Eleazer Arthur Paine

Eleazer Arthur Paine, a cousin of General Halbert E. Paine, was born September 10, 1815, in Parkman (a hamlet in Geauga County), Ohio. He was graduated from West Point in the class of 1839, and then served briefly on the staff of General Zachary Taylor in the Seminole War before resigning his commission in 1840 to study law. After admission to the bar he practiced at Painesville, Ohio, from 1843 until 1848 and then at Monmouth, Illinois, until the outbreak of war in 1861. During his residence in Ohio he served as deputy United States marshal and as lieutenant colonel and brigadier general of militia. Paine, a personal friend of Lincoln, was appointed colonel of the 9th Illinois on July 26, 1861, and brigadier general of volunteers on September 3. He commanded a brigade at Paducah, Kentucky, in the fall of that year, and at Cairo, Illinois, in January and February, 1862, and the 4th Division of Pope's army in the operations against New Madrid, Island No. 10, Fort Pillow, and Memphis during March and April. In the course of the advance on Corinth after the battle of Shiloh, he continued to lead a division of the Army of the Mississippi; but seems to have rendered something less than entire satisfaction, since the balance of his duty was confined to rear echelons. General Paine was engaged in guarding the Louisville & Nashville Railroad from Mitchellville to Nashville from November, 1862, until May, 1864, and was in command of the District of Western Kentucky from July to September of 1864. Thereafter he was "awaiting orders" until he finally submitted his resignation, which was accepted to date from April 5, 1865. He returned to Monmouth and resumed his law practice. In his last years the General and his wife alternated their residence between their two daughters. While staying with the one who lived in Jersey City, New Jersey, whose husband had died shortly before, Paine contracted pneumonia and died on December 16, 1882. He was interred, according to the local paper, in the same grave with his son-in-law in the burial ground of The Old Bergen Church in Jersey City. Because the grave is unmarked and the cemetery records have disappeared, the exact location is unknown.

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Reference: Generals in Blue. Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Louisiana State University Press. Baton Rouge.