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Items pertaining to James Sanks Brisbin. [Decimalized .01-.04 (20 items)]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01504 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Header Record Date: 1862-1868 Pagination: 1 autograph letter, 17 collateral letters, 1 pair of epaulets, 1 photograph

James Sanks Brisbin was active as a teacher, lawyer and anti-slavery orator in Pennsylvania before the Civil War. He enlisted in the military as a private in 1861, advanced quickly in rank, and was brevetted numerous times for his bravery and meritorious service. He served in the campaign of the Army of the Potomac (1862), the Red River expedition (1864), as a recruiter in Lexington, Kentucky (1864), and as Chief of Staff to General Stephen Gano Burbridge (1864). Brisbin is noted for his leadership of the 6th United States Colored Troops Cavalry (1864) and for his recruitment of many African American soldiers. He received an appointment in 1865 as Major General, United States Volunteers. At the War's close, Brisbin was mustered out of the volunteers, but continued to serve in the regular army until his death. Brisbin died in 1892 as Colonel in the 8th Cavalry.

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