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S.G. Griffin
S.G. Griffin

Federal (USA)


Simon Goodell Griffin

(1824 - 1902)
Home State: New Hampshire
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 6th New Hampshire Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He was raised on his uncle's farm near Roxbury, NH. He farmed and tought school there from age 18. He studied the law and was in the State Legislature in the decade between 1850 and 1860, in which year he was admitted to the Bar. He helped organize - and mustered as Captain of - Company B, 3rd New Hampshire infantry in June 1861. He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the 6th New Hampshire infantry in October 1861, and was with the Regiment in North Carolina. He was promoted to Colonel in April 1862.

The remainder of the War:
In 1863 he had a brigade command in the Ninth Corps, which served in Kentucky and at Vicksburg, MS. He was promoted to Brigadier General after action at Spottsylvania, VA in May 1864. He commanded a Division at Petersburg, VA and on to Appomattox Court House. He mustered out of the volunteer service on 24 August 1865.

After the War:
He spent most of his life in Keene. He was in the State legislature, becoming Speaker of the House. He was twice the Republican nominee for the US Congress, but was not elected. He spent "some years" in development in Texas.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Biographical details from Griffin's own A History of the Town of Keene (1904), published poshumously. The photo here from a CDV offered for sale by Dave Taylor's Civil War Antiques.

Birth Date: 08/09/1824    Place of Birth: Nelson, NH    
Death Date: 01/14/1902    Death Place: Keene, NH    Burial Place: Woodland Cemetery, Keene, NH

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