Just weeks after the bombardment of Fort Sumter, Adelbert Ames graduated from West Point and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After finding success as an artillery officer, Ames switched to the infantry, served as the aide-de-camp for Gen. George Meade, and led a division during Gettysburg. After the war, he was appointed provisional governor of Mississippi, and even though he was labeled a "carpetbagger," he was elected to be a U.S. senator and later, again governor.
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