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Civil War Soldiers - Prime

Prime, Frederick E., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Florence, Italy, Sept. 24, 1829. He was graduated at the United States military academy at the head of his class in 1850 and assigned to the engineer corps, and prior to the Civil war was employed on fortifications in New York, California, Alabama and Mississippi. While on his way to Fort Pickens in 1861 he was taken captive by Confederate forces, was commissioned captain on Aug. 6, and served after his release in the Manassas campaign. He was then for the next six months successively chief engineer of the departments of Kentucky, the Cumberland, and the Ohio, and after being wounded and again taken prisoner he served under Grant in the Mississippi campaign of 1862-63. He was brevetted major for gallantry at Corinth, was promoted major, June 1, 1863, and took part in the siege of Vicksburg, where he won the brevet promotion to lieutenant-colonel. He was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers Aug. 4, 1863. On March 13, 1865, he was brevetted colonel and brigadier-general U. S. A., for gallant and meritorious conduct during the war. He was retired, Sept. 5, 1871, on account of disability incurred in line of duty. He died, Aug. 12, 1900.

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

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