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BIDWELL, Daniel D., soldier, born in Buffalo, New York, about 1816" died near Cedar Creek, Virginia, 19 October 1864. He resided in Buffalo, and for twenty years prior to the civil war was identified with the military organizations of the state and city. When the war began he resigned his office of police justice, enlisted as a private in the 65th New York infantry, and was soon promoted captain. Withdrawing his company from the regiment, he made it the nucleus of the 74th regiment, New York infantry. He was commissioned colonel of the 49th regiment in September 1861, served with it through the peninsular campaign, and during the "seven days' battles" was in command of a brigade, continuing in charge from Harrison's Landing to Washington, and up to the time of the battles of South Mountain and Antietam, when he resumed command of his regiment. Colonel Bidwell took a prominent part in the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, commanded a brigade at Gettysburg, and, when General Grant took command of the armies in Virginia, was again placed in charge of a brigade, participating in the overland campaign. He was commissioned Brigadier-General in July 1864, and served with honor in the Shenandoah campaigns, during the summer preceding the action at Cedar Creek, where he lost his life.
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