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Civil War Soldiers - Negley

Negley, James S., major-general, U.S. Army, was born in East Liberty, Allegheny county, Pa., Dec. 22, 1826. He was graduated at the Western Reserve university of Pennsylvania, served through the most important battles of the Mexican war as a private in the 1st Penn. volunteers, and on returning to civil life became a farmer and horticulturalist. At the beginning of the Civil war he raised a brigade for three months' service and participated with it in the battle of Falling Waters, July 2, 1861. After his three months' service had expired he was recommissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, his commission dating from Oct. 1, 1861, and served under Gen. Buell in northern Alabama and Tennessee, where he commanded one of the columns of Mitchel's force, and in May, 1862, surprised the Confederate cavalry under Gen. Wirt Adams, at Sweeden's cove captured a large number of prisoners and put the remainder to flight. He subsequently commanded at the battle of La Vergne, Oct. 7, 1862, where he defeated the Confederates under Gen. R. H. Anderson and Gen. N. B. Forrest, and for gallantry at Stone's river he was promoted major-general, to date from Nov. 29, 1862. He engaged in the Georgia campaign, and held Owen's gap at the battle of Chickamauga. He was honorably mustered out Jan. 19, 1865. After the war Gen. Negley was representative in Congress from the 22nd Penn. district from 1869-73, 1875-77, and 1885-87. He was for fifteen years manager of the Volunteer Soldiers' Home; was president of the National Union League of America; member of the G. A. R. Veteran Legion; Scott's Legion; Military Order of Foreign Wars, and other military orders. He died in Plainfield. N. J., Aug. 7, 1901.

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

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