(1825–67) Union army officer, born in Granville, Ohio. Griffin was considered one of the outstanding soldiers of the Army of the Potomac, despite an unpleasant personality and actions that kept him from rising to corps command until late in the war. He commanded a division at Fredericksburg (1862), Chancellorsville (1863), and the Wilderness (1864) and throughout the Richmond and Petersburg campaigns (1864). Before the Civil War Griffin served during the Mexican War (1846–48) and on the frontier. He died during a yellow fever epidemic in Galveston, where he was in temporary command of the 5th Military District.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.