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Nelson Henry Davis
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Born: September 20, 1821
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Died: May 15, 1890
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Army
Union Army
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Rank: Bvt. Brigadier General
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Commands: 7th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry

Asst. Inspector General of the Army of the Potomac
Asst. Inspector General of the Department of New Mexico
Inspector General of the U.S. Army

Battles: American Civil War
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Nelson H. Davis was a career soldier in the United States Army. Graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1845, he served in the Mexican-American War, the American Civil War and in actions against the Apache people in New Mexico.

His service in the Civil War began as a field officer commanding the 7th Massachusetts. However, after a few months, he was transferred to a staff position within the Army of the Potomac. In this capacity, he caught the attention of Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, who eventually assigned Davis to duty with his headquarters staff. At the end of the Civil War, Davis was awarded the honorary rank of brevet brigadier general.[1]

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  • List of Massachusetts generals in the American Civil War


  1. Bowen, 911–912.