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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Patten, George Washington 1808-1882 (search)
Patten, George Washington 1808-1882 Military officer; born in Newport, R. I., Dec. 25, 1808; graduated at Brown University in 1824, and at West Point in 1830. He served in the war against the Seminoles and in Mexico and was brevetted major for gallantry at Cerro Gordo, where he lost a hand. He was made lieutenantcolonel of the 2d Infantry, June 7, 1862, and retired Feb. 17, 1864. Colonel Patten was a contributor of poetical pieces for periodicals from his youth, and a volume of his poems was published in 1867. He was also author of an Army manual (1863); and Tactics and drill for Infantry, artillery, and cavalry (3 volumes, 1861-63). He died in Houlton, Me., April 28, 1882.