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Nelson Henry Davis
File:Nelson H Davis.jpg
Born (1821-09-20)September 20, 1821
Died May 15, 1890(1890-05-15) (aged 68)
Place of birth Oxford, Massachusetts
Place of death Governor's Island, New York
Place of burial South Cemetery, Oxford, Massachusetts
Allegiance United StatesUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1845–1885
Rank Colonel
Commands held

7th 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/wars American Civil War
Awards Bvt. Brigadier General
Other work Regular 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,[1] and the U.S. Senate confirmed the award on July 28, 1868.[2][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]

See also


  1. 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
  2. Eicher, 733
  3. Bowen, 911–912.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hunt and Brown, 150


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