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FREEMAN, William Grigsby, soldier, born in Virginia in 1815: died in Cornwall, Pennsylvania, 12 November 1866. He was graduated at the U. S. military academy in 1834, and assigned to the 4th artillery. He served in the Florida war, and was made 1st lieutenant for gallantry on several occasions. ,In 1840 he became instructor of infantry and artillery tactics at West Point, and in the following year served on the northern frontier at Buffalo, during the Canada border disturbances. >From 1841 till 1849 he served as assistant in the adjutant general's office in Washington, D.C. He was afterward chief of staff to General Scott, commanding the army headquarters at New York. He was brevetted major in 1847, and lieutenant colonel in 1848, "for meritorious conduct, particularly in the performance of his duty in the prosecution of the war with Mexico." He made a tour of inspection of the Department of Texas in 1853, and served as assistant adjutant general from 1853 till 1856, when he resigned on account of failing health, which prevented his taking part in the civil war.
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