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KINGSBURY, Charles P., soldier, born in New York city in 1818; died in Brooklyn, New York, 25 December, 1879. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1840, and, entering the army as 2d lieutenant of ordnance, served as assistant and in command of various arsenals until he was sent with the army of occupation to Texas. Subsequently during the Mexican war he was General Wool's chief ordnance officer, and was on the staff of General Taylor at Buena Vista. In April, 1861, he was superintendent of the United States armory at Harper's Ferry, when it was burned to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Confederate troops. He was chief of ordnance, ranking as colonel, in the Army of the Potomac in 1861-'2, served through the Virginia peninsular campaign, and was engaged in the seven days' battles before Richmond. He was brevetted brigadier-general, United States army, 13 March, 1865, and in July of that year was placed in charge of the United States arsenal at Watertown. Mass. In December, 1870, he was retired on his application, with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He is the author of " Treatise on Artillery and Infantry" (New York, 1849), and also contributed to various periodicals.
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