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Civil War Soldiers - McGinnis
|McGinnis, George F.,
brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Boston, Mass., March 19,
1826. He was educated in the common schools of Maine and Ohio and he
served in the Mexican war as 1st lieutenant and subsequently captain
in the 2nd Ohio volunteers. Enlisting for the Civil war as a private
in the 11th Ind. infantry on April 11, 1861, he was a few days later
made captain and then lieutenant-colonel under Col. Lew Wallace, and
on Sept. 6, 1861, he became colonel of the regiment. He was promoted
brigadier-general on Sept. 29, 1862. Gen. McGinnis commanded his
regiment and distinguished himself at the capture of Fort Donelson,
and in the battle of Shiloh he commanded the 1st brigade, 3d division.
He took part with a portion of his regiment in the Yazoo pass
expedition in Feb., 1863; commanded the 1st brigade, 12th division,
13th army corps, Army of the Tennessee, in the Vicksburg campaign,
May-July 4, 1863, and subsequently served in the west until the close
of the war. He was mustered out of the service Aug. 24, 1865, settled
in Indianapolis, Ind., and from 1867 to 1871 he was auditor of Marion
county, Ind. He was appointed postmaster at Indianapolis in 1897.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908