James Birdseye McPherson - Clyde OH
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 41° 18.564 W 082° 58.236
17T E 335042 N 4574977
Quick Description: Civil War Union Army Major General. The general and his aides rode into a gap in the Union lines, where they encountered the Fifth Confederate Infantry and he was killed; he was the second highest ranking Union causality of the war.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 7/25/2020 3:27:21 PM
Waymark Code: WM12WCF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
Views: 0

Long Description:
He is buried in McPherson Cemetery in Section 1, Lot 161.
Description:
From Find A Grave: Civil War Union Army Major General. Born at Clyde, Ohio, in 1849, he secured an appointment to United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he excelled, and was known as an excellent horseman and superior tactician. He was graduated at the head of his class in 1853 when he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, in the Corps of Engineers. In 1858, he was posted to California and assigned to Pacific coast fortifications at Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, during which, he was promoted to first lieutenant. A captain by 1861, he was again promoted at the outbreak of the Civil War to lieutenant colonel, and was appointed aide-de-camp to General Henry Halleck. He attained the rank of major general in October 1862, and served under General Grant in the Army of the Tennessee during the Vicksburg campaign. In July 1863, he had the honor of leading the Union troops into Vicksburg and then commanded the occupation. That August, he was promoted to brigadier general. In February 1864, he left Vicksburg on his first furlough of the war to marry his fiancée, but was recalled before the ceremony could take place. He succeeded Grant as commander of the Army of the Tennessee, which he commanded at the actions of Resaca, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, and the Atlanta campaign. On August 22, 1864, when Confederates under his former classmate John Bell Hood, launched an attack on his line, the general and his aides rode into a gap in the Union lines, where they encountered the Fifth Confederate Infantry and he was killed; he was the second highest ranking Union causality of the war. Two biographies, 'Forgotten Hero: General James B. McPherson' (1955) by Elizabeth Whaley and 'General James B. McPherson, Fallen Star of the Union' (1991) by Dan McPherson have been published.


Date of birth: 11/14/1828

Date of death: 7/22/1864

Area of notoriety: Military

Marker Type: Monument

Setting: Outdoor

Fee required?: No

Web site: [Web Link]

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
To post a visit log for waymarks in this category, you must have personally visited the waymark location. When logging your visit, please provide a note describing your visit experience, along with any additional information about the waymark or the surrounding area that you think others may find interesting.

We especially encourage you to include any pictures that you took during your visit to the waymark. However, only respectful photographs are allowed. Logs which include photographs representing any form of disrespectful behavior (including those showing personal items placed on or near the grave location) will be subject to deletion.
Search for...
Geocaching.com Google Map
Google Maps
MapQuest
Bing Maps
Nearest Waymarks
Nearest Grave of a Famous Person
Nearest Geocaches
Nearest Benchmarks
Create a scavenger hunt using this waymark as the center point
Recent Visits/Logs:
There are no logs for this waymark yet.