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ALLEN, Robert, soldier, born in Ohio about 1815; died in Geneva, Switzerland, 6 August 1886. He was graduated at West Point in 1836, and was 2d lieutenant in the Seminole war. In the Mexican war he served on the march to Monterey as assistant quartermaster, and was present at the siege of Vera Cruz. For gallant conduct at the battle of Cerro Gordo he received the brevet rank of major. He was present at the battles of Contreras and Churubusco, and at the taking of Mexico. After the Mexican war he was chief quartermaster of the Pacific division, and, after the breaking out of the civil war, of the department of Missouri, with headquarters at St. Louis, where he had charge of supplies and transportation for the various armies in the Mississippi valley. He was promoted major in 1861, colonel in 1862, Brigadier-General of volunteers in 1863, and was brevetted Brigadier-General in the regular army in 1864. From November 1863, to 1866 he was chief quartermaster of the Mississippi valley, with headquarters at Louisville, and furnished transportation and supplies to General Sherman's command for the march across the country to join General Grant at Chattanooga, and he fitted out the Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina expeditions. He received the brevet rank of Major-General in 1865. After the war he served again as chief quartermaster of the Pacific, and was retired 21 March 1878.
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