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BARRIGER, John Walker, soldier, born in Shelby County, Kentucky, 9 July 1832. He was graduated at West Point in 1856, and was commissioned second lieutenant of artillery. He participated in the Manassas campaign in 1861, receiving the brevet of captain for gallantry at Bull Run, and subsequently served as chief of commissariat for Indiana and for West Virginia, and from 17 November 1863. to 15 August 1865, as chief commissary of the Army of the Ohio, with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the staff of the volunteer army. On 13 March 1865, he was brevetted Brigadier-General for faithful and meritorious services. From 1867 to 1873 he served as chief of commissariat in the department of the Platte, and subsequently as assistant commissary-general in Washington, with the rank of major. He is the author of "Legislative History of the Subsistence Department of the United States Army from June 16, 1875, to August 15, 1876."
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