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Civil War Soldiers - Spinola
|Spinola, Francis B.,
brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Stony Brook, Long Island, N.
Y., March 19, 1821. He received an academical education, was admitted
to the bar in New York city in 1844, and served five years as
alderman, six years as assemblyman, and four years as state senator.
He was a delegate to the national Democratic convention in Charleston
in 1860. In the early part of the Civil war he recruited and organized
the "Empire" brigade of four regiments, which he accompanied to the
front, and on Oct. 2, 1862, he was commissioned brigadier-general of
volunteers. He served till the close of the war, and in leading a
charge at Wapping Heights, Va., he was twice wounded. Returning to New
York city, he engaged in the banking and insurance business and
resumed political life. In 1886 and 1888 he was elected to Congress
from the 10th N. Y. district as a Democrat, serving as a member of the
committees on military affairs and on war claims. Gen. Spinola died in
Washington, D. C., April 14, 1891.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908