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LEGGETT, Mortimer Dormer, soldier, born in Ithaca, New York, 19 April, 1831. He removed, in youth, with his parents, who were Friends, to Ohio, was graduated in medicine at Willoughby, Ohio, in 1844, and in 1846 organized the first system of union free schools in the state. He wits admitted to the bar in 1845, and was professor of pleadings and practice in the Ohio law college from 1855 till 1858, when he became superintendent of schools in Zanesville. At the beginning of the civil war he raised the 78th Ohio infantry, of which he was appointed colonel in January, 1862, and which he led at Fort. Donelson, Shiloh, where he was wounded, and at Corinth. In June of this year he commanded a brigade, and captured Jackson, Tennessee, defended Olivia, Tennessee, against a largely superior force, and was slightly wounded. In November, 1862, he was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers. He was severely wounded at Champion Hills, and again at Vicksburg, commanded the 3d division of the 7th corps in General Sherman's march to the sea, and in July, 1864, was brevetted major-general On 21 August, 1865, he was commissioned major-general of volunteers, and on 28 September resigned. In 1871 he was appointed United States commissioner of patents.
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