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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1840

Vol. II
p57
1055

(Born D. C.)

William B. Johns

(Ap'd D. C.)

39

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1835, to July 1, 1840, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 8th Infantry, July 1, 1840.

Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, Nov. 18, 1840.

Served: in the Florida War, 1840‑42; in garrison at Ft. Brooke, Fla., 1842‑43, — Ft. Stansbury, Fla., 1843, — and Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1843‑44; on frontier duty at Ft. Jesup (Camp Wilkins), La., 1844, 1845;

(First Lieut., 3d Infantry, Nov. 26, 1845)

in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — and Battle p58of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846; on Recruiting service, 1846‑47; in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48, being engaged in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of Ocalaca, Aug. 16, 1847, —

(Bvt. Captain, Aug. 18, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Mex.)

Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, — and Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; in garrison at East Pascagoula,

(Captain, 3d Infantry, Dec. 4, 1847)

Mis., 1848; on frontier duty at San Antonio, Tex., 1848‑49, — March to El Paso, 1849‑50, — Ft. Bliss, Tex., 1850, — San Elizario, Tex., 1850‑51, — Ft. Bliss, Tex., 1851, — Ft. Conrad, N. M., 1851, — Albuquerque, N. M., 1851, — Ft. Defiance, N. M., 1851‑52, — Camp Vigilance, N. M., 1852, — and Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1853‑56; in garrison at New York harbor, 1856‑59; on frontier duty at Ft. Defiance, N. M., 1859, — Expedition against Tuni-cha Navajo Indians, Nov. 1859, — Ft. Defiance, N. M., 1859‑60, being engaged, Apr. 30, 1860, in the defense of that work against the Navajo Indians, — March to Texas, 1860, — Ringgold Barracks, Tex., 1860‑61, — Ft. Clark, Tex., 1861, — and Ft. Brown, Tex., 1861; and in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1861.

Dropped, Apr. 11, 1861,

for "having declined the command of his company, when ordered on a particular service" (to proceed to Ft. Pickens, Fla.). He, however, did not join in the Rebellion against the United States. Residence, Georgetown, D. C.

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
p55
Died Oct. 19, 1894, at Georgetown, D. C.: Aged 77.a


Thayer's Note:

a At Find-a‑Grave there is a page recording the burial of a "Capt. William B. Johns" at Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D. C., his death having occurred on Oct. 18, 1894. This is of course almost certainly our man — the death dates in Cullum's Register are often off by one or two days (my surmise is that he relied on newspaper reports with interment dates rather than death dates) — but the Find-a‑Grave page includes nothing to help in the identification, and in fact no other information.


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