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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