Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Beatty, John (soldier)

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BEATTY, John, soldier, b. near Sandusky, Ohio, 16 Sept., 1828. He received a common-school education and entered on a business career in a banking-house at an early age. He took an active part in public affairs, and was identified with the free-soil party until it was merged with the republicans. In 1860 he was a republican presidential elector. In 1861 he enlisted as a private in the 3d Ohio infantry, and was appointed successively captain and lieutenant-colonel. He took part in the early western Virginia campaigns, became colonel in 1862, and commanded a brigade in the three days' fight at Stone river, 31 Dec., 1862, to 2 Jan., 1863. In 1863 he was commissioned brigadier-general and served through the Tennessee and Chattanooga campaigns. He was elected to the fortieth congress for the unexpired term of a deceased member, and was twice re-elected. In 1884 he was a republican presidential elector at large. In 1885-'6 he was a member of the board of state charities. He has written “The Citizen Soldier” (Cincinnati, 1876) and “The Belle o' Becket's Lane” (Philadelphia, 1882).