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Civil War Soldiers - Shepley

Shepley, George F., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Saco, Me., Jan. 1, 1819. He was graduated at Dartmouth college in 1837, and after studying law at the Harvard law school he began practice in Bangor, Me., but in 1844 removed to Portland. In 1850 he was elected to the state senate, and from 1853 to June, 1861, he was United States district attorney for Maine, having been appointed to that office by President Pierce and continued in it by President Buchanan. In 1860 he was a delegate at large to the national Democratic convention at Charleston, and attended its adjourned session at Baltimore. In the autumn of 1861 he became colonel of the 12th Me. volunteers, with which he arrived at Ship island in Feb., 1862. He was then placed in command of the 3d brigade, and on the occupation of New Orleans he was made military commandant of that city. In June, 1862, he was appointed governor of Louisiana, and in July was made a brigadier-general of volunteers. After the inauguration of a civil governor of Louisiana Gen. Shepley was placed in command of the military district of Eastern Virginia. He afterward became chief of staff to Maj.-Gen. Weitzel, and for a short time during the absence of that officer commanded the 25th army corps. He continued with the Army of the James to the end of the war, and after the entry into Richmond he was made the first military governor of that city. He resigned his commission in the army on July 1, 1865, and in 1866 he was elected as a Republican to the Maine legislature. In 1869 he was appointed United States circuit judge for the 1st circuit, in which position he continued till the time of his death, that event occurring at Portland, Me., on July 20, 1878.

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

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