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Civil War Soldiers - Piatt

Piatt, Abram S., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, May 2, 1821. He was educated at the Athenaeum and at Kinmount academy in Cincinnati, and then engaged in farming in the Macacheek valley. He began to study law in 1846, and in that year founded a paper, which he afterwards edited for several years, called the "Macacheek Press." He enlisted in the volunteer army in 1861, was commissioned colonel of the 13th Ohio infantry on April 20, and in July raised and equipped at his own expense the 1st Ohio Zouave regiment, which became the 34th Ohio infantry, and of which he was commissioned colonel on Sept. 2. He then began to organize another regiment, with the intention of forming a brigade, but before it was completed he was ordered to the front, and was made brigadier-general of volunteers, April 28, 1862. He commanded the post at Winchester, Va., for a short time, and subsequently he participated in the second battle of Bull Run and the battle of Fredericksburg. He resigned from the army, Feb. 17, 1863, and resumed farming, became a member of the National Greenback-Labor party and was its candidate for governor in 1879. He was a member of the Patrons of Husbandry, serving as its state lecturer for two years, and he contributed poems to his own publication and to the Cincinnati "Commercial."

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

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