Knowledge Identifier: +James_B._McPherson
Career United States Army officer who served as a General in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was killed at the Battle of Atlanta, the second highest ranking Union officer killed during the war and the only commander of a Union army to die in the field
Born in 1828.
Countries: United States (60%), New York (27%), California (7%)
Linked to: Union Army, United States Army, United States Army Corps of Engineers, United States Military Academy
In 1857 he superintended the building of Fort Delaware, and in 1857-61 was superintending engineer of the construction of the defenses of Alcatraz Island, at San Francisco, Cal.
On October 8, 1862, he was promoted to major general, and was soon after given command of the XVII Corps in Grant's Army of the Tennessee
Joseph Hooker - Atlanta Campaign - Hooker led his corps competently in the 1864 Atlanta Campaign under Sherman, but asked to be relieved before the capture of the city because of his dissatisfaction with the promotion of Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard to command of the Army of the Tennessee, upon the death of Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson
Oliver O. Howard - Atlanta Campaign - In July 1864, following the death of Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson, Howard became commander of the Army of the Tennessee, fought in the Atlanta Campaign, and led the right wing of Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's famous March to the Sea, through Georgia and the Carolinas
McPherson County, South Dakota, founded in 1873, and organized in 1885, was named in his honor
Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2001