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CAMPBELL CAMPBELL, Cleveland J., soldier, born in New York City in July, 1836: died in Castleton, New York, 13 June, 1865. He was graduated successively at the free academy, Union College, and the University of Gottingen. Early in the war he enlisted in the 44th New York volunteers, was soon promoted to be a lieutenant on General Palmer's staff, was next adjutant of the 152d New York volunteers, then captain in Upton's 121st New York volunteers, and, after passing" a most brilliant examination, was commissioned lieutenant colonel, and finally colonel, of the 23d regiment of colored troops. He led his regiment into the hottest of the fight at Petersburg, when the mine exploded, and left in and around the crater nearly 400 of his men, killed or wounded. Col. Campbell himself received injuries from a bursting shell that ultimately caused his death. He was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers on 13 March, 1865.
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