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Civil War Soldiers - Mason

Mason, John S., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Steubenville, Ohio, Aug. 21, 1824. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1847, was assigned to the 3d artillery as 2nd lieutenant and served in the Mexican war in 1847-48. He was promoted 1st lieutenant in 1850, captain May 14, 1861, and was commissioned colonel of the 4th Ohio volunteers Oct. 3, 1861. His regiment was assigned to the 1st brigade, 3d division, 2nd army corps, and he commanded the brigade in the battle of Fredericksburg after Gen. Nathan Kimball was wounded. He was brevetted major, Sept. 17, 1862, for gallant and meritorious services in the battle of Antietam; lieutenant-colonel Dec. 13, 1862, for similar services at Fredericksburg, and colonel and brigadier-general U. S. A., March 13, 1865, "for gallant and meritorious services during the war" and "in the field." He served after Jan. 9, 1863, as brigadier-general of volunteers, his commission dating from Nov. 29, 1862. He was mustered out of the volunteer service April 30, 1866. He was promoted major of the 17th infantry Oct. 14, 1864, and after the war served chiefly on the frontier with different regiments, being promoted lieutenant-colonel of the 4th infantry, Dec. 11, 1873, and colonel of the 9th infantry April 2, 1883. He was retired by operation of law, Aug. 21, 1888, and died in Washington, D. C., Nov. 29, 1897.

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

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