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McCALL, George Archibald, soldier, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 16 March, 1802; died in West Chester, Pennsylvania, 26 February, 1868. He was the son of Archibald McCall, merchant of Philadelphia. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1822, and, after serving as aide to General Edmund P. Gaines in 1831-'6, was commissioned captain in 1836 and major in 1847, and served in the Florida and Mexican wars, receiving the brevets of major and lieutenant-colonel " for gallant and distinguished services in the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Pahna." On his return from the Mexican war he was given a sword by the citizens of Philadelphia. In 1850 he was appointed inspector-general of the army, with the rank of colonel, which place he resigned, 22 August, 1853, and settled in Chester county, Pennsylvania At the beginning of the civil war he tendered his services to Governor Andrew D. Curtin, who made him major-general of militia, with the task of organizing the Pennsylvania reserves. He was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers on 17 May, 1861. He commanded the reserves, which formed a division of three brigades, until June, 1862, planning the successful movement against Dranesville, 20 December, 1861, and commanding all the National troops at the battle of Mechanicsville, 26 June, 1862, where he repelled a greatly superior force. He was at Gaines's Hill and Charles City Cross-roads, but was taken prisoner at New Market Crossroads, on 30 June, and confined in Libby prison for several weeks, after which he was on sick-leave, and resigned from the army, 31 March, 1863. In August, 1862, he received a sword from the citizens of Chester county, Pennsylvania, and in the autumn of that year he was Democratic candidate for congress from Pennsylvania. He was the author of " Letters from the Frontier," a posthumous work (Philadelphia, 1868).--His cousin, Peter, lawyer, born in Trenton, New Jersey, 31 August, 1809; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 30 October, 1880, was graduated at Princeton in 1826, studied law with Joseph R. Ingersoll in 1830, was admitted to the bar in Philadelphia, and until within a few months of his death continued in the practice of his profession, in which he became eminent in all its departments. He served in the councils of the city, and in 1844-'5 was its mayor. He was for thirty years one of the vice-provosts of the Law academy of Philadelphia, and for many years professor of pleading and practice in the law department of the University of Pennsylvania, of which institution he was a trustee from 1861 till his death. Among his published addresses are "Progress and Influence of the Society of Friends in Philadelphia," delivered before the Historical society of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 1832); " Rise and Progress of Civil Society " (1836); and "History of Pennsylvania Law and Equity" (1838).--Another cousin, John Cadwalader, poet, born in Philadelphia, 24 December, 1793: died there, 3 October, 1846, studied law, and was admitted to the bar of his native city in 1815. He published "The Troubadour, and other Poems" (Philadelphia, 1822), and" Fleurette, and other Rhymes" (1828).
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