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Major General James Barnet Fry Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

MAJOR GENERAL JAMES BARNET FRY
Born: January 22, 1827
Died: July 11, 1894
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James Barnet Fry (1827-1894), West Point class of 1847, was Chief of Staff to Union Generals McDowell and Buell in the opening years of the Civil War (1861-1862). In 1863 he was made Provost Marshal General of the Army, keeping the post until it was abolished in 1866. The Provost Marshall of the Army, a post since reinstated, is in charge of the military police and army criminal investigations. Fry was on the platform when President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address (November 19, 1863). From 1866 Fry served Adjutant General, dealing with personnel recruitment and administration, retiring as a Major General. He later wrote several books of history on the Civil War and other topics. This piece merits further research. At first glance, the dismissal of Lt. Ogle might appear the result of financial malfeasance. However, it took place in the context of the secession of southern states from the Union, and the withdrawal of many southern officers from the US Army in order to fight for the Confederacy. Was this the real reason Lt. Ogle "failed to render his accounts" and was dropped from the Rolls of the Army? A General Order is a command directive enunciating a policy, as opposed to a direct order to an individual solider.

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