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Sykes, George, major-general, was born in Dover, Del., Oct. 9, 1822. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1842, assigned to the 3d infantry, participated in the latter part of the war with the Seminoles and afterward served in the West. On Sept. 21, 1846, he was promoted first lieutenant, engaged in the Mexican war, was present at Monterey, Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo (where he earned the brevet of captain), Contreras, Churubusco and the capture of Mexico city. He served as commissary under Gen. Twiggs, then on frontier and garrison duty, took part in the Apache warfare of 1854 and the Navajo expedition of 1859, and attained the rank of captain Sept. 30, 1855. He became major of the 14th infantry May 14, 1861, was present at the first battle of Bull Run, and received the commission of brigadier-general of volunteers on Sept. 28, 1861. He joined the Peninsular campaign as leader of the regulars in Gen. Fitz John Porter's corps, was brevetted colonel after Gaines' mill, was appointed major-general of volunteers Nov. 29, 1862, and given command of the 5th corps after the battle of Chancellorsville, holding the same until he was sent to Kansas April 20, 1864. At the end of the war he received the brevet of brigadier-general, U. S. A., for services at Gettysburg, and major-general, U. S. A., for gallant and meritorious services throughout the war. He had been promoted lieutenant-colonel in the regular army Oct. 16, 1863, and on Jan. 12, 1868, he became colonel of the 20th infantry. After 1877 he was in command at Fort Brown, Tex., where he died on Feb. 9, 1880. Congress afterward appropriated $1,000, on motion of Gen. Burnside, for the transfer of his remains to the cemetery at West Point, and to further the erection there of the fine monument which now stands to his memory.
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