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were there also. In a little while the Federal guns were silent, a loud noise of many voices was heard, and then a long, wild, piercing yell, as of ten thousand demons, and the place was ours. Pickett's brigade, of Ambrose Hill's division, always distinguished itself. Brigadier-General Pickett is a Virginian, but was appointed to West-Point as a cadet from Illinois. He entered the old service as Brevet Second Lieutenant Eighth Infantry, July first, 1846; was breveted Captain, September thirteenth, 1847, for meritorious services; and gazetted Captain Ninth Infantry, March third, 1855. He joined his mother State when it seceded, and has proved an excellent officer. Presently the enemy's artillery might be seen flashing from mounds and hillocks lower down the stream, rapidly throwing shell into the village; but suddenly ours flash from out the darkness not far from them, and the duel continues with much fierceness as Hill is reorganizing for another advance. While this was prog
portant duties; he desired to share in the dangers of the battle-field also, believing that the post of danger is the post of duty. He participated in the bloody battles of Molino del Rey and Chepultepec, and was so conspicuous for his gallantry and successful service in the latter battle, where he bravely led a gallant charge, that he received honorable mention from General Worth, and was made brevet first lieutenant, and subsequently brevet captain, the latter commission dating from September 13, 1847, the date of the last-named battle. Grant earned his reputation and his promotion in this Mexican campaign by his own solid abilities and actual achievements. He was unknown beyond his own regiment, was no pet at headquarters, and was not regarded by influential officers as a young man of great promise whom they desired to advance. Nor had he shown simply a temporary dash and enthusiasm, which at times are desirable on the battle-field, but are not always to be relied upon for goo
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Seymour, Thomas Hart 1808-1868 (search)
Seymour, Thomas Hart 1808-1868 Diplomatist; born in Hartford, Conn., in 1808; educated at the Partridge Military School, Middletown, Conn.; practised law in Hartford, Conn.; was editor of The Jeffersonian in 1837; judge of probate; and a member of Congress in 1843-45. He entered the Mexican War as major of the 9th Regiment; was promoted lieutenantcolonel, Aug. 12, 1847; and brevetted colonel, Sept. 13, 1847, for services at Chapultepec; was governor of Connecticut in 1850-53; and minister to Russia in 1853-57. He died in Hartford, Conn., Sept. 3, 1868.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
15, 1847 President Polk visits the Eastern States as far as Augusta, Me., and returns to Washington......July 7, 1847 Battles of Contreras and Churubusco......Aug. 20, 1847 Armistice granted the Mexicans by General Scott......from Aug. 21 to Sept. 7, 1847 Salt Lake City founded by the Mormons......1847 Battle of El Molino del Rey ( The King's Mill )......Sept. 8, 1847 Fortress of Chapultepec carried by storm, and the city of Mexico occupied by the United States troops. Sept. 13, 1847 Gen. Zachary Taylor returns to the United States......November, 1847 Thirtieth Congress, first session, assembles......Dec. 6, 1847 By resolution Congress authorizes the erection on public grounds in Washington of a monument to George Washington......Jan. 31, 1848 Treaty of peace, friendship, limits, claims, etc., between the United States and Mexico signed at Guadalupe Hidalgo......Feb. 2, 1848 John Quincy Adams, sixth President, dies at Washington, aged eighty-one......F
llant and meritorious behavior in the battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mexico, August 20th, 1847, to be Captain by brevet. To date from August 20th, 1847. 2. For gallant and meritorious conduct in the battle of Chapultepec, Mexico, September 13th, 1847, to be Major by brevet. To date from September 13th, 1847. And General Totten added: It affords the department high satisfaction to communicate to you the wellearned reward of your efforts on the fields of Mexico. In order toSeptember 13th, 1847. And General Totten added: It affords the department high satisfaction to communicate to you the wellearned reward of your efforts on the fields of Mexico. In order to show the high estimation in which Major Beauregard was held, and the impression his eminent services had produced upon his superior officers and comrades in arms, we here insert the following letters, written with a view to dissuade him from his reported intention of resigning from the service, in the year 1856, during the lull in military affairs which followed the close of the Mexican war: New York, Dec. 9th, 1856. Major G. T. Beauregard, U. S. Engineers: My dear Sir,—I am much co
Adj. General, March 3, 1847. Brevet Major, U. S. Army, June 11, 1847. Brevet Lieut. Colonel, Sept. 13, 1847. Captain, 1st Artillery, Oct. 29, 1848. Vacated, Oct. 29, 1848. Resigned, Feb. 21, 1853. tant, Jan. 1, 1846, to Oct. 1, 1849. Brevet First Lieutenant, Aug. 20, 1847. Brevet Captain, Sept. 13, 1847. Regimental Quartermaster, Oct. 1, 1849, to Nov. 16, 1854. First Lieutenant, 6th Infantry, J, July 1, 1839. First Lieutenant, July 1, 1840. Brevet Captain, Aug. 20, 1847. Brevet Major, Sept. 13, 1847. Resigned, Mar. 16, 1853. Colonel, 79th N. Y. Infantry, July 30, 1861. In the defences of45. Second Lieutenant, Mar. 3, 1847. Brevet First Lieutenant, Sept. 8, 1847. Brevet Captain, Sept. 13, 1847. First Lieutenant, ordnance, Feb. 26, 1853. Resigned, Nov. 17, 1856. Colonel, staff, Insp. Lieutenant, Corps of Engineers, Apr. 24, 1847. Brevet Captain, Aug. 20, 1847. Brevet Major, Sept. 13, 1847. Captain, Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1855. Chief engineer in the defence of Fort Pickens,
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Memorial services in Memphis Tenn., March 31, 1891. (search)
He continued in the service of the United States as soldier and topographical engineer; and in the war with Mexico participated in the seige of Vera Cruz, and the battles of Cerro Gordo, Contreras, Cherubusco, Molino del Rey, Chapultepec, and the storming of the City of Mexico; and was breveted major, lieutenant-colonel and colonel April 12, 1847, for gallant and meritorious conduct on reconnoitering duty at Cerro Gordo. He was severely wounded at Cerro Gordo and Chapultepec, where, September 13, 1847, he led a detachment of the storming forces, and General Scott reported that he was the first to plant regimental colors on the ramparts of the fortress. After the Mexican war he was returned to the rank of captain of topographical engineer, and served as chief of that body in the Department of Texas in 1852 and 1853, and acted as inspector-general on the expedition to Utah in 1858. June 30, 1860, he was commissioned quartermaster-general of the United States army, but resigned that p
mos. & 10 days. ‘Whom the gods love die early.’ This little seed of life and love, Lent to us for a day— This benediction from above, Now in the ground we lay. Phidelia Jane, died Dec. 30, 1848, aged 3 years. Martha D., died Jan. 13, 1849, aged 5 years & 10 mos. Children of Alfred B. & Hannah A. Chase. I took these little lambs, said he, And laid them in my breast; Protection they shall find in me, In me be ever blest. Sarah L. A., Daughter of Solomon & Sarah Story, died Sept. 13, 1847, Ae 1 yr. 10 mos. & 16 ds. Of such is the Kingdom of God. Otis H., son of Lowell and Caroline A. Goodridge, died May 10, 1851, aged 19 yrs. James Gaw, died July 16, 1851, aged 31 years. The memory of the just is blessed. William Farmileo, died Sep. 24, 1845, Ae 19. Donato Gherardi, died April 21, 1850, aged 52 years. Elizabeth, daughter of John J. & Annie McLearn, of Maitland, Nova Scotia, died April 8, 1855, aged 20 yrs. & 21 days. She was respected in life,<
Mercury says of Gen. Benjamin Hager, who has recently been placed in command of the Virginia forces at Norfolk: Gen. Hager his had all the advantages of a fist rite military education. Having entered the West Point Academy as a cadet in 1821, be graduated in June, 1825, and was detailed for service us Brevet Second Lieutenant, 3d Artillery 1st July of the same year, was made Captain of Ordnance 30th May, 1832--At the opening of hostilities with Mexico he was attached to Gen. Scott's Staff, as Chief of Ordnance of the Army in Mexico. For "gallant and meritorious conduct at the sere of Vera Cruz," 29th March, 1847, he was breveted Major. At the battle of Ed Molinadel Rev. he was breveted Lieutenant Colonel, for "gallant and meritorious conduct," 8th September, 1847. Again, on the bloody field of Caurubauses, 13th September, 1847, he was breveted Colonel, for his services. It is thought as soon as the Maryland Brigade is complete, he will assume the command at their request.
gentlemen, was about 35 years of age, and leaves a widow and an infant son. He entered West Point a cadet in 1841, was made Brevet Second Lieutenant, 3d infantry, in 1845. During the Mexican war he served with marked distinction, winning two brevets before the close of the war — that of 1st Lieutenant, "for gallant and meritorious conduct in the battle of Cerro Gordo, on the 18th April, 1847," in which he was wounded, and that of Captain, in the storming of Chepultepec, on the 13th of September, 1847, "for gallant and meritorious conduct." Since 1848 he acted as Adjutant, and rose to a full 1st Lieutenancy in March, 1851. His achievements, since that time, in wars among the Indians, were such as to attract towards him the attention of his State, and in his dying hand, on the field in which he fell, he grasped the sword which South Carolina had taken pride in presenting him. Few men of his age had attracted more attention in his profession, and such was his reputation,
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