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Civil War Soldiers - Penrose
|Penrose, William H.,
brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born at Madison barracks, Sacket's
Harbor, N. Y., March 10, 1832. Prior to the Civil war he engaged in
civil and mechanical engineering in Michigan, and on April 13, 1861,
he was appointed 2nd lieutenant in the 3d U. S. infantry. He was
promoted 1st lieutenant on May 14, was appointed colonel of the 15th
N. J. volunteers April 18, 1863, and commanded the 1st brigade, 1st
division, 6th army corps, from the afternoon of the first day's fight
at Chancellorsville until three days before the battle of Gettysburg,
when Gen. A. T. A. Torbert, absent by reason of wounds, returned. He
commanded his regiment at Gettysburg and in Grant's campaign against
Richmond early in 1864, and then commanded a brigade again at the
battle of Cold Harbor on June 1, and through the Wilderness campaign.
He continued in command through the Shenandoah valley under Sheridan,
and was wounded at Cedar creek on Oct. 19. He was brevetted captain
for gallantry at Marye's heights and major for good conduct at
Gettysburg, was promoted captain, Sept. 11, 1863, brevetted
lieutenant- colonel for services in the Wilderness, colonel for
gallantry at Cedar creek, brigadier-general of volunteers for conduct
at Middletown, and on April 9, 1865, was brevetted brigadier-general
in the regular army for gallant and meritorious services in the field
during the war. He was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers, June
27, 1865, and was honorably mustered out of the volunteer service,
Jan. 15, 1866. In the regular army he rose to colonel of the 20th
infantry, Nov. 28, 1893. He was transferred to the 16th infantry in
1894 and retired by operation of law, March 10, 1896.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908