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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