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Civil War Soldiers - McKean

McKean, Thomas J., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Burlington, Pa., Aug. 21, 1810. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1831 and assigned to the 4th infantry, but resigned in 1834, and engaged in civil engineering, he served during the Florida war, 1837-38, as adjutant of the 1st Pa. volunteers; and in the Mexican war failing to secure an appointment he served as a private and afterwards as sergeant- major in the 15th infantry, engaging at Contreras, at Churubusco, where he was wounded, and at Molino del Rey, the storming of Chapultepec, and the capture of the City of Mexico. He was brevetted 2nd lieutenant of dragoons in June, 1848, but declined and returned to civil engineering, in which profession he attained some prominence. He was appointed additional paymaster of U. S. volunteers, June 1, 1861, and promoted brigadier-general of volunteers Nov. 21, 1861. He commanded Jefferson City and the central district of Missouri from Dec, 1861, to March, 1862, and served in the Mississippi campaign until July, 1862. He subsequently commanded Benton barracks at St. Louis, Mo., until September, and Corinth, Miss., from September to October, and in the battle of Corinth, Oct. 3-4, 1862, he commanded the 6th division, Army of West Tennessee. From Jan. to June, 1863, Gen. McKean was in command of the District of Missouri, and after that he was in command successively of the districts of Nebraska and South Kansas. He was chief of cavalry, Department of the Gulf, from Sept. to Oct., 1864, was then on court-martial duty until December, and subsequently commanded successively the districts of West Florida, Morganza, La., and southwest Missouri. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, March 13, 1865, for gallant and meritorious services during the war, and was honorably mustered out Aug. 24, 1865. After the war he became a farmer near Marion, Iowa, where he was mayor of the town in 1865, and in 1869 he was offered the office of pension agent for the eastern district of Iowa, but declined. He was a delegate to the Republican national convention at Chicago, Ill., May 20, 1868. Gen. McKean died in Marion, Ia., April 19, 1870.

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

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