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Innis Newton Palmer
[[Image:150px|center|200px|border]]Innis N. Palmer
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Born: March 30, 1824(1824-03-30)
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Died: September 10, 1900 (aged 76)
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Branch: United States Army
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Rank: Brigadier General
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Commands: 2nd U. S. Cavalry
Battles: Mexican-American War
*Battle of Contreras
*Battle of Churubusco
American Civil War
*First Battle of Bull Run
*Peninsula Campaign
*Seven Days Battles
*Battle of Wyse Fork
Indian Wars
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Innis Newton Palmer (March 30, 1824 – September 10, 1900) was a career officer in the United States Army, serving in the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, and on the Western frontier.

Palmer was born in Buffalo, New York. He entered the United States Military Academy in 1842. He graduated in the class of 1846 and was appointed a brevet second lieutenant in the 2nd U.S. Mounted Rifles. He entered the Mexican-American War as a first lieutenant and was cited for bravery and noteworthy service at the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco. His valor displayed at the Battle of Chapultepec earned for him a brevet promotion to the rank of captain. In March 1855 Palmer was promoted to the full rank of captain in the 2nd U.S. Cavalry.

In April 1861 with the outbreak of the Civil War, Palmer advanced in rank again, becoming a major in the 5th U.S. Cavalry. At the First Battle of Bull Run, he led a battalion of seven companies of horsemen, and was again recognized for his gallantry. He was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers. In 1863 he was appointed to the Regular Army rank of lieutenant colonel of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry. He was brevetted a major general of volunteers at the close of the war.

In June 1868, Palmer became colonel of the regiment. He retired at his own request in March 1879. He died on the morning of September 10, 1900 of complications from kidney failure in Chevy Chase, Maryland. His interment was in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

His son in law was Major General Eben Swift who at one time commanded the 5th Cavalry and his grandson and namesake was Major General Innis Palmer Swift, who commanded the 1st Cavalry Division and I Corps in the South Pacific in World War II.[1]

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  1. Gen. Swift, A Cavalryman, San Antonio Light, August 31, 1951, Page 20.