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Civil War Soldiers - McKinstry

McKinstry, Justus, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in New York about 1818, was graduated at the United States military academy in 1838 and assigned to the 2nd infantry. He was promoted 1st lieutenant in 1841, and in the Mexican war he led a company of volunteers at Contreras and Churubusco, and was brevetted major for gallantry. He participated also in the battle of Chapultepec and was promoted captain Jan. 12, 1848. He subsequently served on quartermaster duty, and on Aug. 3, 1861, he was promoted major and quartermaster, and was stationed at St. Louis and attached to the staff of Gen. John C. Fremont. He was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers Sept. 2, 1861, and commanded a division on Gen. Fremont's march to Springfield. He was subsequently accused of dishonesty in his transactions as quartermaster and was arrested on Nov. 11, 1861, by Gen. Hunter, who succeeded Fremont. After almost a year of imprisonment and release on parole, he was tried by court-martial in Oct., 1862, and on Jan. 28, 1863, he was dismissed from the army for neglect and violation of duty. He afterwards became a stock-broker in New York and then a land-agent in Rolla, Mo. He died Dec. 11, 1897. 

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

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