865. After the war, in 1866, he was elected United States senator from Connecticut, and in 1872 he was re-elected. He died in Norwalk, Conn., Nov. 21, 1875.

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

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