; born of Italian parents in Granada
, Jan. 18, 1831; was brought to the United States
while an infant.
His parents taught dancing, and that became his profession, which he taught at the United States Military Academy.
When the Civil War
broke out he raised a regiment (Shepard Rifles), and as its colonel accompanied Burnside
in his expedition to the coast of North Carolina
early in 1862.
He commanded a brigade under General Reno
, and served in the Army of Virginia, under General Pope
, in the summer of 1862.
He was promoted to brigadier-general of volunteers in September, and was in the battles of South Mountain
, and Fredericksburg
He served in the siege of Vicksburg
(1863), and commanded a division at the siege of Knoxville
, in defence of Fort Sanders
In the operations against Petersburg
he led a division of colored troops, and, Dec. 2, 1864, was brevetted major-general of volunteers.
He died in New York City, Dec. 11, 1899.