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Civil War Soldiers - Paine

Paine, Charles J., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Boston, Mass., Aug. 26, 1833. He was graduated at Harvard with the degree of A. B. in 1853 and A. M. in 1856, and he entered the Union Army, Oct. 5, 1861, as captain in the 22nd Mass. infantry. He became major in the 30th Mass. infantry, Jan. 16, 1862, colonel of the 2nd La., infantry, Oct. 23, of that year, and on July 4, 1864, he was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers. He led a brigade at the siege of Port Hudson, May 24-July 8, 1863, then joined Gen. Butler in the Department of Virginia and North Carolina, participating in the battle of Drewry's bluff, and he commanded a division of colored troops in the attack at New Market, Va., in Sept., 1864. He also participated in the expedition against Fort Fisher, was with Sherman in North Carolina, subsequently, and for a time commanded the District of New Berne. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, Jan. 15, 1865, for "valuable and meritorious services," and was mustered out a year later. After leaving the army Gen. Paine was connected with the management of railroad corporations and was for many years a director of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, the Mexican central and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroads. He also became prominent for the part he took in defending the "America's" cup, and in Feb., 1888, the New York yacht club presented him with a silver cup in recognition of his services in three times defending the trophy. In 1897 he was appointed by President McKinley, together with Edward O. Wolcott and Adlai E. Stevenson, a special envoy to Great Britain, France and Germany, with a view to secure by international agreement the remonetization of silver as a coin of final redemption.

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

Paine, Eleazer A., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Parkman, Geauga county, Ohio, Sept. 10, 1815. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1839, served on Gen. Taylor's staff in the Florida war, and resigned his commission in 1840 to begin the study of law. He was admitted to the bar and practiced at Painesville, Ohio, 1843-48, and then at Monmouth, Ill., 1848-61. He was United States deputy marshal for Ohio from 1842 to 1845, being at the same time lieutenant-colonel in the Ohio militia, and he was brigadier-general of Ohio militia from 1845 to 1848. He was appointed colonel of the 9th Ill. infantry, July 26, 1861, and brigadier-general of volunteers on Sept. 3 of that year. He commanded a brigade at Paducah, Ky., in the fall of 1861, at Cairo, Jan.- Feb., 1862, and the 4th division of Pope's army in the operations against New Madrid, Island No. 10, Fort Pillow and Memphis, in March and April, 1862, and he took an important part in the advance on Corinth in May, the evacuation of that place being materially hastened by his operations, his troops being engaged with the Confederates at Farmington on May 9. The remainder of his service was in guarding railroads, and as commander, first of the district of West Tennessee and then of western Kentucky. He resigned his commission, April 5, 1865, and after the war engaged in business. Gen. Paine was a personal friend of President Lincoln. He died in Jersey City, N. J., Dec. 16, 1882.

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

Paine, Halbert E., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Chardon, Geauga county, Ohio, Feb. 4, 1826. He was graduated at Western Reserve college with the degree of A. B. in 1845 and A. M. in 1848, was admitted to the bar in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1849 and practiced there until 1857, when he moved to Milwaukee, where he continued the practice of his profession until the Civil war broke out. He was major-general of Ohio militia, 1856-57. He entered the service of the United States, July 2, 1861, as colonel of the 4th Wis. cavalry, and after serving for a time at Baltimore, Md., left with Gen. Butler in 1862 on the expedition to New Orleans. His service during the remainder of the war was chiefly in the Department of the Gulf. He captured the town of Grand Bluff and burned it by order of Gen. Butler, was subsequently arrested by Gen. Thomas Williams for refusing to return fugitive slaves to the camps of their masters, and after the death of Gen. Williams succeeded to the command of Baton Rouge, where he packed the statue of Washington and the books in the state capital and sent them to New Orleans. He was promoted brigadier- general of volunteers, March 13, 1863, and in the last assault on Port Hudson, where he commanded the 3d division of the 19th corps, he lost a leg. He afterwards served on Gen. Augur's military commission in Washington, commanded the forces stationed between Forts Totten and Stevens during Gen. Early's advance on Washington in July, 1864, commanded for a time the district of Illinois, and then returned to Milwaukee. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, March 13, 1865, "for conspicuous gallantry on several occasions, particularly for the attack on Port Hudson, La., May 27, 1863." He resigned from the army, May 15, 1865. Gen. Paine was a Republican representative from the 1st Wis. district in Congress from 1865-71, and in 1869 secured the passage of a bill organizing the United States signal service. After leaving Congress he practiced law in Washington and was United States commissioner of patents from 1878 to 1890.

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

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