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Civil War Soldiers - Gamble

Gamble, William, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Ireland about 1819, came to America when twenty years old, and enlisted in the 1st U. S. dragoons, serving in the Florida war and being promoted sergeant and sergeant-major. He was honorably discharged from the army in 1843 and moved to Chicago, Ill., where he was a civil engineer until the outbreak of the Civil war. He became lieutenant-colonel of the 8th Ill. cavalry, Sept. 18, 1861, was promoted colonel Dec. 5, 1862, and was mustered out July 17, 1865. He was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers, Dec. 14, 1864, and, enlisting again after his first discharge, was given the full rank of brigadier-general of volunteers Sept. 25, 1865. Gen. Gamble was engaged in the battles of the Peninsula, proving himself a fearless and capable officer, and was severely wounded in the breast while leading a charge at Malvern hill, Aug. 5, 1862. Gen. Gamble died Dec. 20, 1866.

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

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