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LEDLIE, James Hewett, soldier, born in Utica, New York, 14 April, 1832; died in New Brighton, Staten island, New York, 15 August, 1882. He studied at Union college, became a civil engineer, and at the beginning of the civil war was commissioned major of the 19th New York infantry, which in the autumn of 1861 became an artillery regiment. He was made chief of artillery on the staff of General John O. Foster late in 1862, and on 24 December promoted to brigadier-general of volunteers. He served in North and South Carolina, and subsequently in the Army of the Potomac, where his brigade made the assault on the crater after the mine explosion at Petersburg. On 23 January, 1865, he resigned, declining a commission in the regular army, and returned to his profession. He took the entire contract for the construction of bridges, trestles, and snow sheds on the Union Pacific railroad, built the breakwaters of Chicago harbor, and was engaged in railroad construction in the west and south. At the time of his death General Ledlie was chief engineer of railways in California and Nevada, and president of the Baltimore, Cincinnati, and West-era railroad construction company.
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