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Civil War Soldiers - Marcy

Marcy, Randolph B., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Greenwich, Mass., April 9, 1812, and was graduated at the United States military academy in 1832. He served in the Black Hawk war, on frontier duty, took part in the military occupation of Texas, and was engaged in the war with Mexico, being present at the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. He afterwards was engaged in the explorations of the Red river, in the Seminole war in Florida, and in the Missouri and Utah expedition of 1857-58. He was promoted paymaster with the rank of major, Aug. 22, 1859, and inspector-general with the rank of colonel Aug. 9, 1861. He was chief-of-staff to Gen. McClellan, his son-in-law, at the beginning of the war, was made brigadier-general Sept. 23, 1861, engaged in the campaign of western Virginia May to July, 1861, and was in Washington from July, 1861, to August, 1862. He served during the war on inspection duty in the departments of the Northwest, the Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi and the Gulf, until 1865, and was on leave of absence, 1865-66. He was brevetted brigadier-general and major-general U. S. A., March 13, 1865, for faithful and meritorious services during the war. Gen. Marcy was promoted inspector-general with the rank of brigadier-general U. S. A., Dec. 12, 1878, and was retired from active service Jan. 2, 1881. He contributed to magazines and wrote several books. He was a famous hunter. Gen. Marcy died in Orange, N. J., Nov. 22, 1887.

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

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