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Joseph D. Webster

Date of Birth:      August 25, 1811
Hometown:         Hampton, NH
Education:           Dartmouth College
Final Wartime Rank:    Brigadier General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     March 12, 1876
Place of Death:    Chicago, IL
Buried At:           Chicago, IL

Major Battles:        Battle of Belmont, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg Campaign, Atlanta Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    Webster, a civil engineer, by trade, would become a confidant, of U.S. Grant, and William Sherman, during the Civil War.  After the start of the Civil War, he would be sent to Cairo, IL to prepare the defenses there.  He would be Grant's chief of staff, at the Battle of Belmont and Forts Henry, and Donelson.  While at Shiloh, Grant placed Webster in charge of creating a defensive line, near the close of the first day's battle, along Pittsburg Landing Road.  This well placed line of artillery, and infantry, saved the battle for Grant, allowing time for Don Carlos Buell's Army of the Ohio, to come to his relief.  For his service, at Shiloh, he would be promoted brigadier general.  During the Atlanta Campaign, Webster would be W.T. Sherman's chief of staff.  He would end up in charge of the railroad, at Nashville, that kept Sherman's army, and later, George Thomas's army supplied.

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