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Civil War Soldiers - Forsyth

Forsyth, James W., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Ohio, Aug. 26, 1834. He was graduated at West Point in 1856, was promoted 1st lieutenant of infantry March 15, 1861, and captain in the 18th infantry Oct. 24, 1861. He served on Gen. McClellan's staff during the Peninsular and Maryland campaigns, was brevetted major for gallantry at Chickamauga, and in 1864-65 was assistant adjutant-general of volunteers and chief-of-staff to Gen. Sheridan. He took part in the Richmond and Shenandoah campaigns, was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers for gallantry at Winchester, Fisher's hill and Middletown, Oct. 19, 1864, colonel in the regular army, April 1, 1865, for gallant and meritorious service in the battle of Five Forks, and brigadier-general April 9, for gallant and meritorious service in the field during the war. Gen. Forsyth was given the full commission of brigadier-general of volunteers, May 19, 1865, and in 1866-67 was assistant inspector-general of the department of the gulf. He was promoted major in the regular army, July 28, 1866; lieutenant-colonel of the 1st cavalry April 4, 1878, colonel June 11, 1886, brigadier-general commanding the Department of California Nov. 9, 1894, and major-general May 12, 1897.

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

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