General Gordon Granger - Inventory Number: IDE 053
CDV Photograph and Autograph of General Gordon Granger
Granger, Gordon, major-general, was born in New York about 1822. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1845 and took part in the principal battles of the Mexican war, being brevetted 1st lieutenant and captain for bravery at Contreras and Churubusco and at the storming of Chapultepec. After the close of the war he served on western frontier service, and in 1861 was assigned to the staff of Gen. McClellan at Cincinnati. When the 2nd Mich. cavalry was formed he was made its colonel, Sept. 2, 1861, having previously served at Dug springs and Wilson's creek, in August, and been brevetted major for gallantry at Wilson's creek. He was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers, March 26, 1862, commanded the cavalry division in the army of Gen. Halleck in the siege of Corinth, became major-general of volunteers Sept. 17, 1862, and was placed in command of the Army of Kentucky. He repelled Forrest's raid into the interior of Tennessee in June 1863, commanded a division in Gen. Rosecrans, army in the Tennessee campaign and distinguished himself at the battle of Chickamauga.
Being soon afterward assigned to command the 4th army corps, he took a prominent part in the operations about Chattanooga and in the battle of Missionary ridge, November 1863. 0n the reformation of the army he was granted a leave of absence and, returning to the field in July 1864, commanded a division at Fort Gaines, Ala., in August, and was commander of the 13th corps in the capture of Fort Morgan and throughout the operations which resulted in the fall of Mobile in the spring of 1865. He was promoted by brevet lieutenant-colonel and colonel for services at Chickamauga and Chattanooga, brigadier-general for gallantry in the capture of Mobile, and major-general U. S. A. for the capture of Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan. Gen. Granger was mustered out of the volunteer service Jan. 15, 1866, and at the time of his death was in command of the district of New Mexico, having been promoted colonel in the regular army July 28, 1866. He died in Santa Fe, N. M., Jan. 10, 1876.
Inventory Number: IDE 053