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Civil War Soldiers - Lawler

Lawler, Michael K., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Ireland Nov. 16, 1814. He immigrated to America, located in Illinois, and there became captain of the 3d Ill. infantry, June 29, 1846, serving with his regiment in the Mexican war until honorably mustered out, May 21, 1847. Returning then to Illinois, Capt. Lawler raised an independent company of Illinois mounted volunteers, of which he became captain, July 19, 1847, and with which he served during the remainder of the war, being mustered out of the service Oct. 26, 1848. He began his service in the Civil war as colonel of the 18th Ill. infantry, his commission dating from June 30, 1861. The 18th regiment was organized at Camp Anna and was mustered into the state service first for thirty days by Capt. U. S. Grant, afterwards being mustered into the United States service for three years. It took a gallant part in the capture of Fort Donelson. Col. Lawler was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers, Nov. 29, 1862, and served until mustered out of the volunteer service, Jan. 15, 1866. For gallant and meritorious services during the war he was brevetted major-general of volunteers, March 13, 1865. He died July 26, 1882.

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

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