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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1848

Vol. II

(Born Ky.)

Benjamin D. Forsythe

(Ap'd Ill.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1844, to July 1, 1848, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, July 1, 1848.

Served: on frontier duty at San Antonio, Tex., 1848; in garrison at

(Second Lieut., 4th Infantry, Oct. 8, 1848)

Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1849, — Ft. Howard, Wis., 1849‑52, — and Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1852; en route to California, 1852‑53;a on frontier duty at Ft. Dalles, Or., 1853‑54; as Adjutant 4th Infantry, June 12,

(First Lieut., 4th Infantry, Mar. 27, 1854)

1854, to Sep. 1, 1855; on frontier duty at Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1854‑55, — and Ft. Dalles, Or., 1855‑56; on Recruiting Service 1856‑58; on frontier duty at Ft. Yamhill, Or., 1858‑60; and on sick leave of absence, 1860‑61.

Died, Jan. 31, 1861, at Port Jarvis, N. Y.: Aged 34.

Thayer's Note:

a The bland listing of posts in this career summary, as often in the Register, conceals far more than it tells. The story of the exceedingly unpleasant removal of the 4th Infantry from Fort Columbus, NY to Benicia, CA is given in detail by James A. Leyden in A Historical Sketch of the Fourth Infantry, pp18‑19.

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