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Civil War Soldiers - Seward
|Seward, William H., Jr.,
brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Auburn, N. Y., June 18,
1839, being the son of the eminent statesman of the same name. He was
carefully educated at home and entered business in a banking
institution at Auburn in 1861, but shortly afterward enlisted in the
volunteer service as lieutenant-colonel of the 138th N. Y. infantry.
He was an energetic officer and was shortly promoted to the colonelcy
of the 9th N. Y. heavy artillery. Col. Seward's regiment saw
considerable service in the battle of the Wilderness and took part in
the battle of Cold Harbor. He was given command of Fort Foote, Md.,
and was engaged in the battle of Monocacy, where he received a slight
wound, but not sufficiently serious to prevent his retaining his
command. On Sept. 13, 1864, he was commissioned brigadier-general of
volunteers, and was for a season in command at Martinsburg, Va., but
on June 1, 1865, he resigned his commission and returned to Auburn,
where he resumed his banking business.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908