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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1840

Vol. II

(Born D. C.)

Richard S. Ewell​a

(Ap'd Va.)


Richard Stoddart Ewell: Born Feb. 8, 1817.

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

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, July 1, 1840.

Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, July 1, 1840.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Wayne, I. T., 1840‑42, — Ft. Scott, Kan., 1842‑43, — Escorting Santa Fé Traders, 1843, — and Ft. Scott, Kan., 1843‑44; on Recruiting service, 1844‑45; on frontier duty at Ft. Scott, Kan., 1845, — March to the Arkansas River, 1845, — and Ft. Scott,

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Sep. 18, 1845)

Kan., 1845; on Coast Survey, Apr. 14 to May 19, 1846; on Recruiting service, 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the  p41 Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, —

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

and Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847; on Recruiting service, 1848‑50; and on frontier duty at Rayado, N. M., 1850‑51, — Ft. Defiance,

(Captain, 1st Dragoons, Aug. 4, 1849)

N. M., 1851, — Los Lunas, N. M., 1851‑54, — Santa Fé, N. M., 1854, — Los Lunas, N. M., 1854, — Escorting Commanding General to El Paso, 1854, — Scouting, 1854‑55, — Los Lunas, N. M., 1855, — Scouting, 1855, — Los Lunas, N. M., 1855, — Escorting Governor of New Mexico to Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1855, — Los Lunas, N. M., 1856, — March to Ft. Buchanan, N. M., 1856‑57, — Santa Fé, N. M., 1857, — Gila Expedition, 1857, being engaged against Apache Indians in the Combat of Gila River, N. M., June 27, 1857, — Ft. Buchanan, N. M., 1857‑59, — Expedition against Pinal Apaches, 1859, being wounded in a Skirmish, Dec. 14, 1859, — and Ft. Bliss, Tex., 1860‑61.

Resigned, May 7, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​b

Civil History. — Farmer, near Spring Hill, Maury County, Ten., 1866‑72.

Died, Jan. 25, 1872, in Maury County, Ten.: Aged 55.

Buried, Nashville City Cemetery, Nashville, TN.

Thayer's Notes:

a He was the brother of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Benjamin S. Ewell.

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he was a prominent if not always success­ful general. The deficiency is made good on several websites, e.g., at American Battlefield Trust. He and his troops are mentioned more than 500 times in Freeman's R. E. Lee (q.v.).

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