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Civil War Soldiers - Vinton
|Vinton, Francis L., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born at Fort Preble, Me., June 1, 1835, son of Maj.
John B. Vinton, after whose death he was cared for by his uncle
Francis. He was graduated at West Point in 1856, but presently
resigned to enter the school of mines at Paris. Completing the course
there in 1860, he made some mineralogical researches in Central
America and was reappointed in the army as captain in the 16th
infantry in Aug., 1861. Being offered a colonelcy of volunteers by
three governors, he accepted that of the 43d N. Y., served in the Army
of the Potomac under Hancock, was engaged at Williamsburg, Gaines'
mill and elsewhere, and was made brigadier- general of volunteers
Sept. 19, 1862. A severe wound, received while leading a charge at
Fredericksburg, incapacitated him for further service and he resigned
on May 6, 1863. In Sept., 1864, he took the chair of mining
engineering in the newly organized school of mines in Columbia college
and held it until 1877, having charge also of civil engineering from
1870. He wrote much for the "Engineering and Mining Journal," and
other technical papers; published a poem, "The Guardian, a Diversion"
(1869); "Lectures on Machines" (1869); and "Theory of the Strength of
Materials" (1874). His last years were spent at Denver as consulting
engineer of mines. Gen. Vinton died at Leadville, Col., Oct. 6, 1879.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908