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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1869

Vol. III

(Born Me.)

James E. Porter

(Ap'd Me.)


James Ezekiel Porter: Born Jan. 12, 1846, Strong, ME.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1864, to June 15, 1869, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 7th Cavalry, June 15, 1869.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Oct., 1869, to April, 1870, — Ft. Wallace, Kan., to June, 1870, — Scouting, to Oct. 1870, — and Ft. Harker, Kan., to Mar., 1871; in garrison at Chester, S. C., to June, 1871, — Rutherfordton, N. C., to Mar., 1872, — Lincolnton,

(First Lieut., 7th Cavalry, Mar. 1, 1872)

N. C., to July, 1872, — Shelbyville, Ky., to Dec., 1872, — Lebanon, Ky., to Mar., 1873, — and Louisville, Ky., and Ft. Snelling, Min., to June, 1873; Escorting Northern Boundary Survey, to Oct., 1873; on frontier duty at Ft. Lincoln, Dak., to Jan., 1874, — Ft. Totten, Dak., to May, 1874, — Escorting Northern Boundary Survey, to Sep., 1874, — Ft. Totten, Dak., to Apr., 1875, — Ft. Lincoln, Dak., to May, 1876, — and on Sioux Expedition, to June 25, 1876, being engaged in the Action of the Little Big Horn, Mon., where he was

Killed, June 25, 1876: Aged 29.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1877, for an obituary notice.º

Lt. Porter's body was never recovered.b

Thayer's Notes:

a Lt. Porter's full name is from List of Cadets admitted into the United States Military Academy, West Point, N. Y., from its Origin till September 1, 1886 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1887). His birth data are from Norwich University, 1819-1911: Her History, Her Graduates, Her Roll of Honor, compiled and edited by William Arba Ellis (Vol. 3, 1867‑1915, p111).

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b Details, including of what may have been Lt. Porter's last moments, are given on his page at Find-a‑Grave with much additional information and a photograph of his cenotaph marker on the battlefield where he fell.

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