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army officer

John Wynn Davidson, American army officer.


Davidson, John Wynn was born on August 18, 1823 in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. Son of William Benjamin Davidson.


Graduated from the United States Military Academy 1845.


Served in battles which secured possession of Southern California during Mexican War, 1846. Commissioned captain, 1855. Refused commission in Confederate Army, 1861.

Commissioned brigadier general United States Volunteers, 1862. Brevetted lieutenant colonel and colonel United States Army, 1862. Commanded brigade Army of Potomac during Peninsular campaign, 1862.

Commanded St. Louis district Army of S.E. Missouri, 1862. Commanded Army of Arkansas, 1863-1864. Chief of cavalry division W. Mississippi, 1865.

Assisted in capture of Little Rock, Arkansas. Brevetted brigadier general, also major general, 1865. Served in Inspector General’s Department of Missouri, 1866.

Professor military science and tactics Kansas Agricultural College, 1868-1871. Commissioned colonel 2d Cavalry, 1879.


Married Miss McGunnegle.

William Benjamin Davidson. Davidson

Miss McGunnegle.