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Civil War Soldiers - Quinby
|Quinby, Isaac F., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born near Morristown, Morris county, N. J., Jan. 29,
1821. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1843
and served from 1845 to 1847 as assistant professor at West Point,
engaging then in the war with Mexico. In 1852 he resigned his
commission and was until the Civil war professor of mathematics and
natural and experimental philosophy at the University of Rochester, N.
Y. He became colonel of the 13th N. Y. infantry, May 14, 1861, led his
regiment through Baltimore to Washington, and then resigned his
commission on Aug. 4. He was appointed brigadier-general of
volunteers, March 17, 1862, took part in the northern Mississippi
campaign of 1862-63, and was detailed to guard the western extremity
of the Memphis & Charleston railroad. He subsequently took an
important part in the operations about Vicksburg, as commander of the
7th division of the Army of the Tennessee, planning an attack on Fort
Pemberton which was given up on orders from Gen. Grant. He was ordered
home on sick leave, May 1, 1863, but, hearing of Grant's proposed
attack on Vicksburg returned to the command of his division two weeks
later, and engaged in the battle of Champion's hill on May 16, and in
the assaults on Vicksburg, May 19-22. His health again failing he was
on leave of absence from June to August, then commanded a draft
rendezvous at Elmira, N. Y., until December, and on Dec. 31, resigned
his commission and resumed his chair at the University of Rochester.
He was city surveyor of Rochester, 1886-90, and a trustee and
vice-president of the soldiers' home at Bath, N. Y., 1879-86. He was
the author of mathematical text-books. Gen. Quinby died in Rochester,
N. Y., Sept. 18, 1891.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908