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George Stoneman

Stoneman was from western New York, and graduated from West Point in 1846. He served primarily as a cavalry officer with the Union army during the Civil War. After serving with George McClellan in western Virginia, Stoneman was made chief of cavalry of the Army of the Potomac when McClellan assumed command. After the Peninsular Campaign, Stoneman commanded an infantry division and at Fredericksburg a infantry corps. Under Joseph Hooker, Stoneman again commanded the Cavalry Corps. During the Atlanta campaign, Stoneman led the cavalry corps until he was captured while on a raid trying to free Union prisoners at Andersonville on July 31, 1864. After the war, Stoneman served a term as governor of California. He died in 1894.
Source: "Generals in Blue" Warner, Ezra J.

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