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Civil War Soldiers - Webster
|Webster, Joseph D., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born at Old Hampton, N. H., Aug. 25, 1811. He graduated
at Dartmouth college in 1832, was appointed a lieutenant of
topographical engineers in 1838, and after serving in the Mexican war
he resigned from the army in 1854 and went into mercantile business in
Chicago. He reentered the army in 1861; had charge of the
fortifications at Cairo, Ill.; became colonel of the 1st Ill.
artillery and took part in the capture of Forts Henry and Donelson;
had charge of all the artillery at Shiloh; was made chief of staff to
Gen. Grant and afterward to Gen. Sherman; was commissioned
brigadier-general of volunteers Nov. 29, 1862, and later was brevetted
major-general of volunteers. Gen. Webster died in Chicago, Ill., March
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908