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L00MIS, Gustavus, soldier, born in Thetford, Vermont, 23 September, 1789; died in Stratford, Connecticut, 6 March, 1872. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1811, and assigned to the artillery. For two years he served on garrison duty in New York harbor, and then he was sent to the northern frontier, where he was at the capture of Fort George in May, 1813, and was taken prisoner at the surprise of Fort Niagara in December of that year. Meanwhile he had been made assistant deputy quartermaster-general, with the rank of captain, and he subsequently served in various garrisons. On the reorganization of the army in 1821 he was made captain in the 1st infantry, and in 1838 received his commission as major, after serving in the campaigns against the Indians in Florida and Texas. In 1840 he was promoted lieutenant-colonel of the 6th infantry, and, after garrison duty on the frontier, served in that rank during the Mexican war and until 1851, when he was made colonel of the 5th infantry, and given various commands in the Indian territory. Colonel Loomis participated in the Florida campaigns of 1856-'8 against the Seminole Indians, and had charge of that department in 1857-'8. During the civil war he was engaged at first on mustering duty, but later was put at the head of the general recruiting service at Fort Columbus, New York He was retired from active service on 1 June, 1863, but continued to be occupied on court-martial duty. In 1865 he received the brevet of brigadier-general for long and faithful service in the army.
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