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Civil War Soldiers - Graham

Graham, Charles K., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in New York city, June 3, 1824. He became a midshipman in the United States navy in 1841, served actively in the Gulf during the Mexican war until 1848, when he resigned and became a civil engineer in New York city. Having become, in 1857, constructing engineer in the Brooklyn navy yard, he offered his services, in 1861, together with those of about 400 men who had worked under him, the company becoming part of the Excelsior brigade in which Graham became major and subsequently colonel. He was actively engaged in the Army of the Potomac during the early part of the Civil war, and in Nov., 1862, was promoted brigadier-general. He fought in the battle of Gettysburg, was severely wounded there and taken prisoner, and, after his release, was assigned to command a gun-boat flotilla under Gen. Butler. He was the first to carry the national colors up the James river, took part in the attack on Fort Fisher, and then remained on duty at different points until the close of the war. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, March 13, 1865, for gallant and meritorious service during the war. Gen. Graham returned to the practice of engineering in New York city after the war, was chief engineer of the New York dock department, 1873-75, surveyor of the port, 1878-83, and naval officer, 1883-85. He died in Lakewood, N. J., April 15, 1889.

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

Graham, Lawrence P., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Amelia county, Va., Jan. 8, 1815. He was appointed 2nd lieutenant in the 2nd dragoons in 1837, was subsequently promoted 1st lieutenant and captain, and on June 14, 1858, major. He was made lieutenant-colonel of the 5th cavalry in Oct., 1861, colonel of the 4th cavalry, May 9, 1864, and was promoted brigadier-general U. S. A. by brevet March 13, 1865, for meritorious services during the Civil war. He took an active part in the Seminole war in Florida from 1837 to 1842, being present at the battle of Lochahatchee, and in the Mexican war won the brevet of major for gallantry in the engagements of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. In Aug., 1861, he was commissioned brigadier-general in the volunteer army, and in 1862 he raised and commanded a brigade of cavalry in the Army of the Potomac. He afterward acted as president of a general court-martial in St. Louis, and of a board for the examination of invalid officers at Annapolis. He was mustered out of the volunteer service Aug. 24, 1865. Gen. Graham was retired at his own request, Dec. 15, 1870, after more than thirty years of continuous service in the army.

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

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