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FORSYTH, James W., soldier, born in Ohio about 1835. ile was graduated at the U. S. military academy in 1856, and assigned to the infantry. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on 15 March 1861, was for two months assistant instructor to a brigade of Ohio volunteers, and on 24 October was made captain. He was on General McClellan's staff during the peninsular and Maryland campaigns, was brevetted major on 20 September 1863, for gallantry at Chickamauga, and in 1864'5 was assistant adjutant general of volunteers and chief-of-staff to General Sheridan. He took part in the Richmond and Shenandoah campaigns, and was lantrv at Opequan, Fisher's Hill and Middletown, brevetted brigadier general of volunteers for gall9 October 1864 ; colonel in the regular army, 1 April 1865, for services at Five Forks, and brigadier general on 9 April for services during the war. He was given the full commission of brigadier general of volunteers on 19 May and in 1866'7 was assistant inspector general of the Department of the Gulf. he was aide to General Sheridan in 1869'73, military secretary of the division of the Missouri in 1873'8, and was then assigned to frontier duty, taking part in the Bannock campaign of 1878. In 1886 he became colonel of the 7th cavalry. He has published "Report of an Expedition up the Yellowstone River in 1875" (Washington, 1875).
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