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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1853

Vol. II

(Born Ten.)

Henry B. Davidson

(Ap'd Ten.)


Henry Brevard Davidson: Born Jan. 28, 1831.

Military History. — Cadet​1 at the Military Academy, July 1, 1848, to July 1, 1853, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Dragoons, July 1, 1853.

Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1853; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1853‑54; on frontier duty at Ft. Union, N. M., 1854, — Albuquerque, N. M., 1854‑55, — Scouting, 1855,

(Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Jan. 20, 1855)

being engaged with Apache Indians in a Skirmish on Peñasco River, N. M., Jan. 18, 1855, — Ft. Stanton, N. M., 1855, — Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1855‑56, — Ft. Dalles, Or., 1856, — Oregon Hostilities, 1856, being engaged in a Skirmish, Mar. 27, 1856, — Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., 1856‑57, — San Francisco, Cal., 1857‑58, — and Ft. Walla Walla, Wash.,

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Nov. 30, 1856)

1858; on Spokane Expedition, 1858, being engaged in the Combat of the Four Lakes, Sep. 1, 1858, — Combat on Spokane Plains, Sep. 5, 1858, — and Skirmish on Spokane River, Sep. 8, 1858; as Quartermaster, 1st Dragoons, Dec. 6, 1858, to May 13, 1861, — at Ft. Tejon, Cal., 1858‑60, — San Francisco, Cal., 1860‑61, — and Ft. Tejon, Cal., 1861; and on

(Captain, 1st Dragoons, May 13, 1861)

leave of absence, 1861, at the expiration of which, having failed to report for duty, he was

Dropped, July 30, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — Deputy Sheriff, New Orleans, La., 1866‑67. Inspector of U. S. Public Works at San Pedro, Cal., 1878‑86. Deputy Secretary of State of California, since 1887.

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

Civil History. — In the service of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company since 1890. — Post-office address, Danville, Contra Costa County, Cal.

[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Vol. V
Died March 4, 1899, at Danville, Cal.: Aged 68.

Buried, Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA.

The Author's Note:

1 Received his appointment as Cadet, for his gallant services as a Sergeant of Tennessee Volunteers, at the Battle of Monterey, Mex., Sep. 21‑23, 1846.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: a brief summary of his career as a Confederate general is provided by the Find-a‑Grave page linked above.

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