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Civil War Soldiers - Stevens

Stevens, Isaac I., major-general, U.S. Army, was born in Andover, Mass., in 1817. He graduated at West Point in 1839, ranking first in his class, and was commissioned second lieutenant of engineers. In 1840 he became first lieutenant and was employed upon the fortifications of the New England coast until the Mexican war, at that time being adjutant of engineers. He was attached to Gen. Scott's staff and for gallant and meritorious conduct at the battles of Contreras and Churubusco was brevetted captain, and major for his heroic conduct at the storming of Chapultepec and the city of Mexico, where he received a severe wound from which he never fully recovered. Upon his return to the United States he was selected by Prof. Bache to perform the duties of chief of the coast survey at Washington. In 1853 he resigned his commission and accepted the appointment of governor of Washington territory, where he became known as an able executive officer, displaying the most unremitting devotion to the interests of the territory. During the administration of President Buchanan he represented Washington territory as delegate in Congress for two terms. He was the chairman of the Breckinridge executive committee in the presidential campaign of 1860; but when the Southern leaders declared for secession he openly denounced them and stood by the Federal government, strongly urging President Buchanan to remove Secs. Floyd and Thompson from the cabinet and trust to the counsels of Gen. Scott. At the close of the session of Congress Gov. Stevens proceeded to Washington territory, but upon hearing of the attack upon Fort Sumter returned to Washington and offered his services to the government. He was appointed colonel of the 79th N. Y. Highlanders. He was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers on Sept. 28, 1861, and accompanied Gen. Sherman to South Carolina, where he bore a prominent part in all the battles near Port Royal. He was then transferred to North Carolina, whence he came to Virginia in the corps of Gen. Reno and was promoted to the rank of major-general of volunteers, his commission bearing date of July 4, 1862. He was in all the skirmishes along the Rappahannock under Gen. Pope and fought most gallantly in the battle of Chantilly, where he was killed Sept. 1, 1862.

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

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