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STEVENSON, John D., soldier, born in Staunton, Virginia, 8 June, 1821. He spent two years in the College of South Carolina, was graduated in law at Staunton in 1841, and in 1842 began practice in Franklin county, Missouri He organized a volunteer company in 1846, and served in General Stephen W. Kearny's invasion of New Mexico. After his re= turn he removed to St. Louis, was frequently a member of the legislature, president for one term of the state senate, and in 1861 was an earnest supporter of the Union. In that year he raised the 7th Missouri regiment, and during the siege of Corinth commanded the district of Savannah. He then led a brigade in Tennessee, was made brigadier-general of volunteers, 29 November, 1862, served in the Vicksburg campaign, and made a charge at Champion Hill that broke the enemy's left flank. He led a successful expedition to drive the Confederates from northern Louisiana, commanded the district of Corinth, and then occupied and fortified Decatur, Alabama On 8 August, 1864, being left without a command, he resigned; but he was re-commissioned and given the district of Harper's Ferry. During the reconstruction period he was in charge of northern Georgia. At the close of the war he was made brevet major-general of volunteers, and in 1867, for his services at Champion Hill, brevetted brigadier-general in the regular army, in which he had been commissioned a colonel on 28 July, 1866. He left the army in 1871, and has since practised law in St. Louis.
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