: Joshua W. Sill (1831-1862), a native of Chillicothe, was killed at the Battle of Stone's River outside of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Despite his gentle personality, Sill excelled at West Point where he graduated third in his class. He remained in the army until 1861, where he spent most of his time teaching at West Point. He resigned in 1861 and accepted a position teaching mathematics at the Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York. Sill resigned this position at the outbreak of the Civil War and returned to Ohio where he was commissioned as a lieutenant colonel. He served as aide to General George B. McClellan. Early in the war, Sill fought in minor battles in Kentucky and Alabama. In July 1862, he was promoted to brigadier general and was later given command of a brigade in General Phil Sheridan's army. He was killed by rifle fire while leading his men into battle on December 31, 1862. This photograph was probably taken during the summer of 1861 while Sill was in Portsmouth recruiting troops for the 33rd O. V. I. It measures 2 by 4 inches (5.08 by 10.16 cm). View on Ohio Memory.
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: Military Ohio; Civil War; Soldiers; Military officers Places
: Chillicothe (Ohio); Ross County (Ohio); Portsmouth (Ohio); Scioto County (Ohio)