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William Brickly Stokes

Born: Sep 9, 1814

Death: Mar 14, 1897

Birthplace: Chatham County

Nationality: United States

William Brickly Stokes

Date of Birth : Sep 9, 1814
Date of Death : Mar 14, 1897
Birth Place : Chatham County

William Brickly Stokes was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives from Tennessee. He also served as colonel of the 5th Tennessee Cavalry during the American Civil War. He was born on September 9, 1814 in Chatham County, North Carolina. He attended the common schools, moved with his family to Temperance Hall, Tennessee, and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1849 to 1852. He served in the Tennessee Senate in 1855 and 1856. He was elected as a member of the Opposition Party to the Thirty-sixth Congress by Tennessee's 4th congressional district, serving from March 4, 1859 to March 4, 1861. He entered the Union Army on May 15, 1862 as a major of the Tennessee Volunteers. He served as colonel of the 5th Tennessee Cavalry until he resigned on March 10, 1865. He briefly served in temporary brigade command in the Army of the Ohio between June 17, 1863 and August 6, 1863. On December 24, 1866, President Andrew Johnson nominated Stokes for the award of the honorary grade of brevet brigadier general to rank from March 13, 1865. The U.S. Senate confirmed the award on February 21, 1867.

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