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Civil War Soldiers - Vincent

Vincent, Strong, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Waterford, Pa., June 17, 1837. His early education was obtained in the academy at Erie, where he spent two years in his father's iron foundry. Recognizing the need of a wider education, he took a course in the scientific department of Trinity college at Hartford, Conn., and later entered Harvard, where he was graduated in 1859. He studied law with such assiduity that the following year he was admitted to the bar and opened practice in Erie. Upon the breaking out of the Civil war he volunteered for three months' service and was elected second lieutenant and later adjutant. Upon the expiration of this term of service he reenlistd for three years, was appointed major, and in Sept., 1861, was promoted to be lieutenant-colonel of the 83d Pa. infantry. He took part in the siege at Yorktown, but succumbed to an attack of swamp fever soon after the battle of Hanover Court House. Upon his recovery he was made colonel and temporarily commanded a brigade during the retreat at Fredericksburg. In 1863 he was given command of a brigade as ranking colonel and rendered efficient service to the cavalry under Gen. Pleasonton at Aldie. At the battle of Gettysburg July 3, when Gen. Warren sent word from the left to have Little Round Top occupied by a brigade, Gen. Vincent, in the absence of the division commander assumed the responsibility of sending his own brigade, and posted his men on the left hand crest and in the hollow between it and Round Top, at the point where the first attempt was made by the Confederates to turn the left flank of the Federal army. As Col. O'Rourke's regiment met the charge of the enemy it faltered for a moment and Gen. Vincent sprang out in front and cheered it on, when he was shot, dying four days later from the wound. He was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers for his gallantry on this occasion.

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

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