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Civil War Soldiers - Kiernan

Kiernan, James L., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in New York city in 1837. He was graduated at the University of New York in the medical department in 1857, became a teacher in the city public schools and was editor of the "Medical Press" of that city from 1859 until 1861, when he volunteered as assistant surgeon in the 69th N. Y. regiment. He subsequently became surgeon of the 6th Mo. cavalry, March 1, 1862, and served with Fremont in Missouri and in the battle of Pea ridge. He resigned, May 24, 1863, on account of severe wounds which he received near Port Gibson, where he was captured but escaped. On Aug. 1, 1863, he was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers, but resigned Feb. 1, 1864. He then served as surgeon in the United States pension bureau, and after the war was U. S. consul to Chin Kiang, China. He died in New York city, Nov. 27, 1869.

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

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