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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1846

Vol. II
p282
1305

(Born Pa.)

James Oakes

(Ap'd Pa.)

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Born Apr. 4, 1826, Limestoneville, PA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1842, to July 1, 1846, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, July 1, 1846.

Served: in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Chihuahua Expedition, 1846, — Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, —

(Bvt. First Lieut., Mar. 25, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Affair at Medellin, near Vera Cruz, Mex.)

a Skirmish at Medellin, Mar. 25, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco,

(Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, July 29, 1847)

Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — Operations before and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 12‑14, 1847, — and as Adjutant,

(Bvt. Capt., Sep. 8, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Molino del Rey, Mex.)

2d Dragoons, April to Nov. 1, 1847; as Quartermaster, 2d Dragoons, Nov. 1, 1847, to Aug. 15, 1849; in garrison at East Pascagoula, Mis., 1848; on frontier duty, on March through Texas, 1848, — Austin, Tex., 1848‑49, — Ft. Graham, Tex., 1849, — Austin, Tex., 1849, — Ft. Lincoln, Tex., 1849‑50, — Scouting, 1850, being engaged against Comanche Indians in Skirmishes between the Nueces and Rio Grande, Tex., July 11 and Aug. 12, 1850, and in the latter was severely wounded (two wounds); on Recruiting service, 1850‑52; on frontier duty at Ft. Mason,

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, June 30, 1851)

Tex., 1852‑53, — and Ft. Terrett, Tex., 1853; on Coast Survey, Sep. 29, 1853, to Apr. 4, 1854; on sick leave of absence, 1854; in garrison at Jefferson

(Captain, 2d Cavalry, Mar. 3, 1855)

Barracks, Mo., 1855; on Recruiting service, 1855; on frontier p283duty at Ft. Mason, Tex., 1856, — Scouting, 1856, being engaged in a Skirmish near the South Fork of the Llano River, Tex., Feb. 17, 1856, — Ft. Mason, Tex., 1856, — Scouting, 1856, being engaged in a Skirmish near the source of Concha River, Tex., May 2, 1856, — and Pursuit and Surprise of three parties of Indians near the mouth of the Pecos River, Aug. 30, 1856, — Ft. Clark, Tex., 1856‑58, — Scouting, 1858, — and San Antonio, Tex., 1858; on sick leave of absence, 1858‑60; and on frontier duty at Ft. Inge, Tex., 1860‑61.

Major, 2d Cavalry, Apr. 6, 1861: 5th Cavalry, Aug. 3, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: on Mustering duty at Wheeling, Va., May 3 to Sep. 12, 1861; in the Defenses

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, May 17, 1861: Declined)

of Washington, D. C., commanding regiment, Sep. 26, 1861, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 4th Cavalry, Nov. 12, 1861)

Jan. 14, 1862; in the Tennessee and Mississippi Campaign, commanding Regiment (Army of the Ohio), Feb. to June, 1862, — March to Pittsburg Landing, Mar.‑Apr., 1862, — Battle of Shiloh, Apr. 7, 1862, — and Advance upon and Siege of Corinth, Apr. 9 to May 30, 1862; on leave of absence, June 19 to Sep., 1862; in command of Regiment (Army of the Mississippi), Sep.‑Oct., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Corinth, Mis., Oct. 3‑4, 1862; on Mustering and Disbursing duty at Jackson, Mich., Oct. 11, 1862, to Apr. 29, 1863; as Acting Asst. Provost Marshal General for the State of Illinois, at Springfield, Ill., Apr. 29 to Sep. 30, 1866; as Superintendent of Volunteer Recruiting Service, and Chief Mustering and Disbursing Officer of the State of Illinois, Sep. 18, 1863, to

(Bvt. Colonel, and Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 30, 1865,
for Meritorious and Faithful Service
in the Recruitment of the Armies of the United States)

Sep. 30, 1866; and in command of the District of Illinois, Sep. 22, 1865, to July 31, 1866.

Colonel, 6th Cavalry, July 31, 1866.

Served: on leave of absence, Sep. 30, 1866, to Jan. 20, 1867; in command of regiment at Austin, Tex., Feb. 1, 1867, to Apr. 4, 1868; as Member of Court Martial and of Inquiry, Apr. 4, 1868, to Mar. 30, 1869; in command of regiment and Ft. Richardson, Apr. 16, 1869, to Mar. 20, 1871, — and Ft. Hays, Kan., June 8 to Dec. 13, 1871; on leave of absence, Dec. 13, 1871, to Nov. 12, 1872; in command of regiment in Kansas, Nov. 12, 1872, to Feb. 18, 1875; on sick leave of absence, Feb. 18 to Oct. 31, 1875; as Member of Court of Inquiry to Dec. 24, 1875; in command of regiment and Camp Lowell, Ara., Feb. 29 to Oct. 9, 1876; on sick leave of absence, Oct. 9, 1876, to June, 1878; in command of regiment and Camp Lowell, Ara., Oct. 21 to May 12, 1879.

Retired from Active Service at his own Request, Apr. 29, 1879,
having Served over 30 Years.

Vol. IV
p68
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Retired officer. — Post-office address, care N. Holmes & Sons, Bankers, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Vol. V
p63
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Retired officer. — Residence, Washington, D. C.

Vol. VI
p51
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Born April 4, 1826.)

Military History. —

Colonel, 6th Cavalry, July 31, 1866.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, April 29, 1879,
at His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Died Nov. 27, 1910, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 84.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1911.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.


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