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Civil War Soldiers - Grierson

Grierson, Benjamin H., U.S. Army. Maj.-Gen. Benjamin H. Grierson, associate editor for the State of Illinois, was born at Pittsburg, Pa., July 8, 1826. After receiving his schooling he became a musician and removed to Youngstown, Ohio. Subsequently he removed to Jacksonville, Ill., where he was engaged in business when the Civil war began. After serving for a time as aide-de-camp to Gen. B. M. Prentiss, he was commissioned major of the 6th Ill. cavalry on Oct. 24, 1861, and was promoted to the colonelcy of the regiment on April 12, 1862. During the year following his promotion he was active in the operations in Tennessee and Mississippi, and in the spring of 1863 led a successful raid through the enemy's country to Baton Rouge, La., to facilitate Gen. Grant's movement against Vicksburg. For his skillful management of this raid he received a vote of thanks from Congress and on June 3, 1863, was promoted brigadier-general. In 1864 he commanded a cavalry division in the expedition to Tupelo, the cavalry corps in the campaign against Oxford, Miss., and led the expedition for the destruction of the Mobile & Ohio railroad. His last service in the Civil war was as commander of the cavalry forces of the Military Division of the Mississippi in the campaign against Mobile in the spring of 1865. For "gallant and distinguished services" he was made brevet major-general May 27, 1865, and entered the regular army as colonel of the 10th U. S. cavalry. On March 2, 1867, he was brevetted brigadier and major-general in the regular army for his gallantry during the Civil war, and for more than 20 years was engaged in the campaigns against the hostile Indians of the southwest, commanding successively the Military District of the Indian Territory, the U. S. forces in western Texas, the Military District of New Mexico, and the Department of Arizona. He was retired with the rank of brigadier- general July 8, 1890, and returned to his residence at Jacksonville, where he still resides. Gen. Grierson has been twice married. On Sept. 24, 1854, at Youngstown, Ohio, he married Miss Alice Kirk, whose death occurred Aug. 16, 1888, and on July 28, 1897, he married Mrs. Lillian King of Jacksonville.

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

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