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KIMBALL, Edgar Allison, soldier, born in Pembroke, New Hampshire, in 1821; died in Suffolk, Virginia, 12 April, 1863. He was trained as a printer, and became the proprietor and editor of the "Age," a liberal Democratic newspaper published at Woodstock, Vermont he was appointed a captain of infantry in the United States army on 9 April, 1847, and served till his regiment was disbanded on 26 August, 1848, earning the brevet of major at Contreras and Churubusco. He was the first man to scale the walls of Chapultepee, and received the surrender of the castle from General Bravo. After his return he was for some time employed in the office of a New York journal. In the beginning of the civil war he joined a New York regiment of zouaves, and was commissioned major of volunteers on 13 May, 1861. At the battle of Roanoke Island, North Carolina, on 7 February, 1862, he carried the enemy's works, and on 14 February he was promoted lieutenant-colonel, and soon afterward succeeded to the command of the regiment. He participated in the reduction of Fort Macon, and in the battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg. While the regiment was encamped at Suffolk he was killed by Colonel Michael Corcoran, who, according to one account, was kept back while passing through the lines on urgent business, and shot the officer who detained him. Another version is, that Corcoran either mistook, or pretended to mistake, the rival leader for an assassin.
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