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Edwin V. Sumner

Date of Birth:      January 30, 1797
Hometown:         Boston, MA
Education:           N/A
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     March 21, 1863
Place of Death:    Syracuse, NY
Buried At:           Syracuse, NY

Major Battles:        Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, Antietam Campaign, Fredericksburg

Interesting Fact(s):    Sumner after being commissioned directly into the army, in 1819, would become the oldest active corps commander in the Civil War.  Sumner, who would earn the nickname, "Bull Head," after a musket ball purportedly bounced off his head, would be known as a brave fighter.  Sumner would be one of the first brigadier generals appointed, after the beginning of hostilities, would move on to command the II Corps when the new corps structure was introduced.  He would command the "Left Grand Division," at Fredericksburg.  Upon the ascension, of Joseph Hooker, to command of the Army of the Potomac, Sumner asked to be relieved.  He was reassigned to the Department of Missouri, but died while in route.

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