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Civil War Soldiers - Patterson

Patterson, Francis E., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., June 24, 1827. He was graduated at the University of Pennsylvania, served in McCullough's "Texas Rangers" in the Mexican war, and on June 24, 1847, was appointed 2nd lieutenant in the 1st U. S. artillery. He was promoted 1st lieutenant in 1848 and captain in the 9th infantry in 1855, resigned his commission in 1857 and became engaged in mercantile pursuits. He became colonel of a Pennsylvania regiment at the beginning of the Civil war, was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, April 11, 1861, and commanded the 3d brigade, Hooker's division, Heintzelman's corps, at Williamsburg and Fair Oaks. He was killed by the accidental discharge of his own pistol and died at Fairfax Court House, Va., Nov. 22, 1862.

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

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