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Civil War Soldiers - Ord

Ord, Edward O. C., major-general, U.S. Army, was born at Cumberland, Md., Oct. 18, 1818. He was educated at the West Point military academy, and after being graduated in 1839 was appointed a brevet second lieutenant in the 3d U. S. artillery. He served with distinction in the Seminole war in Florida, and also in the Civil war. The battle of Dranesville, in 1861, was won under his leadership, and he was severely wounded at the battle of Hatchie bridge and again at the assault on Fort Harrison. Having been several times promoted for gallant and meritorious conduct, he became commander of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina in 1864, and led the Army of the James in the victorious engagements that ended the war. In March, 1865, he received the brevet of major-general in the regular army, and he subsequently held successive command of the Departments of Arkansas, California, Texas, and the Platte. In 1880 he was placed on the retired list, and soon afterward accepted the position of engineer in the construction of the Mexican railway. He died at Havana, Cuba, July 22, 1883.

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

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