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Civil War Soldiers - Seymour

Seymour, Truman, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Burlington, Vt., Sept. 25, 1824. He was graduated at the United States military academy and appointed brevet 2nd lieutenant 1st artillery, July 1, 1846; was promoted 2nd lieutenant March 3, and 1st lieutenant Aug. 26, 1847; captain Nov. 22, 1860; was transferred to the 5th artillery, May 14, 1861; promoted major, Aug 13, 1866; and was retired, Nov. 1, 1876. In the volunteer army he was commissioned brigadier- general on April 26, 1862; brevetted major-general on March 13, 1865, and was mustered out of the service on Aug. 24, following. During his military career he was brevetted 1st lieutenant on April 18, 1847, for gallantry at Cerro Gordo; captain on Aug. 20 following, for conduct at Contreras and Churubusco; major on April 13, 1861, for the defense of Fort Sumter; lieutenant-colonel, Sept. 14, and colonel Sept. 17, 1862, for gallantry at South mountain and Antietam; and brigadier-general and major-general on March 18, 1865, for services at Petersburg and during the war, and for "ability and energy in handling his division and for gallantry and valuable services in action." In his long service he distinguished himself in the Mexican, the Seminole, and the Civil wars. He was a member of Maj. Anderson's staff in the defense of Fort Sumter. Among his brilliant feats in the Civil war were his leading in the unsuccessful assault on Fort Wagner, where he was severely wounded, and his three hours' battle with the Confederates under Gen. Joseph Finegan, near Olustee, Fla., whence he was forced to retire to Jacksonville. He was taken prisoner in the battle of the Wilderness on May 6, 1864, and, by order of Gen. Samuel Jones, was placed in the line of fire of the Federal batteries on Morris island. After his release on Aug. 9, he commanded a division in the Shenandoah valley and Richmond campaigns, and was conspicuous in the siege of and final attack on Petersburg. After the war he commanded forts in Florida, Fort Warren, Mass., and Fort Preble, Me., till his retirement. He then lived in Europe, most of the time in Florence, Italy, at which place he died on Oct. 30, 1891.

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

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