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Orlando B. Willcox

Date of Birth:      April 16, 1823
Hometown:         Detroit, MI
Education:           West Point, 1847
Final Wartime Rank:    Brigadier General
Final Peacetime Rank:  Brigadier General

Date of Death:     May 10, 1907
Place of Death:    Coburg, ON Canada
Buried At:           Arlington National Cemetery

Major Battles:        First Manassas, Antietam Campaign, Fredericksburg, Knoxville, Overland Campaign, Petersburg Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    Willcox, would be practicing law, in Detroit, at the outbreak of the Civil War.  West Point trained, he was quickly returned to the army, as colonel of the 1st Michigan Infantry.  In command of a brigade, at First Manassas, he would be captured by the Confederates, remaining in prison for more than a year.  Appointed to brigadier general, after being exchanged, he would command a division, of Ambrose Burnside's IX Corps, at Antietam.  He would continue to command a division at Fredericksburg, and at Knoxville, when Burnside's IX Corps was detached.  Willcox would be in command, of the same division, during U.S. Grant's Overland Campaign, and at Petersburg.  After the war, he would receive the Congressional Medal of Honor, for bravery, at First Manassas.  He would have a town named after him, Willcox, AZ, for his service in Arizona during the Apache uprisings.

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