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Civil War Soldiers - Revere

Revere, Joseph W., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Boston, Mass., May 17, 1812. He entered the service of the United States in 1828 as midshipman in the navy, was promoted past midshipman in 1834 and lieutenant in 1841, and served during the Mexican war, where he raised the first United States flag on the north side of the bay of San Francisco. He left the service of the United States in 1850, entered the Mexican service as lieutenant-colonel of artillery, and was knighted by Queen Isabella of Spain for saving the lives of her subjects. When the Civil war broke out he re-entered the national service, becoming colonel of the 7th N. J. volunteers, Sept. 19, 1861. He was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers, Oct. 25, 1862, and commanded a brigade at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. For his action at Chancellorsville he was censured by Gen. Joseph B. Carr, commanding the division, and a court-martial dismissed him from the service in May, 1863. However, he succeeded in having the proceedings reopened and President Lincoln subsequently accepted his resignation from the army. Gen. Revere died in Hoboken, N. J., April 20, 1880.

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

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