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Civil War Soldiers - Slack

Slack, James R., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in the state of Pennsylvania, but removed to Indiana early in life and was a resident of that state at the time of the breaking out of the Civil war. In Oct., 1861, he joined the 47th Ind. infantry, a regiment that was organized at Anderson, Ind., and with it he was mustered into the service on Dec. 13, being commissioned colonel. On the same day he left the state with his regiment and proceeded to Bardstown, Ky., where his command was assigned to Gen. Wood's brigade of Buell's army. It moved to Camp Wickliffe, arriving there Dec. 31, and thence moved for West Point, Feb. 14, 1862, taking transports there for Commerce, Miss. He thence moved to New Madrid, where he was engaged with the enemy, his regiment being the first to enter Fort Thompson. He led his regiment in the engagement at Riddle's Point between the shore batteries and the enemy's gunboats and then moved to Tiptonville, Tenn. He was at Memphis during July and with his regiment participated in a skirmish at Brown's plantation on Aug. 11. He then moved to Helena, Ark., where he remained with his regiment until March, 1863, then joined the Yazoo Pass expedition, after which he moved his command to the rear of Vicksburg, engaging in the battles and skirmishes of that campaign. He was at Champion's hill, and in the trenches before Vicksburg his regiment was constantly engaged until the surrender. He was also engaged in the battle at Jackson, moved to New Orleans in August and thence to Berwick bay. In the Teche expedition with his regiment he was engaged at Grand Coteau, and he also took part in the Red River expedition in the spring of 1864, participating in the marches, battles, skirmishes and retreats of that campaign. He was engaged at Atchafalaya bayou on July 28, and was stationed with his regiment at Morganza most of the fall, being promoted to brigadier-general on Nov. 10, 1864. He continued in the field, rendering loyal and effective service, until Jan. 15, 1866, when he was honorably mustered out, having been brevetted major- general of volunteers on March 13, 1865, for gallant and meritorious services during the war. Gen. Slack died on July 28, 1881.

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

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