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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1839

Vol. II

(Born Md.)

Garrett Barry

(Ap'd Md.)


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

Second Lieut., 1st Infantry, July 1, 1839.

Served: in the Florida War, 1839‑40; in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., 1841; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, June 20, 1841, to Sep. 30, 1842; on frontier duty at Ft. Snelling,

(First Lieut., 1st Infantry, Jan. 31, 1844)

Min., 1842‑44, — Ft. Crawford, Wis., 1844‑45, — and Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1845‑46; and in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, — being engaged in the Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, 1846.

Resigned, Mar. 31, 1847.

Civil History. — Merchant, Milwaukee, Wis., 1847‑51. Superintendent of construction of Milwaukee Custom House, Wis., 1857‑60. Captain, Wisconsin Militia, 1847‑60.

Drowned, Sep. 2, 1860: Aged 44,

in the collision of the Steamer Lady Elgin with a schooner on Lake Michigan, near Chicago, Ill.​a

Buried, Calvary Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI.

Thayer's Note:

a A summary of this terrible wreck is given in the Biographical Sketch of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.George L. Hartsuff.

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