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