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EASTON, Langdon Cheves, soldier, born in St. Louis, Missouri, 10 August 1814; died in New York City, 29 April 1884. He was graduated at the U. S. military academy in 1838, and was assigned to the 6th infantry. He was promoted to be 1st lieutenant, 23 July 1839, and held the commission till 15 April 1851, becoming assistant quartermaster, with the rank of captain. 3 March 1847, and quartermaster, with the rank of colonel, 2 August 1864. He served in the Florida and Mexican wars, and during the civil war. He was chief quartermaster of the Army of the Cumberland from 15 December 1863, till 4 May 1864, and of the armies commanded by Major General Sherman from 4 May 1864, till 27 June 1865, being present during the operations of the campaign from Chattanooga to Atlanta, and subsequently at the capture of Savannah. On the march from the latter City to Goldsborough, N. C., and thence to Washington, D. C., via Raleigh and Richmond, General Easton acted in the same capacity. After the close of the war he was stationed in Mississippi and Missouri. He was brevetted lieutenant colonel, colonel, and brigadier general, 17 September 1864, "for distinguished and important service in the quartermaster's department in the campaign terminating in the capture of Atlanta, Georgia," and major general, 13 March 1865, "for meritorious service during the war." He was promoted to be colonel and assistant quartermaster general, 6 June 1872, retiring from active service, 24 January 1881.
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