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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1865

Vol. III

(Born Pa.)

Reuben W. Petrikin

(Ap'd at Large)


Reuben Winslow Petrikin: Born Jan. 23, 1843, Benezette, PA.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1861, to June 23, 1865, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, June 23, 1865.

Transferred to 1st Artillery, Sept. 23, 1865.

Served: in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., Oct. 11‑15, 1865, — and Ft. Schuyler, N. Y., Oct. 16, 1865, to June 2, 1866; on Canada frontier, to prevent Fenian Raids, June 2‑14, 1866; as Assistant Engineer in the

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Feb. 1, 1866)

(Transferred, June 2, 1866, to Rank as First Lieut.,
Corps of Engineers, Feb. 28, 1866)

construction of Ft. Popham, Me., June 16, 1866, to Apr., 1867, — and in Expedition against hostile Indians on the Plains, June 1 to Oct. 1, 1867; on frontier duty at Omaha, Neb., Oct., 1867; on leave of absence to Jan. 20, 1868; as Chief Engineer of the Department of the Platte, to Dec. 15, 1868; and on leave of absence to Feb. 15, 1869.

Resigned, Feb. 15, 1869.

Civil History. — Lumbering, Mining, and Engineering, 1869‑80. Chief Engineer of the International Railroad from Laredo to the city of Mexico, 1881‑82.

Murdered by Indians, Oct. 15, 1882,
in the Sierra Madre Mountains, near Dolores, Mex.: Aged 40.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1883, for an obituary notice.º

Buried, Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven, PA.

Thayer's Note:

a His birthdate is from his tombstone, q.v.; his full name and place of birth are widely reported online as given above, but I've been unable to find a reliable source for them.

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