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Civil War Soldiers - Oakes

Oakes, James, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born near Limestoneville, Pa., April 4, 1826. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1846 and served in the 2nd dragoons during the Mexican war, where he won the brevet of 1st lieutenant "for gallant and meritorious conduct in the affair at Medelin, Mex.," and that of captain for gallantry at Molino del Rey. After the Mexican war he served on frontier and garrison duty, was wounded in an affray with Indians, Aug. 12, 1850, and was promoted captain in the 2nd infantry, March 3, 1855. He was subsequently a member of frequent scouting parties against Indians, was promoted major, April 6, 1861, and declined the commission of brigadier-general of volunteers offered him, May 17, 1861. He commanded a regiment in the Tennessee and Mississippi campaign of 1862, afterwards served on mustering and recruiting service, and commanded the District of Illinois, 1863-66. He had been promoted lieutenant-colonel of the 4th cavalry, Nov. 12, 1861, and on July 31, 1866, he was promoted colonel of the 6th cavalry. He was retired April 20, 1879. On March 30, 1865, he was brevetted colonel and brigadier-general U. S. A., "for meritorious and faithful service in the recruitment of the armies of the United States."

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

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