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Thomas W. Sweeny

Date of Birth:      December 25, 1820
Hometown:         County Cork, Ireland
Education:           N/A
Final Wartime Rank:    Brigadier General
Final Peacetime Rank:  Brigadier General

Date of Death:     April 10, 1892
Place of Death:    Astoria, NY
Buried At:           Brooklyn, NY

Major Battles:        Battle of Carthage (MO), Wilson's Creek, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Siege of Corinth, Atlanta Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    Sweeny would immigrate, with his widowed mother, to the United States.  He served in the Mexican war, where he lost his right arm.  At the start, of the Civil War, he would find himself in the Department of Missouri, where he would fight at Carthage, and Wilson's Creek - where he would be wounded.  As a colonel, at Shiloh, Sweeny would command a brigade in W.H.L. Wallace's division - his brigade losing 1,247casualties, including Sweeny who was again wounded.  He would be promoted to brigadier general and would command a division of the XVI Corps in the Atlanta Campaign.  He would be arrested on charges brought against him, by Grenville M. Dodge.  While acquitted, in a long trial, Sweeny would hold no other significant command.  Despite his reputation, and actions, he would retire as a brigadier general in the regular army.

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