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Ayres, Romeyn Beck, 1825-1888

Military officer; born in East Creek, N. Y., Dec. 20, 1825; was graduated at West Point in 1847. He served in the artillery in the war with Mexico, and commanded a battery in the battle of Bull Run. In October, 1861, he became chief of artillery of Gen. W. F. Smith's division, and soon afterwards of the 6th Corps. He was in the campaign on the Peninsula, and the chief battles afterwards in Virginia and Maryland. He served with distinction through the Richmond campaign of 1864-605; was brevetted major-general of volunteers in March, 1865; promoted to colonel of the 3d Artillery. July 18, 1879; and died in Fort Hamilton, N. Y., Dec. 4, 1888.

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