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Civil War Soldiers - Mott

Mott, Gershom, major-general, was born at Lamberton, N. J., April 7, 1822. He attended the Trenton, N. J., academy, entered business life in New York city at the age of fourteen, and in the Mexican war served as 2nd lieutenant in the 10th U. S. infantry. He was collector of the port of Lamberton, 1849-53, teller of the Bordentown banking company, 1855- 61, and he entered the service of the United States for the Civil war, Aug. 17, 1861, as lieutenant-colonel of the 5th N. J. infantry. He was promoted colonel of the 6th N. J. infantry, May 7, 1862, was wounded at the second battle of Bull Run, and was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers Sept. 7, 1862. He was again wounded at Chancellorsville, May 3, 1863 ; commanded the 4th division, Hancock's 2nd corps, in the battle of the Wilderness, and a brigade at the battle of Cold Harbor. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers Aug. 1, 1864, for distinguished services during the war, and at Petersburg, Dec. 31, 1864, he commanded the 3d division, 2nd army corps, and was stationed on the Jerusalem turnpike, south of the city. He was again wounded at Amelia Springs, Va., April 6, 1865, and after the army was disbanded he commanded a provisional corps for some time and was a member of the Wirz commission at Washington. He was given a commission as major-general of volunteers, Dec. 1, 1865, to rank from May 26, 1865, and he resigned, Feb. 20, 1866. After the war Gen. Mott served as paymaster of the Camden & Amboy railroad company, 1866-73 ; became a member of the firm of Thompson & Mott, iron founders; was appointed major-general of the national guard in New Jersey in 1873 ; was treasurer of New Jersey in 1875, keeper of the state prison, 1876-81, and member of the Riparian commission, 1882-84. He was also interested in railroads and banking. He died in New York city May 29, 1884.

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

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