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Civil War Soldiers - Granger

Granger, Gordon, major-general, U.S. Army, was born in New York about 1822. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1845 and took part in the principal battles of the Mexican war, being brevetted 1st lieutenant and captain for bravery at Contreras and Churubusco and at the storming of Chapultepec. After the close of the war he served on western frontier service, and in 1861 was assigned to the staff of Gen. McClellan at Cincinnati. When the 2nd Mich. cavalry was formed he was made its colonel, Sept. 2, 1861, having previously served at Dug springs and Wilson's creek, in August, and been brevetted major for gallantry at Wilson's creek. He was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers, March 26, 1862, commanded the cavalry division in the army of Gen. Halleck in the siege of Corinth, became major-general of volunteers Sept. 17, 1862, and was placed in command of the Army of Kentucky. He repelled Forrest's raid into the interior of Tennessee in June, 1863, commanded a division in Gen. Rosecrans' army in the Tennessee campaign and distinguished himself at the battle of Chickamauga. Being soon afterward assigned to command the 4th army corps, he took a prominent part in the operations about Chattanooga and in the battle of Missionary ridge, Nov., 1863. On the reformation of the army he was granted a leave of absence, and, returning to the field in July, 1864, commanded a division at Fort Gaines, Ala., in August, and was commander of the 13th corps in the capture of Fort Morgan and throughout the operations which resulted in the fall of Mobile in the spring of 1865. He was promoted by brevet lieutenant- colonel and colonel for services at Chickamauga and Chattanooga ; brigadier-general for gallantry in the capture of Mobile, and major-general U. S. A. for the capture of Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan. Gen. Granger was mustered out of the volunteer service Jan. 15, 1866, and at the time of his death was in command of the district of New Mexico, having been promoted colonel in the regular army July 28, 1866. He died in Santa Fe, N. M., Jan. 10, 1876.

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

Granger, Robert S., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Zanesville, Ohio, May 24, 1816, was graduated at the United States military academy in 1839 and saw his first active service in the Seminole war in Florida, 1840-42. He was subsequently for two years assistant instructor in tactics at West Point, and served in the Mexican war, winning promotion to captain, Sept. 8, 1847. He afterwards served on the Texas frontier, and on April 27, 1861, was captured by the Confederate commander on the Texas coast and paroled. While on parole he organized and prepared for the field a brigade at Mansfield, Ohio, and then, being exchanged in Aug., 1862, was commissioned in September brigadier-general of Kentucky troops. He engaged with Confederate troops at Shepherdsville, Lebanon Junction and Lawrenceburg, was for his action in the last named battle brevetted colonel in the regular army, and on Oct. 20, 1862, he was commissioned brigadier-general of U. S. volunteers. He commanded a division and, during 1863, the districts of Nashville and Middle Tennessee successively, and in the first part of 1864 prepared Nashville as a depot of supplies. He then commanded the District of Northern Alabama, and while there captured Gen. Philip D. Roddey's camp, drove Gen. Joseph Wheeler out of middle Tennessee and defended his district against the raid of Gen. Forrest, and Decatur, Ala., against the army of Gen. Hood. He was brevetted brigadier-general in the regular army for these services and was awarded the brevet of major-general U. S. A. for services during the war. He commanded in northern Alabama during the occupation, in 1865, was promoted lieutenant-colonel U. S. A., on June 12 of that year ; colonel, Aug. 16, 1871, and was placed on the retired list, Jan. 16, 1873. Gen. Granger died in Washington, D. C., April 25, 1894.

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

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