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DYE, William McEntyre, soldier, born in Washington, Pennsylvania, 26 January 1831. He was appointed to the U. S. military academy, where he was graduated in 1853, served in the 8th infantry on frontier and garrison duty, was promoted 1st lieutenant in 1856, and captain, 14 May 1861. After being employed on mustering and recruiting service he became colonel of the 20th Iowa regiment, 25 August 1862, served in Missouri and Arkansas in 1862'3, receiving the brevet of major for gallantry at Vicksburg, and led a brigade in the Red River campaign of 1864, for which he was brevetted lieutenant colonel on 28 May. He commanded a brigade at Mobile bay in September and, after taking part in several expeditions, was acting assistant provost marshal general of Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and Dakota in 1865. He was brevetted brigadier general of volunteers, 13 March 1865, for services during the war, and colonel in the regular army on 9 April for gallantry in the Mobile campaign. He was promoted major of the 4th infantry, 14 January 1866, served in various garrisons, and on 30 September 1870, was honorably discharged at his own request. He entered the Egyptian service late in 1873, and served as assistant to the chief of staff in the Abyssinian expedition, where he was wounded. He returned to this country in 1879, was chief of police of the District of Columbia in 1883'6, and is now (1887) chief of the special examination division of the pension office in Washington. He has published "Moslem Egypt and Christian Abyssinia; or, Military Service under the Khedive" (1880).
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