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Henry W. Halleck

Date of Birth:      January 16, 1815
Hometown:         Westernville, NY
Education:           West Point, 1839
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  Major General

Date of Death:    January 9, 1872
Place of Death:   Louisville, KY
Buried At:           Brooklyn, NY

Major Battles:        Siege of Corinth

Interesting Fact(s):    Halleck, not so affectionately nicknamed, "Old Brains": and "Old Wooden Head," was not well regarded as a fighter, but as an administrator.  In his only field command, during the Civil War, he led the Army of the Mississippi, lethargically, towards Corinth.  The advance was so slow, that they found Corinth empty when they arrived.  Shortly after Corinth, Halleck was brought to Washington, DC, as General-In-Chief of all Union armies, with U.S. Grant taking back over command of the Army of the Mississippi.  Prior to the Civil War, Halleck had written, "Report on the Means of National Defense."

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