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Henry Shaw Briggs

Born: Aug 1, 1824

Death: Sep 23, 1887

Birthplace: Lanesborough

Nationality: United States

Henry Shaw Briggs

Date of Birth : Aug 1, 1824
Date of Death : Sep 23, 1887
Birth Place : Lanesborough

Henry Shaw Briggs was brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. During the war, Briggs served as a captain with the 8th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was the colonel and first commander of the 10th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. After suffering serious wounds during the Battle of Fair Oaks in 1862, Briggs was promoted to brigadier general and served primarily administrative commands in Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, Virginia. He was, however, periodically assigned various brigade commands in the field for brief periods during the latter half of the war. Both prior to and after the war, Briggs was a lawyer and politician. He served as a state legislator, Massachusetts Auditor and a judge.


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