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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1840

Vol. II

(Born Ind.)

William Gilham

(Ap'd Ind.)


Born Jan. 31, 1818.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1836, to July 1, 1840, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1840.

Served in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1840; in the Florida War, 1840‑41; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, Sep. 1, 1841, to Aug. 31, 1844; in garrison at

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, Oct. 23, 1841)

Fayetteville, N. C., 1844, — and Ft. Johnston, N. C., 1844‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; and in the War with Mexico, 1846, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846, — and as Adjutant of Artillery Battalion of the "Army of Occupation," Jan. 29 to Aug. 17, 1846.

Resigned, Oct. 17, 1846.

Civil History. — Professor of Physical Sciences in the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., 1846‑50, — of Chemistry and Mineralogy, 1850‑61, — of Scientific and Practical Agriculture, 1851‑61, — and as Commandant of Cadets and Instructor of Infantry Tactics, 1846‑61. Degree of A. M. conferred by William and Mary College., Va., 1852. Author of "Manual of Instruction for the Volunteers and Militia of the United States," 1861. History, 1861‑72, unknown.​a

Died, Nov. 16, 1872, at Richmond, Va.: Aged 53.

Buried, Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, Lexington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a William Gilham's Confederate service has slipped past Cullum, who would have marked it with his usual

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States

— but strangely, past the compilers of the Southern Historical Society Papers as well, where he is not mentioned among West Point graduates who fought for the Confederacy: but he did. A good overview of his Confederate career is provided by William Gilham: Soldier, Educator; he also appears in two chapters of Freeman's R. E. Lee (I.550 f., 562‑568), fighting on the Allegheny front in 1861.

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