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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1851

Vol. II
p463
1524

(Born N. Y.)

William D. Whipple

(Ap'd N. Y.)

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William Denison Whipple: Born Aug. 2, 1826, Nelson (Madison Co.), NY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1847, to p464July 1, 1851, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, July 1, 1851.

Served: in garrison at Newport Barracks, Ky., 1851‑52; and on frontier

(Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, Sep. 9, 1851)

duty at Camp Vigilance, N. M., 1852, — Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1852‑54, 1855‑57, — Gila Expedition, 1857, being engaged against the Apache

(First Lieut., 3d Infantry, Dec. 31, 1856, to May 14, 1861)

Indians in the Combat on the Gila River, N. M., June 27, 1857, — Ft. Defiance, N. M., 1858, — Navajo Expedition, 1858, being engaged in a Skirmish near Ft. Defiance, N. M., May 30, 1858, — Ft. Defiance, N. M., 1858‑59, — convoying wagon trains, 1859, — Ft. Defiance, N. M., 1859‑60, being engaged in its Defense, Apr. 30, 1860,a — San Antonio, Tex., 1860‑61, — Ft. Clark, Tex., 1861, — Ft. Duncan, Tex., 1861, — and on Quartermaster duty at Indianola, Tex., 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., May, 1861; as Asst. in the Adjutant-

(Bvt. Captain, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, May 11, 1861)

General's Office, May to July, 1861; as Asst. Adjutant-General of Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Hunter's Division in the Manassas Campaign of July, 1861, being engaged in the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861, — of the Department of Pennsylvania, July to Sep. 16, 1861, — and of the Department of

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, Aug. 3, 1861)

Virginia, Sep. 25, 1861, to June 1, 1862, — and of the Middle Department

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff — Additional Aide-de‑Camp, Feb. 10, 1862)

and 8th Army Corps, June 1, 1862, to Mar. 10, 1863; in command

(Major, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, July 17, 1862)

of the post of Philadelphia, Pa., Mar. 11 to July, 1863, and as Chief of Staff to Major-General Cadwalader, commanding, July 18‑30, 1863; in

(Brig‑General, U. S. Volunteers, July 17, 1863)

command of Second Division of Lehigh District, Pa., Jul. 31 to Sep. 21, 1863; as Asst. Adjutant-General of the Army and Department of the Cumberland, Nov. 12, 1863, and Chief of Staff, Dec. 5, 1863, to June 27, 1864; in Operations about Chattanooga, Nov. 12, 1863, to May 6, 1864, being engaged in the Battle of Missionary Ridge, Nov. 23‑25, 1863, — and Demonstration on Rocky-face Ridge, Feb. 20, 1864; in the Invasion of Georgia, May 6 to Sep. 27, 1864, being engaged in the Demonstration against Buzzard's Roost Gap, May 8‑11, 1864, — Battle of Resaca, May 15, 1864, — Action at Adairsville, May 17, 1864, — Battles and Skirmishes near New Hope Church, May 25 to June 6, 1864, — Battles and Skirmishes of Pine Top and Kenesaw Mountain, June 10 to July 3, 1864, — Combat of Peach Tree Creek, June 20, 1864, — Siege of Atlanta, July 22 to Sep. 2, 1864, — Assault of the enemy's intrenchments at Jonesborough, Sep. 1, 1864, — Assault at Lovejoy's Station, Sep. 2, 1864, — and Occupation of Atlanta, Sep. 8‑27, 1864; at Headquarters of the Department of the Cumberland, Oct., 1864, to June, 1865, being engaged in the Battle of Nashville, Dec. 15‑16, 1864, — and Pursuit of the Rebel Army under General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Hood, Dec. 16‑31, 1864; and as Asst. Adjutant-

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Bvt. Colonel, and Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Atlanta Campaign,
and in the Battles before Nashville, Ten.)

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Field during the Rebellion)

p465 General and Chief of Staff of the Military Division of the Tennessee, June 27, 1865, to Aug. 16, 1866.

Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Jan. 15, 1866.

Served: as Adjutant-General of the Department of the Tennessee, Aug. 16, 1866, to Mar. 16, 1867, — and of the Department of the Cumberland, Mar. 16, 1867, headquarters at Nashville, Ten., till Nov. 5, 1866,º and at Louisville, Ky., to May 8, 1869, — and of the Division of the Pacific, May 24, 1869, to June 15, 1870; as Assistant in the Adjutant-General's Office, Washington, D. C., Aug. 16, 1870, to Jan. 1, 1873; as

(Colonel, Staff — Aide-de‑Camp to the General-in‑Chief, Jan. 1, 1873)

Aide-de‑Camp and Asst. Adjutant-General to the General-in‑Chief, at Washington, D. C., Jan. 1, 1873, to Apr. 15, 1874, at St. Louis, Mo.,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, Mar. 3, 1875)

to Apr. 7, 1876, and at Washington, D. C., to May 1, 1878; and as Adjutant-General of the Division of the Missouri, May 1, 1878, to Oct. 1, 1881, — and of the Division of the Atlantic and Department of the East, Oct. 11, 1881, to [image ALT: an underscored blank].

Colonel, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, Feb. 28, 1887.

Vol. IV
p82
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Adjutant-General, Division of the Atlantic and Department of the East, to Aug. 2, 1890.

Retired from Active Service, he being 64 Years of Age, Aug. 2, 1890.

Vol. V
p74
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Retired officer. — Residence, New York, N. Y.

Died April 1, 1902, at New York, N. Y.: Aged 76.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

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


Thayer's Note:

a For the troubles at Fort Defiance, see the account in Ganoe, The History of the United States Army, pp245‑246.


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