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PREVOST, Charles Mallet, soldier, born in Baltimore, Maryland, 19 September, 1818; died in Philadelphia, 5 November, 1887. His father, General Andrew M. Prevost, who commanded the first regiment of Pennsylvania artillery in the war of 1812, was born in Geneva, Switzerland, of Huguenot ancestry, and his grandfather, Paul Henry Mallet Prevost, a Geneva banker, came to the United States in 1794 and purchased an estate at Alexandria (since called Frenchtown), Hunterdon County, New Jersey Charles M. Prevost studied law and was admitted to the bar, and shortly afterward was appointed United States marshal for the territory of Wisconsin, and he was subsequently deputy collector of the port of Philadelphia. "He was an active member of the militia, and at the beginning of the civil war had command of a company. Soon afterward he was appointed assistant adjutant-general on the staff of General Frank Patterson. He was engaged in the peninsular campaign, later was appointed colonel of the 118th (Corn exchange) regiment of Pennsylvania volunteers, and commanded it at Antietam. The severity of the attack compelled his regiment to fall back, and Colonel Prevost seized the colors and ran to the front to rally his men. While encouraging them, he was struck in the shoulder by a Minie ball, and also by a fragment of shell, and so severely wounded that he never recovered. The brevet of brigadier-general of volunteer was conferred on him on 13 March, 1865, for his bravery in this action. After his partial recovery he returned to the command of his regiment, and took part in the battle of Chancellorsville with his arm strapped to his body. After this engagement he was ordered to take charge of a camp at Harris-burg for the organization of the Veteran reserve corps, and. finding that his health would not permit him to engage in active service, he entered that corps, as colonel of the 16th regiment, and served in it through the war. On his return home he was appointed major-general of the 1st division of the Pennsylvania national guard.
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