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Civil War Soldiers - Kane
|Kane, Thomas L., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 27, 1822. He was
educated in Paris, France, and on his return to America studied law,
was admitted to the bar, and was a clerk in the United States district
court until the passage of the fugitive slave law, when he resigned.
He visited the Mormon settlement near Commerce, Ill., in 1847, and
during the migration to Utah so won the confidence of the Mormon
leaders that, when the territory was declared in a state of rebellion
in 1858, he went there at his own expense with letters from President
Buchanan and arranged an amicable settlement that was afterwards
concluded by the peace commissioners. He founded and laid out the town
of Kane, in the northwestern part of Pennsylvania, where he raised, in
1861, a regiment called the "Bucktails," which became famous for valor
and endurance. He led the advance at Dranesburg, where he was wounded,
and at Harrisonburg was sent to rescue a regiment that had fallen into
an ambuscade, and was again wounded and taken prisoner. He was
paroled, and, on being exchanged was brevetted brigadier-general of
volunteers, Sept. 1, 1862. Although absent on sick leave at the time
the battle of Gettysburg opened, he hastened to Washington for orders
and carried to Gen. Meade the information that the Confederates were
in possession of the national cipher code. He joined his brigade on
the morning of the second day of the battle and held an important
position on the extreme right. He was discharged, Nov. 7, 1863, being
disabled by wounds and exposure, and on March 13, 1865, was brevetted
major-general of volunteers for his services at Gettysburg. He died in
Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 26, 1883.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908