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Civil War Soldiers - Steele
|Steele, Frederick, major-general, U.S.
Army, was born at Delhi, Delaware county, N. Y., Jan. 14, 1819. He
graduated at West Point in 1843, was assigned to the 2nd infantry,
served through the war with Mexico and was twice brevetted for
gallantry at Contreras and Chapultepec. In 1849 he was sent to
California; from 1853 to 1860 his duty was in the Northwest. He was
commissioned captain in Feb., 1855, major in May, 1861, colonel of the
8th Ia. infantry in Sept., 1861, brigadier-general of volunteers in
Jan., 1862, and major-general of volunteers in Nov., 1862. During the
first year of the war he had command of a brigade in Missouri and took
part in the battles of Dug springs and Wilson's creek. In 1862 he was
at the head of a division in the Army of the Southwest and as stated
above was promoted major-general of volunteers on Nov. 29. He led the
15th army corps in the Yazoo expedition and the capture of Arkansas
post in Jan., 1863; was transferred to the 15th corps, engaged in the
Vicksburg campaign, bore a part at Chickasaw bayou and in the taking
of Fort Hindman, and in the summer was made lieutenant-colonel and
brevet colonel in the regular army. His division was sent to Helena,
Ark., in July and took possession of Little Rock on Sept. 10. After
some months in command of the Department of Arkansas he was sent to
the aid of Gen. Canby in the reduction of Mobile early in the winter
of 1864. In 1865 he was brevetted brigadier- and major-general, U. S.
A., sent to Texas and thence to the command of the Department of the
Columbia. He became colonel of the 20th infantry in July, 1866,
remained in the volunteer service until March, 1867, and died at San
Mateo, Cal., Jan. 12, 1868.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908