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Civil War Soldiers - Sanders

Sanders, William P., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Lexington, Ky., Aug. 12, 1833. He was graduated in the U. S. military academy in 1856, became 1st lieutenant on May 1, 1861, and on the 14th of that month was promoted captain in the 6th U. S. cavalry. He participated in the battles of Yorktown, Williamsburg, Mechanicsville, and Hanover Court House, during the Peninsular campaign, became colonel of the 5th Ky. cavalry in March, 1863, and engaged in pursuit of Morgan's raiders in July and August. He acted as chief of cavalry in the Department of the Ohio in October and November, was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers on Oct. 18, and took part in the actions at Blue springs and Lenoir's station. Gen. Sanders was mortally wounded at Campbell's station, and died two days later, Nov. 18, 1863, at Knoxville, Tenn.

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

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