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Civil War Soldiers - Prince

Prince, Henry, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Eastport, Me., June 19, 1811. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1835, and served in the Seminole war, 1836-37, the Florida war of 1841-42, and the Mexican war. In the latter conflict he won the brevet of captain for gallantry at Contreras and Churubusco, was present also at the capture of San Antonio, and was brevetted major for gallantry in the battle of Molino del Rey, where he was severely wounded. After the war he was an invalid from his wound for three years, and subsequently served on coast survey duty and in the pay department, and took part in the Utah expedition. In the Civil war he took part in the northern Virginia campaign, was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, April 28, 1862, and at the battle of Cedar mountain he commanded first a brigade in Gen. Augur's division, and, after that officer was wounded, the division ; was captured there and held prisoner until December. For gallant and meritorious service at Cedar mountain he was brevetted lieutenant-colonel and after his release he participated in the North Carolina operations early in 1863, was ordered to Maryland in June, was engaged at the action at Wapping heights in July, and from October to December commanded a division in the Rapidan campaign, being prominent in the attack on the Confederates at Antioch Church on Nov. 29. He commanded the district of Columbus, Ky., from April to Aug., 1864, was engaged from October to November in the pursuit of Forrest's raiders in Tennessee and Alabama, and from Jan. to May, 1865, commanded a provisional division on the coast of South Carolina. On March 13, 1865, he was brevetted colonel and brigadier-general in the regular army for faithful, gallant and meritorious services during the war, and he was mustered out of the volunteer service, April 30, 1866. After the war he served in the pay department, rising to lieutenant-colonel and department paymaster-general in 1877, and he was retired in 1879. He committed suicide in London, Eng., Aug. 19, 1892.

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

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