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Civil War Soldiers - Kelley

Kelley, Benjamin F., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in New Hampton, N. H., April 10, 1807. He removed to West Virginia in 1826 and settled in Wheeling, where he engaged in business until 1851, and then became freight agent on the Baltimore & Ohio railroad. In May, 1861, he raised the 1st Virginia regiment for the national army, was commissioned its colonel, and on June 3, 1861, won the battle of Phillippi, being severely wounded. He was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers, May 17, 1861, fought a successful battle at Romney, Oct. 22, 1861, was again victorious at Blue's gap, and was then appointed to command the Department of Harper's Ferry and Cumberland, but was relieved at his own request, in Jan., 1862, on account of his wounds. In the following summer he resumed command of the railroad district under Gen. Fremont, and in July, 1863, was assigned to the Department of West Virginia. He pursued Gen. Lee after his passage of the Potomac and dispersed the Confederate camp under Gen. Imboden near Moorefield, Va., in Nov., 1863. In 1864 he won the battles of Cumberland, Md., and New creek and Moorefield, Va., and on March 13, 1865, he was brevetted major-general for gallant and distinguished services during the war. He was appointed collector of internal revenue for the 1st division of West Virginia in 1866, was appointed, in 1876, superintendent of the Hot Springs, Ark., reservation, and in 1883 received from President Arthur appointment as examiner of pensions. Gen. Kelley died in Oakland, Md., July 16, 1891.

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

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