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Civil War Soldiers - Ledlie

Ledlie, James H., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Utica, N. Y., April 14, 1832. He studied at Union college, became a Civil engineer, and at the beginning of the Civil war, on May 22, 1861, he was commissioned major in the 3d N. Y. artillery. He became lieutenant-colonel of this regiment on Sept. 28, colonel on Dec. 23, and was promoted brigadier- general of volunteers Dec. 24, 1862. Late in 1862 he was made chief of artillery on the staff of Gen. John G. Foster. Gen. Ledlie served in North and South Carolina, subsequently in the Army of the Potomac, and his division led the assault on the crater after the explosion of the mine at Petersburg. He resigned from the volunteer service, Jan. 23, 1865, declined a commission in the regular army, and returned to the practice of his profession as a civil engineer. He took the contract for the building of bridges, trestles and snow-sheds for the Union Pacific railroad, built the breakwaters of Chicago harbor, engaged in railroad construction in the west and south, and at the time of his death was chief engineer of railways in California and Nevada and president of the Baltimore, Cincinnati & Western railroad construction company. Gen. Ledlie died at New Brighton, Staten island, N. Y., Aug. 15, 1882.

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

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