Joseph N. G. Whistler

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Joseph Nelson Garland Whistler (October 19, 1822 – April 20, 1899)[1] was an American Union brevet brigadier general during the period of the American Civil War. After graduating from West Point in the class of 1846, he served in the Mexican–American War where he fought in numerous battles. He later was stationed in the area of New Mexico for about a decade where he fought in skirmishes against the Apache and Navajo. During the Civil War, he was severely wounded at the Siege of Petersburg [2] He received his appointment as brevet brigadier general dated to March 13, 1865.[3]

General Whistler was an Original Companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States - a military society for Union officers who served in the American Civil War.

He was the grandson of John Whistler, an Irish-born soldier who served under General Burgoyne during the Revolutionary War and was captured at the Battle of Saratoga. His first cousin was the famous artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler.[4]


  1. ^ "Joseph N. G. Whistler". Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  2. ^ "Descendants of John Whistler". Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  3. ^ The Photographic History of the Civil War: Three Volumes in One. New York: Random House Value Publishing, Inc. 1983. p. 316. 0-517-20155-0. 
  4. ^ "Last of Whistlers Retires From Army". Retrieved 2012-04-10. 

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