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General John Milton Brannan

Date(s) of Letter(s) Warner, Ezra J. Generals in Blue: Lives of the Union Commanders. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1964.
March 15, 1862
April 19, 1862
April 25, 1862
May 19, 1862
December 6, 1862
December 11, 1862

General John Milton Brannan
John Milton Brannan was born in Washington, D.C., on July 1, 1819. He entered the U.S. Military Academy in 1837 and after graduation was posted to the artillery as a brevet second lieutenant.   Brannan served as regimental adjutant of the First Artillery in the war with Mexico and was promoted to captain for his bravery in action. Brannan was appointed brigadier general of volunteers on September 28, 1861. He served as commander of the Department of Key West and temporarily took command of the Department of the South in 1862. Brannan was later appointed as chief of artillery of the Army of the Cumberland and served as Inspector of that department until the end of the war. Brannan retired as a colonel in 1882 and settle in New York City, where he died on December 16, 1892. (pp. 42-43)