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GAMBLE, William, soldier, born in Duross, County Tyrone, Ireland, 1 January, 1818; died in Nicaragua, Central America, 20 December, 1866. He studied civil engineering, and was employed on the government survey of the north of Ireland. but came to the United States when he was twenty years old, and enlisted in the 1st United States dragoons." He served in the Florida war and on the western frontier, and rose to be sergeant-major, but on the expiration of his term of enlistment went to Chicago, Illinois, where he followed his profession. At the beginning of the civil war he enlisted in the 8th Illinois cavalry, was chosen its lieutenant-colonel, afterward was promoted colonel, and fought with the Army of the Potomac, receiving a wound at Malvern Hill that was nearly fatal. He was for two years at the head of a brigade in defence of Washington, with headquarters at Fairfax Court House, Virginia, and on 25 September, 1865, was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers. After service in the west he was mustered out of the volunteer service on 13 March, 1866, and on 28 July accepted a major's commission in the 8th regular cavalry. He was on his way with his regiment to California when he died of cholera.
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