Abraham Lincoln Appoints John M. Brannan, Chief of Artillery for the Army of the Cumberland, a Major General by Brevet

Brannan played key roles in the Battles of Jacksonville, Chickamauga, and during the Atlanta Campaign

A very uncommon major general’s appointment

John M. Brannan graduated from West Point and then served in the Mexican War. In the Civil War, he became a brigadier general and was in command of the Department of Key West in Florida. In 1862 he was given command of the Department of the...

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Abraham Lincoln Appoints John M. Brannan, Chief of Artillery for the Army of the Cumberland, a Major General by Brevet

Brannan played key roles in the Battles of Jacksonville, Chickamauga, and during the Atlanta Campaign

A very uncommon major general’s appointment

John M. Brannan graduated from West Point and then served in the Mexican War. In the Civil War, he became a brigadier general and was in command of the Department of Key West in Florida. In 1862 he was given command of the Department of the South. From 1863-1865 he was Chief of Artillery for the Department of the Cumberland, and served in this key role at Missionary Ridge and through the entire Atlanta Campaign. He was cited for Gallant and Meritorious Services for the Atlanta campaign and in the Field during the Rebellion, and as further reward was promoted to Major General on January 23, 1865.

Document Signed as President, on vellum, complete with engravings of an eagle, flags, and military accoutrements, Washington, January 23, 1865, appointing Brannan “Major General by Brevet”. The document is countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.

A prominent graduate of West Point, upon his death Brannan was honored with a burial at West Point Cemetery. Additionally, for his life-long service, Battery Brannan at Fort Worden, Washington was named in his honor.

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