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John B. Magruder

Date of Birth:      May 1, 1807
Hometown:         Port Royal, VA
Education:           West Point, 1830
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     February 18, 1871
Place of Death:    Houston, TX
Buried At:           Galveston, TX

Major Battles:        Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, Galveston

Interesting Fact(s):    Magruder, nicknamed, "Prince John," would receive his education, at West Point, graduating in the class of 1830.  He would receive three brevet promotions, for gallantry, as an artillery officer, during the Mexican War.  He would resign from the old army, after the firing on Fort Sumter, and would enter Confederate service, as a brevet lieutenant colonel.  Promoted brigadier general, in June 1861, and major general in October, 1861, he would distinguish himself during the Peninsula Campaign, totally deceiving George B. McClellan, into thinking his forces, at Yorktown, were much larger than they actually were.  Falling out of favor, with Robert E. Lee, during the Seven Days, he was accused of not aggressively taking advantage of battlefield opportunities.  He would be sent west to take command of the District of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.  He would be successful in recapturing Galveston.  After the war, Magruder would go to Mexico, offering his services to the Imperial Forces there.  He would make his post-bellum home in Texas, where he would die in 1871.

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