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BECKWITH, Edward Griffin, soldier, born in Cazenovia, New York, 25 June 1818; died in Clifton, New York, 22 June 1881. He was graduated at West Point in 1842, served in the war with Mexico at Tampico and Vera Cruz, and was employed in Pacific railroad reconnoissances in 1853-'4, the records of which survey were published by congress. In the civil war he served as chief of commissariat of the 5th army corps, and of the army of Virginia, and in fitting out General Banks's Louisiana expedition. He was provost-marshal-general of the department of the gulf in 1863, in command of the defenses of New Orleans from 25 August 1863, till 12 January 1864, also for a time chief commissary of the department, was made major on 8 February 1864, and received the brevet rank of Brigadier-General, United States army, on 13 March 1865, for faithful and meritorious services during the war. After the war he was employed in the subsistence department.
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