Brig. General Joseph B. Plummer (USA)

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Joseph Bennett Plummer

Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Barre, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Siege of Corinth, Mississippi
Cause of death: Died in battle
Place of Burial: Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Alpheus Plummer and Lydia Plummer
Husband of Frances "Fanny" Plummer
Father of Capt. Satterlee C. Plummer

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About Brig. General Joseph B. Plummer (USA)

Joseph Bennett Plummer (November 15, 1816 – August 9, 1862) was a career soldier in the United States Army, serving as a general during the American Civil War.


Plummer was born in Barre, Massachusetts, and educated in the common schools. He taught school for several years. In 1841, he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy. He received a brevet rank of second lieutenant in the 1st U.S. Infantry and served on garrison duty. He missed the first year of the Mexican-American War due to sickness. Plummer did quartermaster duty on the Texas frontier from 1848 until 1861. In 1852, he was promoted to a captaincy in the 1st U.S. Infantry. He married Frances Hagner; they had a son, Satterlee Clark Plummer, who later also became an officer in the U.S. Army after graduating from West Point in 1865.

Plummer was commissioned as the colonel of the llth Missouri Volunteers in September 1861 and assigned command of the post at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, a position he filled until March 1862. Then, he was appointed as a brigadier general, U.S. Volunteers. In April 1862, Plummer was promoted to major of the 8th U.S. Infantry in the Regular Army. He was wounded at the Battle of Wilson's Creek while commanding a battalion of Regulars.

Later, he commanded the 5th Division of Pope's army at New Madrid and the Island Number Ten campaign. He subsequently commanded a brigade of Stanley's division at Corinth and died in camp at Corinth on August 9, 1862 (exactly one year after Wilson's Creek) from lingering effects of his wounds and prolonged exposure in the field.

He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Capt. Joseph B. Plummer, First Infantry; Capt. Charles C. Gilbert, First Infantry; Capt. Daniel iluston, jr., First Infantry; Capt. Frederick Steele, Second Infantry; First Lieut. Henry C. Wood, First Infantry; First Lient. W. L. Lothrop, Fourth Artillery; Lieutenant Canfield, First Cavalry, for conspicuous gallantry and highly meritorious conduct from the beginning to the close of the battle.

From Gen. J. C. Fremont report after the Battle of Wilson's Creek., page 55.

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Brig. General Joseph B. Plummer (USA)'s Timeline

November 15, 1816
Barre, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 27
Wisconsin, United States
August 9, 1862
Age 45
Siege of Corinth, Mississippi
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, United States