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Civil War Soldiers - Kirk

Kirk, Edward N., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Jefferson county, Ohio, Feb. 29, 1828. He was educated at the Friends' academy, Mount Pleasant, taught school, was admitted to the bar in 1853, and, after a year in practice at Baltimore, Md., removed to Sterling, Ill. In Aug., 1861, he recruited the 34th Ill. volunteers, of which he was commissioned colonel, and was assigned to the 5th brigade, 2nd division, Army of the Ohio. He served as member of the military board of examiners at Munfordville, Ky., was then in charge of an expedition in the defence of Lebanon, Ky., and subsequently assumed command of all the forces at Louisville, until relieved by Gen. Gilbert, when he was assigned to command the 1st brigade, 2nd division, Army of Kentucky. He assumed command of the 5th brigade, 2nd division, Sept. 28, 1861, and on Nov. 29, 1862, was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers for heroic action, gallantry, and ability. Gen. Kirk was wounded at the battle of Shiloh, covered the retreat of the Federal army at Richmond, Ky., and commanded the 2nd brigade, 2nd division, occupying the right wing of the Army of the Cumberland, at Murfreesboro, Dec. 31, 1862-Jan. 3, 1863. In that battle his brigade lost about 500 men in killed and wounded, and he himself received a mortal wound. Gen. Kirk died in Sterling, Ill., July 29, 1863.

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

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