Nelson H. Davis

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Nelson Henry Davis
Nelson H Davis.jpg
BornSeptember 20, 1821
Oxford, Massachusetts
DiedMay 15, 1890
Place of burial
South Cemetery, Oxford, Massachusetts
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Union Army
Years of service1845–1885
Commands held7th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry

Asst. Inspector General of the Army of the Potomac
Asst. Inspector General of the Department of New Mexico

Inspector General of the U.S. Army
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
AwardsBvt. brigadier general
Other workRegular Army officer
retired as a brigadier general

Nelson H. Davis was a career soldier in the United States Army. Graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1845, he served in the Mexican–American War, the American Civil War and in actions against the Apache people in New Mexico. His service in the Civil War began as a colonel commanding the 7th Massachusetts. However, after a few months, he was transferred as a major to a staff position within the Army of the Potomac. In this capacity, he caught the attention of Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, who eventually assigned Davis to duty with his headquarters staff. On July 10, 1868, President Andrew Johnson nominated Davis for the award of the honorary grade of brevet brigadier general, U.S.A., Regular Army, to rank from March 13, 1865, for meritorious and efficient services during the war,[2] and the U.S. Senate confirmed the award on July 28, 1868.[1][3] Nelson H. Davis retired from the army as a brigadier general in 1885.[4] He died at Governor's Island, New York, on May 15, 1890.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Bowen, 911–912.
  2. ^ Hunt, Roger D. and Brown, Jack R. Brevet Brigadier Generals in Blue. Gaithersburg, MD: Olde Soldier Books, Inc., 1990. ISBN 1-56013-002-4. p. 150
  3. ^ Eicher, 733
  4. ^ a b Hunt and Brown, 150