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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

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