Napoleon Jackson Tecumseh Dana

Napoleon Jackson Tecumseh Dana was born on April 15, 1822, at Fort Sullivan, Eastport, Maine, where his father, an officer of the 1st Artillery, was stationed. His paternal grandfather had been a Revolutionary naval officer. Young Dana entered the Military Academy at the age of sixteen; he was graduated in 1842 and posted to the 7th Infantry. He fought in the Mexican War—at Cerro Gordo he was so severely wounded that he was left for dead until picked up by a burial detail thirty-six hours later. In 1855 he resigned his commission to engage in the banking business in St. Paul, Minnesota, but maintained his interest in military affairs by serving as a brigadier of Minnesota militia. On October 2, 1861, he was appointed colonel of the 1st Minnesota, a regiment which he commanded at the disastrous battle of Ball's Bluff. The following spring, having been commissioned a brigadier general of volunteers, Dana commanded a brigade of John Sedgwick's division of the II Corps. In September he was badly wounded at Sharpsburg and incapacitated for months; he was promoted to major general, however, to rank from November 29, 1862. After his return to duty in July, 1863, General Dana saw no further important field service, but successively commanded the defenses of Philadelphia, the operations at Brazos Santiago Pass on the Texas Gulf Coast, the XIII Corps, and various districts along the Mississippi River which by the autumn of 1864 had ceased to be a theater of active operations. In December, 1864, he was placed in charge of the Department of Mississippi, a post he occupied until he submitted his resignation on May 27, 1865. Until 1871, General Dana was general agent of the American-Russian Commercial Company of San Francisco in Alaska and at Washington, D. C. He later was an executive of several railroads; commissioner in charge of railroad pools at St. Louis; and deputy commissioner of pensions for the United States government from 1895 until 1897. In 1894 he had been placed on the army retired list as a captain. General Dana spent his last years in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he died on July 15, 1905, and was buried.

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