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Robert Nugent

Born: Jun 27, 1824

Death: Jun 20, 1901

Birthplace: Kilkeel

Nationality: United States

Robert Nugent

Date of Birth : Jun 27, 1824
Date of Death : Jun 20, 1901
Birth Place : Kilkeel

Brigadier General Robert Nugent was an Irish-born American U.S. Army officer during the American Civil War and the Indian Wars. He served with the Irish Brigade's 69th Infantry Regiment, from its days as a National Guard unit and into its incorporation into the Union Army at the start of the war, and was one of its senior officers at the First Battle of Bull Run. When the unit was originally mustered out of service, the 90-day enlistment terms having expired, Nugent accepted a commission as a captain in the regular army. He was immediately assigned to the 13th Infantry Regiment whose commanding officer, Colonel William Tecumseh Sherman, personally requested. Taking a leave of absence to return to New York, he assisted Thomas Francis Meagher in organizing the Irish Brigade. The newly reformed 69th Infantry Regiment was the first unit assigned to the Irish Brigade and, with Nugent as its colonel, he led the "Fighting 69th" at the Battles of Fair Oaks, Gaines Mill, Savage Station, White Oak Swamp, Glendale, Malvern Hill, and Antietam. Nugent was wounded, shot in the stomach, at the Battle of Fredericksburg and was eventually forced to resign his command.

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