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Civil War Soldiers - Poe

Poe, Orlando M., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Navarre, Ohio, March 7, 1832. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1856, and until the Civil war was engaged on the survey of the northern lakes, being promoted 1st lieutenant in 1860. Early in the war he was engaged in organizing volunteers in Ohio, and he was chief topographical engineer of the Department of the Ohio from May 13, 1861, to July 15 of that year, taking part in the action at Rich mountain on July 11, on the staff of Gen. McClellan. He was a member of Gen. McClellan's staff at Washington from July to September, was appointed colonel of the 2nd Mich. volunteers on Sept. 16, and he served during the following winter in the defenses of Washington. He served with the Army of the Potomac at the battles of Williamsburg and Fair Oaks, then commanded a brigade in the northern Virginia campaign and subsequently in the defenses of Washington, served in the Maryland campaign, was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, Nov. 29, 1862, and participated in the battle of Fredericksburg, afterwards commanding a division in the 9th army corps until April, 1863. He was promoted captain of engineers, March 3, 1863, and was subsequently successively chief engineer of the Army of the Ohio, of the Department of the Mississippi, and of Sherman's army. He was brevetted major for gallant services at the siege of Knoxville, lieutenant-colonel for gallantry at the capture of Atlanta, colonel for conduct at Savannah, and brigadier-general, March 13, 1865, for services in the Carolinas. After the war he was promoted major in 1867, lieutenant-colonel in 1882 and colonel in 1888. He was engineer secretary of the lighthouse board until 1870, constructed the lighthouse on Spectacle reef, Lake Huron, 1870-73 ; was aide-de-camp to Gen. Sherman from 1873 to 1884, and at the same time had charge of river and harbor works from Lake Erie to Lake Superior. He was fatally injured while inspecting the great lock at Sault Ste. Marie, and died at Detroit, Mich., Oct. 2, 1895.

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

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