Edward Griffin Beckwith


BECKWITH, Edward Griffin, soldier, b. in Cazenovia, N.Y., 25 June 1818; d. in Clifton, N.Y., 22 June 1881.He was graduated at West Point in 1842, served in the war with Mexico at Tampico and Vera Cruz, and was employed in Pacific railroad reconnoisances in 1853-'4, the reords of which survey were published by congress. In the civil war he served as chief of commissariat of the 5th army corps, and of the army of Virginia, and in fitting out Gen. Banks's Louisiana expedition. He was provost-marshall-general of the department of the gulf in 1863, in command of the defences of New Orleans from 25 Aug., 1863 , till 12 Jan., 1864, also for a time chief commissary of the department, was made major on 8 Feb., 1864, and received the brevet rank of brigadier-general, U.S. army, on13 March, 1865, for faithful and meritorious services during the war. After the war he was employed in the subsistence department.
from Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography

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