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J. B. Callis
J. B. Callis

Federal (USA)


John Benton Callis

(1820 - 1898)
Home State: Wisconsin
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 7th Wisconsin Infantry

see his Battle Report


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He was a Captain, Company F, from August 1861 up to Brawner"s Farm in August 1862, and then assumed command of the 7th in the absence Col. Robinson, Lt. Col. Hamilton, and Major George Bill, all wounded.

In the Antietam Campaign:
In command of the 7th Wisconsin Infantry, part of the famous 4th 'Black Hat' Brigade of the 1st Division, I Corps. He led the Regiment at South Mountain on September 14th. The Brigade was the spearhead of the initial I Corps attack down the Hagerstown Pike against the Confederate Left early on the 17th.

The remainder of the War:
He was promoted to Major January 5, 1863. He was seriously wounded at Gettysburg in July 1863, and resigned in December because of medical disability. He was appointed Major (May 1864) then Lt. Colonel (February 1865) in the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC).

After the War:
He was honorably mustered out of the VRC 14 May 1867; Appointed Captain, 45th US Infantry 7 Mar 1867; and resigned 4 Feb I868.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Source: Heitman, Francis Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1903.

Place of Birth: Fayettville, NC    
Death Date: 9/24/1898    

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