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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1866

Vol. III
p75
2146

(Born Va.)

J. Scott Payne

(Ap'd Mo.)

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John Scott Payne: Born Dec. 7, 1844, Fauquier, VA.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1862, to June 18, 1866, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 5th Cavalry, June 18, 1866.

Served: in garrison at Washington, D. C., Oct. 2, 1866, to Apr. 26, 1867, — Montgomery, Ala., May, 1867, to July 30, 1867, — Demopolis,

(First Lieut., 5th Cavalry, May 23, 1867)

Ala., to Sep. 16, 1867, — Nashville, Ten., Sep., 1867, to Feb., 1868, — Knoxville, Ten., Feb. 29 to June 11, 1868, — and Nashville, Ten., June 13 to Sep. 12, 1868.

Resigned, Sep. 12, 1868.

Civil History. — Counselor at Law, Knoxville, Ten., 1868‑70, and 1870‑73. Editor of the "Rogersville (Ten.) Journal," June to Oct., 1870; and of "Knoxville (Ten.) Whig and Register," Oct. to Dec., 1871. U. S. Commissioner for U. S. Circuit Court, District of East Tennessee, 1871‑73.

Military History. — Served: on sick leave of absence, Feb. 3, to

(Second Lieut., 6th Cavalry, Feb. 3, 1873)

p76 Sep. 29, 1873; on frontier duty at Ft. Lyon, Col., Oct. 15, 1873, to Oct., 1874, except while Scouting, May‑June, 1874, and on Expedition to Indian Territory, Aug.‑Sep., 1874, being engaged, Aug. 30, 1874, with

(First Lieut., 5th Cavalry, Aug. 15, 1874,
by Law of June 23, 1874)

Cheyenne Indians, — Camp McDowell, Ara., Feb. 2 to Apr. 20, 1875, — Ft. Dodge, Kan. to July 17, 1876, — Big Horn and Yellowstone Expeditions,

(Captain, 5th Cavalry, June 4, 1875)

to Oct. 24, 1876, being engaged in the Combat of Slim Buttes, Dak., Sep. 9‑10, 1876, — Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy., Nov. 2, 1876, to Jan. 6, 1878, except while on Wind River Expedition against Nez Percés Indians, Sep., 1877, — Ft. Fred Steele, Wy., Mar. 4, 1878 (leave of absence, to June 5, 1878), — Scouting, to Oct., 1878, — and Ft. Laramie, Wy. to Dec. 18, 1878; on sick leave of absence, Dec. 18, 1878, to Aug. 3, 1879; on frontier duty at Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy., Aug. 22 to Sep. 20, 1879, — Expedition to Milk River Agency, Col., to Oct. 19, 1879, being engaged in the Action of Milk Creek, Sep. 29, 1879,b where he was wounded and for his gallant conduct was complimented by the Commanding General of the Department, and received the Thanks of the Wyoming Legislature, — Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy. (witness at Washington, D. C., before Congressional Committee on Indian Affairs, Jan. 27 to Feb. 26, 1880), to Apr. 6, 1880, — Ft. Niobrara, Neb., to Aug. 10, 1882, — Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy., to Nov. 12, 1882, — Ft. Sidney, Neb., to July 23, 1883, — Ft. Robinson, Neb., to July 8, 1884 (sick leave of absence, to June 26, 1885), — Ft. Riley, Kan., to Aug. 20, 1885, — and Ft. Supply, I. T., to Oct. 16, 1885; and on sick leave, to Apr. 24, 1886.

Retired from Active Service, Apr. 24, 1886,
for Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Vol. IV
p164
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Retired officer. — Member of the Board of Pension Appeals, 1894‑95.

Died Dec. 16, 1895, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 51.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1896, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Warrenton Cemetery, Warrenton, VA.


Thayer's Notes:

a His full name is from his tombstone in Warrenton Cemetery (linked to above); his date and place of birth are from "The Paynes of Virginia", Col. Brooke Payne, U. S. A. (ret.), 1872‑1938, C. J. Carrier Co., Harrisonburg, VA, 1977, 2nd ed., as cited on a Mathews-Williams Family Genealogy webpage.

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b Ganoe, The History of the United States Army, p351.


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