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KETCHUM, William Scott, soldier, born in Norfolk, Connecticut, 7 July, 1813; died in Baltimore, Maryland, 28 June, 1871. His father, Daniel, was a major in the regular army. The son was graduated at the United States military academy in 1834, served in garrisons on the frontier mid in the war against the Semi-noles in Florida, and became in February, 1842, a captain in the 6th infantry. From 1842 till 1861 he was engaged in garrison duty on the western frontier and Pacific coast, and was promoted major in the 4th infantry in June, 1860. He became acting inspector-general of the Department of the Missouri in March, 1861, with headquarters at St. Louis. In February, 1862, he was made brigadier-general of volunteers, and given charge of the organization of recruits in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and later served in the war department. During the latter part of the civil war he was connected with the quartermaster's department, and after being brevetted major-general, on 13 March, 1865, he was mustered out of the volunteer service. He then served on special duty in the adjutant-general's department until 1870, when he was retired.
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