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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
McNeil, John 1813- 1891 (search)
McNeil, John 1813-1891 Military officer; born in Halifax, N. S., Feb. 4, 1813; was a hatter in St. Louis about twenty years, and then president of an insurance company; entered the Union service with General Lyon in May, 1861; and was in command of St. Louis, under Fremont. He was made colonel of the 19th Missouri Volunteers Aug. 3, and early in 1862 took command of a cavalry regiment and of a military district in Missouri, in which he distinguished himself by clearing out the guerillas; and was promoted brigadiergeneral. He assisted in driving the forces under Price out of Missouri in the fall of 1864. He was a commissioner to the Centennial Exposition in 1876 and an Indian inspector in 1878 and 1882. He died in St. Louis, June 8, 1891.