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VAN DERVEER, Ferdinand, soldier, born in Butler county, Ohio, 27 February, 1823. He was educated at Farmer's college, Ohio, enlisted as a private in an Ohio regiment during the Mexican war, rose to the rank of captain, and headed one of the assaulting columns at the capture of Monterey. He subsequently practised law, and became sheriff of Butler county, Ohio. At the beginning of the civil war he became colonel of the 35th Ohio volunteers, succeeded to the command of General Robert L. McCook's brigade, and led it till the autumn of 1864, when he was made brigadier-general of volunteers, and assigned to the 4th corps. General Van Derveer saw much active service, and, among many other engagements, participated in the battles of Mill Springs, Chickamauga, and Mission Ridge. Since 1870 he has been judge of the court of common pleas of Butler county, Ohio.
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