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Civil War Soldiers - Patrick

Patrick, Marsena R., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Houndsfield, N. Y., March 15, 1811. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1831, took part in the Florida war in 1837-42, was promoted 1st lieutenant in 1839 and served in the war with Mexico, being promoted captain in the 22nd infantry, Aug. 22, 1847, and brevetted major May 30, 1848, "for meritorious conduct while serving in the enemy's country." He resigned from the army in 1850 and engaged in farming in New York, becoming also president of the Sacket's Harbor & Ellisburg railroad, general superintendent of the New York state agricultural society, and president of the New York state agricultural college. He was brigadier-general of staff and inspector-general of New York militia in 1861 ; a member of the staff of Gen. McClellan in 1862, and on March 17 of that year was commissioned brigadier-general of United States volunteers. He commanded a brigade in the defense of Washington from March to May, then became military commandant of Fredericksburg, and he took part in McDowell's pursuit of Jackson, May 7-Aug. 9, 1862. He commanded a brigade in the northern Virginia campaign and was present at the battles of Bull Run, South mountain and Antietam, and was subsequently provost-marshal-general of the Army of the Potomac, 1863-65, and of the armies operating against Richmond, 1864-65. On March 13, 1865, he was brevetted major-general of volunteers for faithful and meritorious service, and subsequently was provost-marshal-general of the Department of the Virginia until June, 1865, when he resigned. After the war Gen. Patrick was president of the New York state agricultural society, 1867-68; and commissioner of New York state, 1868-69, and 1879-80. He then removed to Dayton, Ohio, and was governor of the central branch of the national home for disabled volunteer soldiers from 1880 to 1888. He died in Dayton, Ohio, July 27, 1888.

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

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