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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

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