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Civil War Soldiers - Reilly

Reilly, James W., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Akron, Ohio, May 21, 1828. He was graduated at St. Mary's college, Emmitsburg, Md., was admitted to the bar, and in 1861 was representative from Columbiana county in the state legislature. He became colonel of the 104th Ohio infantry, Aug. 30, 1862, serving in the Army of the Ohio under Gen. H. G. Wright and later under Burnside. He was ordered to organize and command the Eastern Tennessee recruits, and formed them into a brigade which became the 1st brigade, 3d division, 23d army corps. He was engaged in the battle of Knoxville in Dec, 1863, took part in the pursuit of Longstreet and remained in Tennessee until April, 1864, afterwards participating in Sherman's march to Atlanta, and receiving his commission as brigadier-general on July 30, 1864, during the operations before that city. Gen. Reilly distinguished himself at Franklin, Tenn., Nov. 30, 1864, where he captured 1,000 prisoners and 22 stands of colors, and afterwards he commanded a brigade at Nashville on Dec. 15-16, and a division at Bentonville, March 18, 1865. He resigned his commission, April 20, 1866, and afterwards practiced law in Wellsville, Ohio.

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

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