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CAMERON, Robert Alexander, soldier, born in Brooklyn, New York, 22 February, 1828. He was graduated at Indiana medical College in 1850, and practiced his profession at Valparaiso, Indiana, till 1861. He was a member of the Indiana legislature in 1860-'1. He entered the national service as a captain in the 9th Indiana volunteers in 1861, became lieutenant colonel of the 19th Indiana the same year, and colonel of the 34th in 1862. He was made brigadier-general of volunteers on 11 August, 1863, and commanded the 13th army corps after Gen Ransore was wounded in Banks's Red River expedition of 1864. After this he commanded the district of La Fourche, Louisiana, till the close of the war, receiving the brevet of major general on 13 March, 1865, and it is said that he and Crawford are the only physicians that have attained the rank of general officer since Dr. Warren fell at Bunker Hill. He was superintendent of the colony that founded the town of Greeley, Col., in 1870, and of the Colorado springs and Manitou colonies in 1871. In 1885 he was made warden of the state penitentiary at Cation City, Col. Cameron parish, Louisiana, Cameron's cone, El Paso County, Col., and Cameron's pass, Laramie County, Col., were named for him.
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