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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