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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