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Civil War Soldiers - Shepard

Shepard, Isaac F., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in the state of Massachusetts. In early life he removed to Missouri and was a resident of that state at the time of the breaking out of the Civil war. He at once offered his services in defense of the Federal cause, and on June 18, 1861, was appointed assistant adjutant-general of the state of Missouri with the rank of major. On Aug. 30 he was commissioned lieutenant-colonel of the 19th Mo. infantry, and upon the consolidation of that regiment with the 3d Mo. infantry on Jan. 18, 1862, he was commissioned colonel. With four companies of the regiment he marched to southwest Missouri and was in the battle of Pea ridge. He led his entire regiment as a part of Gen. Curtis' army in the expedition to Helena, Ark., and on Dec. 12 became a part of the Army of the Mississippi. On May 9, 1863, he became colonel of the 51st U. S. colored infantry and commanded that organization until Oct. 27, 1863, when he was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers. He served until his commission expired, on July 4, 1864, and he then left the service and devoted his attention to peaceful pursuits. He died on Aug. 25, 1889.

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

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