Elliott Warren Rice

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Elliott Warren Rice
Elliott Warren Rice
Born (1835-11-16)November 16, 1835
Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Died June 22, 1887(1887-06-22) (aged 51)
Sioux City, Iowa
Place of burial Floyd Cemetery, Sioux City, Iowa
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861–1865
Rank Union Army major general rank insignia.svg Major General
Unit XVI Corps
XV Corps
Battles/wars American Civil War
*Second Battle of Corinth
*Battle of Belmont
*Fort Henry
*Fort Donelson
*Battle of Shiloh
*Atlanta Campaign
*Carolinas Campaign

Elliott Warren Rice (November 16, 1835 – June 22, 1887) was a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He commanded an infantry brigade during the pivotal Atlanta Campaign in the summer of 1864.

Early life[edit]

Rice was born in Allegany, Pennsylvania.[1] His family moved to Belmont, Ohio, when Rice was an infant. He was schooled in Wheeling, West Virginia (then Virginia), and Franklin College in Athens, Ohio. In 1855, he moved to Oskaloosa, Iowa, to study law under his brother, Samuel Allen Rice, and graduated from the University of Albany Law School in 1858. He practiced law in Oskaloosa with Samuel until the Civil War broke out.[2]

Civil War[edit]

On July 24, 1861, he joined the 7th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment as a corporal. He was promoted to major on August 30, 1861. He fought at the Battle of Belmont in November, and became regimental commander when his superiors became incapacited. There he received the first of seven war wounds. He participated in the campaigns to capture Fort Henry and Fort Donelson and in the Battle of Shiloh, when he was promoted to colonel. He fought in the Second Battle of Corinth (October 1862) and commanded Bethel and La Grange, Tennessee, leading the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, XVI Corps and protected Memphis & Charleston Railroad.

As a brigade commander in the Atlanta Campaign in 1864, he fought at Resaca, New Hope Church, and Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia. He received promotion to Brigadier General of Volunteers on June 22, 1864, leading the 2nd Division. He participated in the Siege of Atlanta, and then transferred to the XV Corps, where he served through the March to the Sea and the Carolinas Campaign. He was appointed to the brevet rank of major general for war service dating from March 13, 1865.[2]

Post war[edit]

After the war he practiced law in Washington D.C., until returning to Iowa, to his sister's home in Sioux City, where he remained until his death. He is interred at Floyd Cemetery, Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b "US Civil War Generals". Kerry Webb Canberra Australia. Archived from the original on 2007-08-11. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  2. ^ a b c ugaalltheway. "Elliott Warren Rice". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2007-08-13.