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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

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