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Civil War Soldiers - Gorman

Gorman, Willis A., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born near Flemingsburg, Ky., Jan. 12, 1814. He studied law at the University of Indiana, in which he was graduated in 1835, practised his profession in Bloomington, was for several terms in the state senate, and at the outbreak of the war with Mexico, in 1846, was appointed major of Gen. Lane's regiment of Indiana volunteers. He was wounded at Buena Vista, was promoted colonel of the 4th Ind. volunteers in 1847, and in 1848 was civil and military governor of Pueblo. After the war he was representative in Congress from Indiana, 1849-53, governor of Minnesota territory in 1853-57, delegate to the Minnesota state constitutional convention in 1857 and representative in the state legislature in 1858. He entered the Union army in 1861 as colonel of the 1st Minn. regiment, was present at the battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861, and on Sept. 7 was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers. He commanded a brigade at the battles of Savage station, South mountain, Edwards' ferry and Antietam, and led a bayonet charge at Fair Oaks. He was at the head of the 2nd division, 2nd corps, until the reorganization of the army following McClellan's removal. He was mustered out of the service in 1864 and resumed his practice of law in St. Paul, being city attorney from 1869 until his death, May 20, 1876.

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

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