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REILLI, James W., soldier, born about 1842. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1863, appointed 1st lieutenant of ordnance, and served as assistant ordnance officer at Watertown arsenal, Massachusetts, from 24 July, 1863, till 24 February, 1864, as inspector of ordnance at Pitts-burg, Pennsylvania, from March till July, 1864, and as assistant ordnance officer of the Department of the Tennessee from 11 July till 11 November, 1864, being engaged in the battles of Atlanta. 22 and 29 July, 1864. He was chief of ordnance of the Department of the Ohio from 11 November, 1864, till April, 1865, participating in the battles of Franklin, 30 November, 1864, and Nashville, 15-16 December, 1864, after which he was on sick leave of absence. He was made brigadier-general of volunteers on 30 July, 1864, resigning on 20 April, 1865. In May, 1866, he was assistant ordnance officer in the arsenal in Washington, D. C., and he was afterward assistant officer at Watervliet arsenal, New York
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