A Civil War Biography
Joseph Bennett Plummer
Plummer was born 15 November 1816 in Barre, Massachusetts. After
attending the local high school he taught school while actively
seeking an appointment to West Point. He even appears to have taken
a few years off his age so as no to endanger his chances. After
receiving the support of many prominent citizens, including
Massachusetts Governor William L. Marcy, Plummer received his
appointment. He graduated 22nd in the class of 1841 and was assigned
to garrison and frontier duty in the infantry.
He was on sick leave fro the first year of the war with Mexico. From
1848 until 1861 he was assigned to quartermaster duty on the Texas
frontier. He was promoted to captain in the 1st US Infantry in 1852.
When the war started Plummer, still a captain, commanded a battalion
at Wilson's Creek where he was wounded. On 25 September 1861 he was
commissioned colonel in the 11th Missouri Volunteer Infantry. and
was assigned to command Camp Girardeau, Missouri. On 11 March 1862
Plummer was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers to date from
22 October of the previous year. He commanded the 5th Division in
John Pope's Army of the Mississippi at New Madrid and during the
operations against Island No 10. He commanded a brigade in David S.
Stanley's 2nd Division of the Army of the Mississippi during the
siege of Corinth, Mississippi. Plummer died 9 August 1862 near
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