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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1839

Vol. I
p743
993

(Born N. Y.)

Franklin D. Callender

(Ap'd N. Y.)

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Franklin Dyer Callender: Born Feb. 27, 1817.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1835, to July 1, 1839, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Ordnance, July 1, 1839.

Second Lieut., Ordnance, Nov. 16, 1839.

Served: as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., 1839, 1840; in the Florida War, 1840‑42, 1842‑43; as Asst. Ordnance Officer

(Bvt. First Lieut., May 1, 1842, for Active and highly Meritorious Services in the War against the Florida Indians)

at Ft. Monroe Arsenal, Va., 1842, — and at Watervliet Arsenal, 1843‑44; in command of Detroit Arsenal, Mich., 1844‑46; in organizing Howitzer and Rocket Battery at Ft. Monroe Arsenal, Va., 1846; in the War with

(First Lieut., Ordnance, Mar. 3, 1847)

Mexico, 1847‑48, being engaged with Howitzer and Rocket Battery in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — and Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, where he

(Bvt. Capt., Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

was severely wounded (two wounds); on special duty at Washington, p744D. C., 1848; as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., 1848; in command of Detroit Arsenal, Mich., 1848‑51, — of Kennebec Arsenal, Me., 1851‑55, — and of Benicia Arsenal, Cal., 1856‑60; and on

(Captain, Ordnance, July 1, 1853, for Fourteen Years' Continuous Service)

Foundry duty, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in command of St. Louis Arsenal, Mo., 1861‑62; as Chief of Ordnance of the Department of the Missouri, Nov. 19, 1861, to Mar. 11, 1862, — and of

(Bvt. Major, Apr. 14, 1862, for Faithful and Meritorious Services in his Department)

the Department of the Mississippi, Mar. 11 to July 11, 1862; as Chief of Ordnance of the State of Missouri, being attached as Aide-de‑Camp on the Staff of the Governor, with the rank of Colonel, Dec. 2, 1861, to June 6, 1865; in the Campaign in Tennessee and Mississippi, Apr. 9 to July 2, 1862, being engaged in the Advance upon and Siege of Corinth, Mis., Apr. 9-May 30, 1862; as Chief of Ordnance of the Department of

(Major, Ordnance, Mar. 3, 1863)

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Mar. 13, 1865, for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Siege of Corinth, Miss.)

(Bvt. Colonel, Mar. 13, 1865, for Faithful and Meritorious Services in the Ordnance Department at St. Louis, Mo.)

(Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Apr. 9, 1865, for Faithful and Meritorious Services in the Ordnance Department)

the Missouri, and in command of St. Louis Arsenal, Mo., July 11, 1862, to Aug. 12, 1866.a

Lieut.‑Colonel, Ordnance, Apr. 6, 1866.

Served: in command of St. Louis Arsenal, Mo., Aug. 12, 1866, to July 17, 1870, being Chief of Ordnance of the Division of the Missouri, Jan. 28, 1867, to May 24, 1870, — of Washington Arsenal, D. C., July 21, 1870, to Sep. 25, 1875, — and Augusta Arsenal, Ga., Oct. 22, 1875, to

(Colonel, Ordnance, June 23, 1874)

May 29, 1879; and as Member of Board upon Saddle Ambulance, Feb. 16 to Mar. 5, 1875, — and of Examination Board of Ordnance Officers for promotion, Apr., 1875; on leave of absence, Aug. 29 to Sept. 28, 1870, Aug. 10 to Oct. 1, 1871, May 21 to June 18, 1873, Sep. 20 to Oct. 18, 1873, May 27 to June 26, 1876, Sep. 9 to Oct. 24, 1876, and Aug. 15 to Oct. 4, 1877.

Retired from Active Service, May 29, 1879, he being over 62 Years of Age.

Died, Dec. 13, 1882, at Daysville, Ill.: Aged 66.

Buried, Fayetteville Cemetery, Fayetteville, NY.


Thayer's Note:

a Among his ordnance work during this period, the siting of Rock Island Arsenal ("Rock Island and the Rock Island Arsenal", J. Ill. S. H. S. 33:330).


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