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Maj. Gen. James B. Ricketts




Born: June 21, 1817

New York City, New York

Died: September 22, 1887

Washington, D.C.

1839: West Point Graduate

April 1846: 1st Lieutenant

August 1853: Captain

July 1861: Brevet Lieutenant Colonel

April 30, 1862: Brig. Gen.

effective July 12, 1861

June 3, 1864: Brevet Colonel,

Regular Army

December 12, 1864: Brevet Maj. Gen.

of Volunteers

Maj. Gen. James B. Ricketts

1839: West Point Graduate 16th of 31 - Assigned to 1st U.S. Artillery

Canada border disturbances

April 1846: Promoted to 1st Lieutenant

1846-1848: Mexican/American War

September 21-23, 1846: Battle of Monterrey

February 22-23, 1847: Battle of Buena Vista - held the Rinconada Pass along with Abner Doubleday

August 1853: Promoted to Captain

Seminole Indian Wars

Frontier Duty in Texas

Early 1861: Commanded artillery battery in capture of Alexandria, Virginia

July 21, 1861: Battle of Bull Run - Shot four times and captured when his battery, Battery I, 1st U.S. Artillery was overrun

For his actions, received brevet lieutenant colonel in Regular Army

Prisoner of War in Richmond - Wife was allowed to visit and nurse him to health

December 18, 1861: Exchanged for Confederate Colonel Julius A. De Lagnel - Not paroled until January 1862 when he was placed on medical leave

April 30, 1862: President Lincoln appointed Ricketts Brigadier General effective July 12, 1861

August 9, 1862: Battle of Cedar Mountain

August 28, 1862: Battle of Thoroughfare Gap

August 29-30, 1862: 2nd Battle of Bull Run

September 15, 1862: Battle of Stone Mountain

September 17, 1862: Battle of Antietam - Two horses killed out from under him - 2nd horse fell on him injuring him

Appointed to Fitz John Porter court martial

March 1864: Returned to field as a division commander of General Sedgwick's VI Corps, which  he led through Grant's Overland Campaign - May 4 - June 24, 1864

May 5-7, 1864: Battle of the Wilderness - Division performed poorly

May 31-June 12, 1864: Battle of Cold Harbor

Received Brevet of Colonel, Regular Army for gallant and meritorious service at Cold Harbor

July 1864: Battle of Monocacy - under Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace suffering heavy losses

December 12, 1864: President Lincoln nominated for appointment to brevet grade of Major General of Volunteers, effective August 1, 1861

August 7, 1864 - March 2, 1865: Gen. Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign

October 19, 1864: Battle of Cedar Creek - commanding the VI Corps. Wounded by a Minie` ball through the chest that disables him for life

July 1865 - April 30, 1866: Command of a district in Department of Virginia

January 3, 1867: Retired from active service due to his health

Boatner, Mark M. III. The Civil War Dictionary. New York: David McKay, 1967. p 699-700

James B. Ricketts. 27 February 2020. web. 23 July 2020.

Warner, Ezra J. Generals in Blue Lives of the Union Commanders. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State, 1964. p 403-404

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