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John A. McClernand

Date of Birth:      May 30, 1812
Hometown:         Hardinsburg, KY
Education:           N/A
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     September 20, 1890
Place of Death:    Springfield, IL
Buried At:            Springfield, IL

Major Battles:        Belmont, Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    McClernand was promoted to brigadier general, early in the Civil War, by Lincoln.  This was a political appointment, made be Lincoln, in an effort to keep southern Illinois, for the Union cause.  McClernand participated in Ulysses Grant's western battles, starting with Belmont.  Grant did not like McClernand, from the beginning, seeing that he would manipulate situations to further his ambitions.  This came to a head, early in the Siege of Vicksburg, when McClernand sent a letter, to the press, attempting to over inflate his contributions to the battle.  As Grant had forbidden and communications to the press, without being approved by his headquarters, Grant immediately removed him from command.  McClernand would  remain politically active, chairing the Democratic National Convention, in 1876.

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