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Laidley, Theodore Thaddeus Sobieski 1822-1886

Military officer; born in Guyandotte, Va., April 14, 1822; graduated at the United States Military Academy in 1842; served with distinction during the Mexican War. Just before the engagement at Cerro Gordo, with Lieut. Roswell S. Ripley, he was ordered to place an 8-inch howitzer in such a position as to enfilade the Mexicans from the right. This feat, though beset by many difficulties, was performed, and resulted in the surrender of the enemy. During the Civil War he served chiefly as an inspector of powder and ordnance; was promoted colonel in 1875. He was the author of Ordnance manual of 1861; Instructions in rifle practice, etc. He died in Palatka, Fla., April 4, 1886.

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