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LOWE, William Warren, soldier, born in Indiana, 12 October, 1831. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1853, commissioned as a lieutenant of dragoons on 22 October, 1854, and was engaged in scouting and on frontier duty till the beginning of the civil war. He was made a captain of cavalry on 9 May, 1861, served through the Manassas campaign, and during the following winter organized the 5th regiment of Iowa volunteer cavalry, of which he was made colonel on 1 January, 1862. In February he participated in the Tennessee campaign, and was engaged in the capture of Fort Donelson, of which he was commandant till March, 1863, repelling various attacks. He subsequently commanded a brigade or a division in cavalry operations in middle Tennessee, northern Alabama, and Georgia, receiving the brevet of major for gallantry in an engagement near Chickamauga, Georgia, and that of lieutenant-colonel for a cavalry action near Huntsville, Alabama In the advance from Chattanooga he commanded the 3d cavalry division until relieved by General Judson Kilpatrick, and again after that officer was wounded. From July, 1864, till January, 1865, he was employed in remounting cavalry at Nashville, being mustered out of the volunteer service on 24 January, 1865. He subsequently served as chief mustering and disbursing officer for Kansas, Nebraska, Dakota, and Colorado. He was brevetted colonel and brigadier-general for services in the war, and promoted major on 31 July, 1866. He left the army on 23 June, 1869, organized smelting and refining works in Omaha, Nebraska, engaged in mining in Utah, constructed a railroad, built on the Salmon river the first smelting-works in Idaho, and more recently prospected for petroleum in Wyoming territory, and discovered a well of lubricating-oil on the Little Popoagie river.
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