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Civil War Soldiers - Slough
|Slough, John P., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was a native of Cincinnati, and in the year 1850 was
elected to the legislature of Ohio, from which body he was expelled
for striking one of the members. He was requested to apologize to the
house, and upon his refusal to do so that body expelled him. In 1852
he became the secretary of the Central Democratic committee of Ohio,
which office he filled satisfactorily. Soon after this he went to
Kansas, and in 1860 to Denver, Col. The next year upon the breaking
out of the war he raised a company of volunteers and assumed command
of Fort Garland. He finally rose to the rank of colonel of volunteers,
and was sent into New Mexico and took command of Fort Union. Here he
fought his first battle, causing the retreat of the Texan troops. The
battle was fought in direct opposition to the orders of his superior
officer, Gen. Canby, but terminated successfully, and his praise was
in the mouths of the people far and near. Immediately after this he
threw up his commission as colonel and repaired to Washington, where
he was appointed and confirmed as brigadier-general of volunteers and
assigned to duty at Alexandria. He continued as military governor at
that point up to the close of the war, and throughout his career there
his record is one of the most favorable. At the close of the war he
was appointed chief justice of the territory of New Mexico, but his
imperious temper rendered him very unpopular, and a series of
resolutions were passed in the legislature advocating his removal from
the position. These resolutions so incensed him against the senator
who introduced them that a personal encounter resulted, in which Gen.
Slough was killed, at Santa Fe, N. M., on Dec. 16, 1867.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908