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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. (G. P. O., Washington, D. C., 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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