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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 12, 1876.

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

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