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Joseph Bloomfield Leake

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Years of service  1861-1865
Education  Miami University
Name  Joseph Leake
Battles/wars  American Civil War

Joseph Bloomfield Leake
Born  April 1, 1828 Deerfield, New Jersey (1828-04-01)
Rank  Brevet Brigadier General
Other work  U.S. District Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois
Died  June 1, 1918, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Place of burial  Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport, Iowa, United States
Service/branch  United States Army, Union Army
Allegiance  United States of America, Union

Battles and wars  American Civil War

Joseph Bloomfield Leake (April 1, 1828 – June 1, 1918) was an attorney and an Iowa State Senator who entered the Union Army during the American Civil War. He became a Brevet Brigadier General before the war was over. After the war he became the U.S. District Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago.


Early Life And Career

Leake was born in Deerfield, New Jersey, and later moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Miami University in 1846 and then studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1850 and set up a practice in Davenport, Iowa. Leake was elected to the Iowa Senate and served during the war session of 1861.

Military Service

Leake resigned his seat in the state senate and became a captain of Company G of the 20th Iowa Infantry. He was commissioned a Lieutenant Colonel when the regiment was organized at Camp Kirkwood in Clinton, Iowa. He led the regiment at Prairie Grove, Vicksburg, Yazoo City, and Port Hudson. On September 29, 1863 in an engagement called the Battle of Stirling's Plantation near Morganza, Louisiana Leake was injured and captured by the Confederates. He was held prisoner at Camp Ford near Tyler, Texas. He was the highest ranking Union officer in the camp and he looked after the needs of the other Union POW’s.

He was released from Camp Ford in a prisoner exchange in July 1864. Some of the soldiers from the 19th Iowa Infantry presented Leake with a new sword to replace the one he lost when he was taken prisoner. He returned to his regiment and participated in the capture of Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan near Mobile, Alabama. On March 13, 1865 he was awarded the rank of Brevet Brigadier General. The following month Leake led his regiment during the Battle of Fort Blakely in Alabama.

Later life and death

After the war Leake returned to Davenport and was re-elected to the Iowa Senate. He moved to Chicago in 1871 and was appointed the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. On September 21, 1887 he was elected the attorney for the Chicago Board of Education. He was a member of the Ulysses S. Grant Post #28 of the Grand Army of the Republic and served as State Commander of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States from 1894 to 1895.

Leake was married twice. His first wife was Cordellia Scott and he married his second wife, Mary P. Hill, on December 9, 1865. He had no children. Leake died in Chicago and was buried in Oakdale Cemetery in Davenport.


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