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Civil War Soldiers - Fisk
|Fisk, Clinton B., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born near Greenville, N. Y., Dec. 8, 1828. He began
preparation for college at Albion academy, but, being obliged to give
up his studies on account of trouble with his eyes, was a merchant,
miller and banker in Michigan, and then western financial manager at
St. Louis of the Aetna insurance company of Hartford, Conn. He served
three months in 1861 as private in the Missouri home guards, and in
July, 1862, recruited the 33d Mo. regiment, and, as its colonel, led
it to the front. In September he was ordered to St. Louis to organize
a brigade, became brigadier-general Nov. 24, 1862, and served with the
army of the Tennessee. He was made commander of the military district
of southeast Missouri in June, 1863, was transferred to the command of
the Department of North Missouri in March, 1864, and defended the
state capital against the attacks of Confederate troops under Gens.
Price, Marmaduke and Shelby. For this timely action he was made
major-general of state militia by the legislature of Missouri and on
March 13, 1865, he was given the title of major-general of volunteers
by brevet, but was not allowed to resign, being appointed assistant
commissioner of the Freedmen's bureau for Kentucky and Tennessee. Gen.
Fisk was active in founding the Fisk university, which was named for
him, gave large sums of money to the institution, and was until his
death president of its board of trustees. He also rendered conspicuous
service to the Methodist church. He was president of the U. S. Indian
commissioners from 1872 to 1890, was a candidate for governor of New
Jersey on the Prohibition ticket in 1886, and for president of the
United States in 1888. Gen. Fisk died in New York city, July 9, 1890.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908