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Hugh Judson Kilpatrick
Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick between circa 1863 and circa 1865
|United States Minister to Chile|
July 25, 1881 – December 4, 1881
|Preceded by||Thomas A. Osborn|
|Succeeded by||Cornelius Ambrose Logan|
March 12, 1866 – August 3, 1870
Ulysses S. Grant
|Preceded by||Thomas H. Nelson|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Pomeroy Root|
January 14, 1836|
Wantage Township, near Deckertown, New Jersey (now Sussex Borough)
|Died||December 4, 1881
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Branch/service||United States Army
|Years of service||1861–1865|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Hugh Judson Kilpatrick (January 14, 1836 – December 4, 1881) was an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War, achieving the rank of brevet major general. He was later the United States Minister to Chile and an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Nicknamed "Kilcavalry" (or "Kill-Cavalry") for using tactics in battle that were considered as recklessly disregarding the lives of soldiers under his command, Kilpatrick was both praised for the victories he achieved, and despised by Southerners whose homes and towns he devastated.
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