Birth: Nov. 15, 1816.
Death: Aug. 9, 1862.
Burial: Arlington National Cemetery.
Photo provided by John "J-Cat" Griffith
Civil War Union Brigadier General. Born in Barre, Massachusetts, he graduated from West Point in 1841, was commissioned an officer in the 1st US Infantry assigned to garrison and frontier duty. At the start of the Civil War, he commanded a battalion at Wilson's Creek and was appointed Colonel of the 11th Missouri Volunteer Infantry in September 1861. In March 1862, he was promoted Brigadier General and commanded the 5th Division, Army of the Mississippi at New Madrid. In August 1862, while commanding a brigade during the Siege of Corinth, Mississippi, he was killed in action.
His death: He was wounded at the Battle of Wilson's Creek while commanding a battalion of Regulars. He commanded the 5th Division of Pope's army at New Madrid and the Island Number Ten campaign. He subsequently commanded a brigade of Stanley's division at Corinth and died in camp at Corinth on August 9, 1862 (exactly one year after Wilson's Creek) from lingering effects of his wounds and prolonged exposure in the field.
FEBRUARY 7, 1863.
Granting a pension to Frances H. Plummer, widow of the late Brigadier General Joseph B. Plummer, of the United States army.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representaives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior be directed to place the name of Frances H. Plummer, widow of the late Brigadier General Joseph B. Plummer, of the United States army, on the pension roll, at the rate of fifty dollars a month, from the ninth day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, for and during her widowhood. Passed the House of Representatives February 6, 1863.
Attest: E. M. ETHERIDGE, Clerk.