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William W. Loring

Date of Birth:      December 4, 1818
Hometown:         Wilmington, NC
Education:           N/A
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     December 30, 1886
Place of Death:    New York, NY
Buried At:           St. Augustine, FL

Major Battles:        Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign, Vicksburg Campaign, Atlanta Campaign, Battle of Franklin, Battle of Nashville, Carolinas Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    Loring, with little education, would begin his military career, as a youth, against the Seminoles, in Florida.  Later, he would study law and be elected to the Florida legislature.  He would be commissioned into Mounted Riflemen, and would serve with distinction, in the Mexican War, earning two brevet promotions.  He would be wounded, and lose his arm, at Chapultepec.  After resigning his U.S. Army commission, he would be appointed brigadier general in the Confederate Army.  He would serve, sometimes contentiously, under Thomas Jackson, during Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign.  Jackson would relieve him from duty, and he would be sent west.  Promoted major general, in February 1862, he would be separated from John Pemberton's army, and would not reach Vicksburg.  He would join forces, with Joseph Johnston, and would remain a division commander, in Leonidas Polk's Corps, through John B. Hood's Tennessee Campaign.  He would take part of Johnston's Carolinas Campaign.  After the war, he would serve abroad, in Egypt, in the service of the Khedive.

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