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LAUMAN, Jacob Gartner, soldier, born in Taneytown, Maryland, 20 January, 1813; died in Burlington, Iowa, in February, 1867. His early days were spent in York county, Pennsylvania, and he was educated at the academy there. In 1844 he removed to Burlington, Iowa, where he engaged in commerce. He was commissioned colonel of the 7th Iowa regiment in July, 1861, served under General Grant in Missouri, and was severely wounded at Behnont, 7 November, 1861. At Fort Donelson, where he commanded a brigade, he was one of the first to storm and enter the enemy's works. For his services on this occasion he was made brigadier-general of volunteers on 21 March, 1862. General Lauman commanded a brigade in General Hurlbut's division at the battle of Shiloh, 6 and 7 April, 1862, and a division at the siege of Vicksburg. He was relieved by General William T. Sherman after the capture of Jackson, Mississippi, 16 July, 1863, and returned to Iowa.
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