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Civil War Soldiers - Spears

Spears, James G., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in the state of Tennessee and at the breaking out of the Civil war he allied himself with the friends of the Federal government in that commonwealth. He offered his services to the cause of the Union and on Sept. 1, 1861, was commissioned lieutenant-colonel of the 1st Tenn. infantry, then being organized at Camp Dick Robinson, Ky. He was first under fire in the engagement at Wild Cat and was afterward present at the battle of Mill Springs. With his regiment he also assisted in the capture of Cumberland gap, where he remained until the evacuation of that post by Gen. Morgan. He then retreated with the remainder of the command to Ohio and thence went on an expedition up the Kanawha valley. On March 5, 1862, he was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers and served in that capacity until Aug. 30, 1864, when he was dismissed from the service. He died on July 22, 1869.

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

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