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Civil War Soldiers - Mackenzie

Mackenzie, Ranald S., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Westchester county, N. Y., July 27, 1840, was graduated at West Point in 1862 and assigned to the engineers. He served as assistant engineer, 9th army corps, in the northern Virginia campaign, and was brevetted for gallantry at the battle of Manassas 1st lieutenant. He was attached to the engineer battalion in the Maryland campaign, participated in the battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862, as engineer of Gen. Sumner's grand division, on March 3, 1863, was promoted 1st lieutenant, two months later was brevetted captain for "gallant and meritorious services at the battle of Chancellorsville, Va." He served in the Pennsylvania campaign as commander of an engineer company, was brevetted major for gallantry at Gettysburg, was promoted captain of engineers, Nov. 6, 1863, and commanded the engineer company in the Richmond campaign. He commanded the 2nd Conn. artillery at the siege of Petersburg, was brevetted lieutenant-colonel for his gallantry there, in the following October was brevetted colonel for gallantry at Cedar creek, and was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers for meritorious services at the battles of Opequan, Fisher's hill and Middletown, Va. On March 13, 1865, he was brevetted brigadier-general U. S. A. and major-general of volunteers "for gallant and meritorious services in the field during the rebellion," and he engaged in the battle of Five Forks, the pursuit of Lee's army, and was present at the surrender at Appomattox, April 9, 1865. He was mustered out of the volunteer service, Jan. 15, 1866, was promoted colonel, in 1867, brigadier- general in 1882, and on March 24, 1884, was placed on the retired list, having been disabled "in the line of duty." Gen. Mackenzie died on Staten island, N. Y., Jan. 19, 1889.

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

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