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Civil War Soldiers - Slemmer

Slemmer, Adam J., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Montgomery county, Pa., in 1828. He was graduated at the West Point military academy in July, 1850, and assigned to the 1st artillery. He took a conspicuous part in the campaign against the Seminole Indians in Florida, served on the California frontier for four years, and was assistant professor of mathematics at West Point, 1855-59. He was afterward assigned to garrison duty at Fort Moultrie, S. C., and in 1860 was transferred to Florida. When the war broke out he occupied Fort Barrancas in Pensacola harbor with a small body of soldiers. Later he was instrumental in holding Fort Pickens until relieved by Col. Harvey Brown, thus preserving the key to the Gulf of Mexico. He was promoted major of the 16th infantry in May, 1861; was inspector-general of the Department of the Ohio, and participated in the siege of Corinth and the movement for the relief of Nashville, Tenn. He became brigadier-general of volunteers, Nov. 29, 1862, and took an active part in the battle of Stone's river, Dec. 31, where he received wounds so severe that his field service was practically ended. From July, 1863, to the close of the war he served on an examining board as its president. On Feb. 8, 1864, he was promoted lieutenant-colonel of the 4th infantry, and in March, 1865, he won the brevets of colonel and brigadier- general, U. S. A., for gallant conduct. Gen. Slemmer left the volunteer service in August of the same year and spent the balance of his life in command at Fort Laramie, Dak., where he died of heart disease, Oct. 7, 1868.

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

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