Gershom Mott


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(1822–84) Union army officer with a New Jersey regiment, born in Lamberton (now part of Trenton), New Jersey. He first distinguished himself at Williamsburg during the Peninsular campaign (1862) and subsequently led a regiment through the battle of Seven Pines (1862). He was seriously wounded at Second Bull Run (1862) and again at Chancellorsville (1863). At the battle of the Wilderness (1864) he commanded a division, but it broke and ran for the rear, as it did again at Spotsylvania (1864). Briefly demoted to brigade command, Mott gained recognition for his performance in again leading a division at the battle of the Crater (1864); he continued in command of the division throughout the Petersburg siege (1864–65). Mott resigned from the army in 1866.

From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

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