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SAWTELLE, Charles Greene, soldier, born in Norridgewock, Maine, 10 May, 1834. His father, Cullen Sawtelle, was a member of congress in 1845-'7 and 1849-'51. After graduation at the United States military academy in 1854, he served in quelling Kansas border disturbances, in the Utah expedition in 1858, and on garrison duty in California in 1859-'60. On 17 May, 1861, he became captain of the staff and assistant quartermaster. He superintended the forwarding of troops and supplies for the Army of the Potomac until 17 August, 1862, and the embarkation during the Maryland campaign. He was chief quartermaster of the 2d corps in the Rappahannock campaign, and engaged on General Stoneman's raid toward Richmond in May, 1863. From 21 June till 6 August, 1863, he was assistant chief quartermaster of the Army of the Potomac, and forwarded supplies from Washington and Alexandria, Virginia, for the Pennsylvania campaign, he was chief quartermaster of the cavalry bureau in Washington from 6 August, 1863, till 15 February, 1,864, and then was transferred to Brownsville, Texas, and was in charge of the transports and supplies for General Nathaniel P. Banks's army on its return from Red river, which he met at Atchafalaya. He constructed a bridge of 900 feet across the river, using 21 steamers as pontoons. Frown 19 Nay till 6 June, 1864, he was in charge of steam transportation in the Department of the Gulf, and was chief quartermaster in the military division of west Mississippi, from 6 June, 1864, in 2 July, 1865. He received the brevets of major, lieutenant-colonel, colonel, and brigadier-general. United States army, on 13 March, 1865. In 1881 he attained the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and has since served in the quartermaster's departments of the Columbia and of the South, and of the military divisions of the Atlantic and of the East, and ix now (1888) in the quartermaster's department in Washington, D. C.
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