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KING, John H., soldier, born in Michigan about 1818. He was appointed 2d lieutenant, 1st infantry, in the regular army, 2 December, 1837; 1st lieutenant, 2 March, 1839; captain, 31 October, 1846; and major, 15th infantry, 14 May, 1861. He was stationed in Florida and on the western frontier up to 1846, and was at Vera Cruz in 1847. During the civil war he was in command of battalions of the 15th, 16th, and 19th regiments, United States A., in 1862, and was engaged with the 15th and 16th at the battle of Shiloh, the advance on Corinth, the march to the Ohio river, and the battle of Murfreesboro. From April, 1863, he commanded a brigade of regular troops until the end of the war. He was also in the battles of Chickamauga, Resaca, New Hope Church, Kenesaw Mountain, and Peach Tree and Utoy Creeks, and commanded a division for thirty days during the Atlanta campaign. He was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, 29 November, 1862, and brevet major-general, 31 May, 1865. He was also brevetted colonel, United States A., for gallantry at Chickamauga, Georgia, brigadier-general for meritorious services at Ruff's Station, Georgia, and major-general for gallantry in the field during the war. He was commissioned colonel of the 9th infantry, 30 July. 1865, and on 6 February, 1882, he was retired from active service.
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