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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1846

Vol. II
p295
1317

(Born N. Y.)

John D.a Wilkins

(Ap'd Pa.)

46

John Darragh Wilkins: Born Jan. 20, 1826, Pittsburgh, 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., 4th Infantry, July 1, 1846.

Served: in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Siege

(Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, Dec. 31, 1846)

of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of Ocalaca, Aug. 16, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — Storming

(Bvt. First Lieut., Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, — and Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; in garrison at East Pascagoula, Mis., 1848; on frontier duty at San Antonio, Tex., 1849, — San Elizario, Tex., 1849‑50, — Ft. Bliss, Tex., 1850‑51, — San Elizario, Tex., 1851, — Ft.

(First Lieut., 3d Infantry, Nov. 10, 1851)

Fillmore, N. M., 1851‑52, — Ft. Bliss, Tex., 1852, — Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1852‑53, 1854‑55, — Albuquerque, N. M., 1855, — and Ft. Stanton, N. M., 1855‑56; as Adjutant, 3d Infantry, Jan. 19, 1856, to May 1, 1860, — at Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1856, — Santa Fé, N. M., 1856‑57, — Albuquerque, N. M., 1857‑58, — and Santa Fé, N. M., 1858‑60; as Acting Asst. Adjutant-General, Department of New Mexico, Sep. 16, 1858, to May 1, 1860; on Recruiting service, 1860‑61; in garrison at Ft. Hamilton,

(Captain, 3d Infantry, Apr. 11, 1861)

N. Y., 1861; and on Recruiting service, 1861‑62.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1862‑66: in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., Feb.‑Mar., 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5-May 4, 1862, — Operations before Richmond, June 25-July 1, 1862, — and Battle of Malvern Hill

(Bvt. Major, July 1, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Malvern Hill, Va.)

p296 (commanding Regiment), July 1, 1862; in the Northern Virginia Campaign, Aug.‑Sep., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Manassas, Aug. 29‑30, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign, in command of 3d Infantry (Army of the Potomac), Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, — and March to Falmouth, Va., Oct.‑Nov., 1862; in the Rappahannock Campaign, commanding 3d Infantry (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, to May, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862, — and Battle of Chancellorsville,

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., May 3, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, Va.)

May 2‑4, 1863; on Recruiting service, May, 1863, to Oct., 1864; in the Richmond Campaign, in command of Regiment (Army of

(Major, 15th Infantry, May 6, 1864)

the Potomac), Feb. to Apr., 1865, being engaged in the Siege and Assaults of Petersburg, Mar. 25 to Apr. 2, 1865; in command of Regiment in the Department of the Cumberland, Apr. to Aug., 1865, — and in the Department of Alabama, Aug. 18 to Oct. 26, 1865; and as Provost Marshal of the District of Mobile, Ala., Oct. 26, 1865, to July 9, 1866.

Served: in garrison at Macon, Ga., Aug. 11, 1866, to Jan. 13,

(Transferred to 33d Infantry, Sep. 21, 1866)

1867, — and at Dahlonega, Ga., Jan. 13, 1867, to Aug. 9, 1868 (leave of

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff — Asst. Inspector-General, June 13, 1867)

absence, May 20 to Aug. 31, 1867), — Mobile, Ala., to June 1, 1869, —

(Transferred to 8th Infantry, Mar. 15, 1869)

Macon, N. C., to Feb. 17, 1870, — Columbia, S. C., Feb. 25 to Oct., 1870, — David's Island, N. Y., to Nov., 1871, — and Chicago, Ill., Nov. 3, 1871, to May 3, 1872; on frontier duty at Beaver, Utah, May 25, 1872,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 8th Infantry, Feb. 19, 1873)

to July 10, 1874, — in command of regiment, Jan. 26 to Nov. 2, 1874, — and Ft. Whipple, Ara., July 14 to Nov. 2, 1874; at headquarters, Department of Arizona, to May 19, 1875, and as Chief Signal Officer of Department of Arizona, to Apr. 10, 1876; in command of Ft. Whipple, Ara., Apr. 16, 1876, to Dec. 2, 1877, and Acting Chief Signal Officer of Department of Arizona, Oct. 11 to Dec. 21, 1876; on Detached Service to Santa Fé, N. M., Dec. 2, 1877, to Jan. 3, 1878; on frontier duty at Ft. Whipple, Ara., to July 31, 1878, — and Camp McDermitt, Nev., Aug. 21 to Oct. 2, 1878; on leave of absence, Oct. 13, 1878, to May 9, 1879; in command of Ft. Bidwell, Cal., to Mar. 16, 1880, — of Benicia Barracks, Cal., to Mar. 16, 1882, and casually there to May 11, 1882; on leave of

(Colonel, 5th Infantry, June 22, 1882)

absence, to Oct. 28, 1882; in command of Regiment and Ft. Keogh, Mon., Nov. 8, 1882, to Sep. 28, 1884; on leave of absence, to Nov. 6, 1884; in command of Regiment and Ft. Keogh, Mon., to Aug. 1, 1886.

Retired from Active Service, Aug. 1, 1886, he being 64 Years of Age.

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

Military History. — Retired officer.

Died Feb. 20, 1900, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 77.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1902, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.


Thayer's Note:

a His middle name is given in the Register only in the Supplement, Vol. V: as Dariah. It seems in fact to have been Darragh.


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