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Highest Ranking Officer to Die?

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There is a staue to General James McPherson in Clyde, Ohio. According to a nearby maker, "General McPherson was the highest ranking officer killed in action during the Civil War." Maybe ... if they are talking Union. But wouldn't Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of the Confederate Army of Mississippi, be the correct answer?

Respectfully,

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Mike,

You would be correct, General Albert Sidney Johnston would be the highest ranking officer killed in combat, not only in the Civil War but in the entire history of the United States.  Therefore, there must be limitations to the statement of General McPherson's death as he was the highest ranking union officer killed in combat.

Ron

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