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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1858

Vol. II

(Born Mo.)

Samuel McKee

(Ap'd Utah)


Samuel F. McKee: Born June 18, 1829,a1 Pittsburg, PA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1854, to July 1, 1858, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Mounted Riflemen, July 1, 1858.

Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1858‑60;

(Transferred to 1st Dragoons, June 22, 1859)

and on frontier duty, conducting Recruits to California, 1860, — Ft. Tejon, Cal., 1860‑61, — and as Adjutant, 1st Dragoons, Aug. 7 to Nov. 14, 1861,

(Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Jan. 9, 1860)

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, May 7, 1861: 1st Cavalry, Aug. 3, 1861)

at Los Angeles, Cal.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑64: in the

(Captain, 1st Cavalry, Nov. 14, 1861)

Defense of Washington, D. C., Jan. to Mar., 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to June, 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — and Battle of Mechanicsville, May 5, 1862; on leave of absence, June 1 to Aug. 2, 1862, in order to accept the Colonelcy of the 77th N. Y. Volunteers; in the Maryland Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Sep.‑Oct., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of South Mountain, Sep. 14, 1862, — Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, — and Skirmish of Shepardstown, Sep. 19, 1862; on leave of absence, Oct. 11 to Nov. 3, 1862; in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, to June, 1863, being engaged in "Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Stoneman's Raid" on Richmond, Va., Apr. 29 to May 8, 1863, — and Combat of Beverly Ford, June 9, 1863; in the Pennsylvania Campaign (Army of the Potomac), June‑July, 1863, being engaged in the Skirmishes at Middleburg, June 20, and Upperville, June 21,  p705 1863, — Battle of Gettysburg, July 1‑3, 1863, — and several Skirmishes, July, 1863; on Special service with General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Ayres at New York city, Aug. 23, 1863, to Jan. 14, 1864; on sick leave of absence, Jan. 14 to Feb. 3, 1864; on Picket duty and making Reconnoissances on the Rapidan, Feb. 3 to Mar. 26, 1864, being engaged in a Skirmish at Banks' Ford, Feb. 29, 1864; on leave of absence, Mar.‑Apr., 1864; in the Richmond Campaign (Army of the Potomac), May‑June, 1864, being engaged in the Action of Todd's Tavern, May 7, 1864, — Capture of Spottsylvania C. H., May 8, 1864, — "Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Sheridan's Raid" to Haxall's Landing, and returning to New Castle, with constant Skirmishes, May 9‑29, 1864, — and Battle of Cold Harbor, May 31 to June 1, 1864, where he was Mortally Wounded, and

Died of Wounds, June 3, 1864: Aged 29.a2

Thayer's Note:

a1 a2 The birthdate I give is that on his tombstone. It is at variance, by several years, with the date implied by his age at death as given in the Register. For once, it's the Register that I trust more than the tombstone, since the date on the latter would have made him twenty-five years old on entering the Academy — then as now, too old by several years. On the other hand, it wouldn't be the first time a person had obscured their true age to advance their military career, although this case would be unusual in that we almost always see them give themselves out as older, not younger, than they really are.

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