★  Belknap, William W.

William Worth Belknap

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Born: September 22, 1829

Birthplace: Newburgh, New York

Father:
William Goldsmith Belknap 1794 – 1851
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa)​

Mother: Anne Clark 1801 – 1858
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa)​

1st Wife: Cora Leroy 1837 – 1862
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa)​

2nd Wife: Caroline S. “Carita” Tomlinson 1836 – 1870
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa)​

3rd Wife: Amanda Tomlinson 1840 – 1916
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​

Children:

William Goldsmith Belknap 1855 – 1874​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa)​
U.S. Congressman Hugh Reid Parker 1860 – 1901​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​
Alice Belknap Henry Van Kaathoven 1874 – 1962​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​

Education:

1848: Graduated from Princeton University​

Occupation before War:

1851 – 1854: Attorney in Washington, D.C.​
1854 – 1861: Attorney in Keokuk, Iowa​
Member of the Democratic Political Party​
1857 – 1858: Iowa State Representative​
Served in City Rifles Militia, rising to the rank of Captain​

Civil War Career:

1861: Pro – War Democrat at the start of the war​
1861: Major for raising and equipping the 15th Iowa Volunteers​
1861 – 1862: Major of 15th Iowa Infantry Regiment​
1862: 15th Iowa Infantry Regiment received into Union Army Service​
1862: Wounded during the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee​
1862: Served in the Battle of Corinth, Mississippi​
1862 – 1863: Lt. Colonel of 15th Iowa Infantry Regiment​
1863 – 1864: Colonel of 15th Iowa Infantry Regiment​
1863: Served in the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi​
1864: Served in the Battle of Atlanta, Georgia
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1864 – 1865: Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers​
1864: Served in Sherman’s March to the Sea in Georgia​
1865: Brevetted Major General for Gallantry in Atlanta Campaign​
1865: Declined a commission in the United States Army​
1865: Mustered out of the Union Army on August 24th

Occupation after War:

1865 – 1869: Collector of Internal Revenue in District of Iowa​
1869 – 1876: United States Secretary of U.S. War Department​
1876 – 1877: Served indictment in Washington, D.C.​
1877: Justice Arthur McArthur Sr. dismissed his indictment​
Railroads Attorney in Keokuk, Iowa​
1880: Opposed a Grant Third Term​
Popular among Union Army Civil War Veterans​
Co – Author of History of the Fifteenth Regiment Iowa Volunteers

Died: October 12, 1890

Place of Death: Washington, D.C.

Cause of Death: Massive Heart Attack

Age at time of Death: 61 years old

Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
 
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He resigned from Grant's Cabinet (Secretary of War) after being impeached for "malfeasance". He was selling government positions and contracts. He was however acquitted by a narrow vote not by any belief in his innocence but by his prior resignation.
 

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He resigned from Grant's Cabinet (Secretary of War) after being impeached for "malfeasance". He was selling government positions and contracts. He was however acquitted by a narrow vote not by any belief in his innocence but by his prior resignation.
One of the true scumbags in the Grant Administration; I was surprised when researching my thread on Texas Forts following the war to find him accompanying Phil Sheridan to Fort Clark at Brackettville for a secret conference with then-colonels Wesley Merritt and Ranald Mackenzie to allow the latter to "invade" Mexico in pursuit of raiding Apache and other tribesmen. I wouldn't have expected Belknap to have been that energetic!
 
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Belknap was said to be a tall,burly man. and a natural leader and recruiter.His 15th Iowa was in the 3rd Brigade with the 11th,13th, and parts of the 16th Iowa Infantry Regiments. The brigade was under the command of a Colonel Crocker.
 
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