Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Benjamin Henry Grierson.

Benjamin Henry Grierson.

Birth: Jul. 8, 1826, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Death: Aug. 31, 1911, Omena, Leelanau County, Michigan.

Parents: Robert Crittenden Grierson (1789 - 1867), Mary Sheppard Grierson (1788 - 1862).

Wife: Alice Kirk Grierson (1828 - 1888).

Children: Edith Clare Grierson (1865 - 1878), Benjamin Henry Grierson (1867 - 1934), Theodore MacGregor Grierson (1869 - 1950).

Sibling: Mary Grierson (1824 - 1860), Benjamin Henry Grierson (1826 - 1911).

Burial: Jacksonville East Cemetery, Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois.


 [Born in Pennsylvania.-Appointed from Illinois.]

 MILITARY HISTORY.-Aide-de-Camp to General Prentiss, May to November, 1861. Engaged in an expedition in South-East Missouri, from Irontqn to Cape Girardeau. Major 6th Illinois Cavalry, August, 1861.  Commanding battalion, December, 1861, to March, 1862. Colonel 6th  Illinois Cavalry, March, 1862. Commanding regiment to December,  1862. Engaged at actions of Hernando, Cold Water Station, Olive  B3ranch. Cockram's Cross Roads, Germantown, Collierville, Covington,Wolf River, and Loosahatchie. Engaged in General Grant's Mississippi  campaign. Commanded expeditions from Oxford, Mississippi, to Helena,  Arkansas, and in pursuit of the rebel General Dorn. Commanding Cavalry Brigade, December, 1862, to June, 1863. Brigadier-General U. S. Volunteers, June, 1863, for gallant and distinguished services in raid from  La Grange, Tennessee, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Commanding Cavalry Forces, Department of the Gulf, May to July, 1863. Engaged at action of  Clinton and siege and investment of Port Hudson. Commanding Cavalry  Division, 16th Army Corps, to July, 1864. Engaged in expeditions into  Northern Mississippi, actions of West Point, Okolona, Ivy Farm, Pontotoc, Old Town Creek, Tupelo, and Guntown. Commanding Cavalry Corps,  District of West Tennessee, to January, 1865. Brevet Major-General  U. S. Volunteers, for gallant and meritorious services in raid through  Mississippi, from Memphis, Tennessee, against the Mobile, and Ohio, and Mississippi Central Railroads, and capture of Verona and Egypt Stations,  Mississippi.

Assigned to duty according to Brevet rank of Major-General U. S. Volunteers. Commanding Cavalry Corps, Military Division of West Mississippi, March to August, 1865, and during General Canby's campaign against Mobile, Alabama. Major-General U. S. Volunteers, May, 1865, for gallant and meritorious services during the war, and raid from Mobile Bay to Eufala, Alabama; Georgetown, Georgia; Montgomery, Alabama, and Columbus, Mississippi. Commanding District of Huntsville, Alabama, September, 1865, to January, 1866. Mustered out of the Volunteer service, April, 1866.

Colonel 10th U. S. Cavalry, July, 1866. Organizing regiment at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, September, 1866, to  August, 1867. Commanding regiment and Post of Fort Riley, Kansas,  September, 1867, to April, 1868. District of the Indian Territory, May, 1868, to May, 1869. Brevet Brigadier-General U. S. Army, for gallant and meritorious services in raid through Mississippi and Louisiana, 1863. Brevet Major-General U. S. Army, for gallant and meritorious services in raid through Mississippi in 1864. Commanding Camp Wichita and Fort Sill, Indian Territory, from March, 1869, to -.

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