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MARCY, Randolph Barnes, soldier, born in Greenwich, Massachusetts, 9 April, 1812; died in Orange, New Jersey, 22 November, 1887. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1832, and served in the Black Hawk expedition of that year, also on frontier duty with the 5th infantry. During the war with Mexico he participated in the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, and was made captain in May, 1846, after which he served on recruiting service. Subsequently he was engaged in the exploration of the Red river country in 1852-'4, in the Florida hostilities against the Seminole Indians in 1857, and in the Utah expedition of 185'7-'8, having command of a detachment that was sent to New Mexico in November, 1857, and returning in March, 1858, after great suffering. In 1859 he was promoted major on the staff and served as paymaster of the northwestern posts in 1859-'61, becoming inspector-general with the rank of colonel on 9 August, 1861. During the civil war he served as chief of staff to his son-in-law, General George B. McClellan, and acted in that capacity in McClellan's campaigns of western Virginia, in the peninsular campaign, and in the Maryland campaign until November, 1862. He had been made brigadier-general of volunteers on 23 September, 1861. He was then assigned to inspection duties in the departments of the Northwest, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, and the Gulf until 1865, when he became inspector-general of the military division of the Missouri. In 1869 he was transferred to Washington, and became inspector-general of the United States army with the rank of brigadier-general, to date from 12 December, 1878, continuing in that office till his retirement on 2 January, 1881. He received the brevets of brigadier-general and of major-general on 13 March, 1865, for services during the civil war. He had the reputation of being a famous sportsman, spending much time in hunting in the Rocky mountains General Marcy has contributed to magazines, and published "Exploration of the Red River in 1852" (Washington, 1853); "The Prairie Traveller, a Handbook for Overland Emigrants" (New York, 1859)" "Thirty Years of Army Life on the Border" (1866). and "Border Reminiscences" (1871). --His brother, Erastus Edgerton, physician, born in Greenwich, Massachusetts, 9 December, 1815, was graduated at Amherst in 1834, and at Jefferson medical college in 1837. During the ten ensuing years he practised in Hartford, but in 1847, after becoming a convert to homoeopathic views, he came to New York, where he has acquired an extensive and lucrative practice, ranking among the first of his school in the United States. In 1852 he established the "North American Journal of Homoeopathy," which he edited until 1865. Dr. Marcy has written numerous essays on medical and chemical subjects, besides which he has published in book-form "Theory and Practice of Medicine" (New York, 1850) ; "Homoeopathy vs. Allopathy" (2); "Theory and Practice of Homoeopathy" (1867) ; and " Life Duties " (1869); and he has also edited "Hahnemann's Lesser Writings" (1856).
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