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Civil War Soldiers - Fry

Fry, James B., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Carrollton, Greene county, Ill., Feb. 22, 1827, was graduated at West Point in 1847 and assigned to the 3d artillery. In the same year he joined the army of Gen. Scott in the City of Mexico, and the next year, with a detachment of artillery, made the voyage around Cape Horn to take military possession of Oregon. He was subsequently on frontier and garrison duty, assistant to Maj. George H. Thomas at the military academy, and adjutant of the academy under Col. R. E. Lee. Being promoted captain and made assistant adjutant-general, March 16, 1861, he was chief of staff to Gen. Irwin McDowell in that year, serving in the first battle of Bull Run, was afterwards chief of staff to Gen. Don Carlos Buell, 1861-62, and took part in the battles of Shiloh and Corinth, the movement to Louisville, Ky., and the pursuit of Gen. Bragg. He was made provost-marshal-general of the United States on March 17, 1863, given the full rank of brigadier- general April 21, 1864, and was successively brevetted lieutenant- colonel, colonel, brigadier-general and major-general in the regular army for "faithful, meritorious and distinguished services during the war." Before the abolition of the office of provost-marshal- general, Aug. 30, 1866, Gen. Fry put in the army 1,120,621 men, arrested 76,562 deserters, collected $26,366,316.78, and made an exact enrolment of the national forces. Gen. Fry was subsequently successively adjutant-general of the Departments of the Pacific, the South, the Missouri and the Atlantic, and was placed on the retired list June 1, 1881. He died at Newport, R. I., July 11, 1894.

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

Fry, Speed S., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Mercer county, now Boyle county, Ky., Sept. 9, 1817. He began his college education at Centre college, but finished at Wabash, where he was graduated in 1840, studied law, and in 1843 was admitted to the bar. He organized a company for the 2nd Ky. volunteers in 1846, commanded it during the Mexican war, and on his return to Kentucky resumed his law practice and was, from 1857 to 1861, county judge of Boyle county. At the beginning of the Civil war, he organized the 4th Ky. infantry, became its colonel Oct. 9, 1861, and served through- out the war, being mustered out of the service Aug. 24, 1865. He was brigadier-general of volunteers from March 21, 1862. After the war, from 1869-72, Gen. Fry was supervisor of internal revenue in Kentucky. He died in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 1, 1892.

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

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