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KIERNAN, James Lawlor, physician, born in New York city in 1837; died there, 26 November, 1869. He was graduated at the medical department of the University of New York in 1857, became a teacher in the public schools of New York, and was editor of the "Medical Press" in that city from 1859 till 1861, when he volunteered as assistant surgeon in the 69th New York regiment. He subsequently became surgeon of the 6th Missouri cavalry, serving with Fremont in Missouri and at the battle of Pea Ridge; but he resigned in 1863, owing to severe wounds that he received near Port Gibson, where he was captured, but escaped. He was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers, 1 August, 1863, but his resignation was accepted to take effect 3 February, 1864, and his name was not sent to the senate for confirmation. He served as surgeon of the United States pension bureau, and after the war became United States consul to Chin Kiang, China.
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