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Civil War Soldiers - Ketchum

Ketchum, William S., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Norfolk, Conn., July 7, 1813, and was graduated at the U. S. military academy in 1834. He served against the Seminole Indians in Florida, became captain in the 6th infantry in 1842, and then until 1861 was engaged in garrison duty on the western frontier and the Pacific coast, being promoted major of the 4th infantry in June, 1860. At the outbreak of the Civil war he became acting inspector-general of the Department of the Missouri, with headquarters in St. Louis, and in Feb., 1862, he was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers and given charge of the organization of recruits in Harrisburg, Pa., serving later in the war department, and then, during the latter part of the war was connected with the quartermaster's department. He was brevetted brigadier-general and major-general U. S. A., March 13, 1865, for his services during the war, was mustered out of the volunteer service, April 30, 1866, and served subsequently in the adjutant-general's department and in the treasury department until retired in 1869. Gen. Ketchum died in Baltimore, Md., June 28, 1871.

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

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