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Civil War Soldiers - Kirby
|Kirby, Edmund, brigadier-general, U.S.
Army, was born in Brownville, N. Y., in 1840. He was graduated at the
U. S. military academy in 1861, was promoted 1st lieutenant in the 1st
artillery, May 17, 1861, and upon the death of Capt. James B. Ricketts
at Bull Run, succeeded to the command of his battery. He was engaged
with the battery throughout the Peninsular and Maryland campaigns, on
the march to Falmouth and in the battles of Fredericksburg and
Chancellorsville. He was mortally wounded at Chancellorsville, May 3,
1863, and was taken to Washington, where he died, May 23, 1863. For
his gallantry in the battle in which he received his death wound he
was given on his death-bed a commission as brigadier- general of
volunteers, to date from the day of his death.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908