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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

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