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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1840

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Horace B. Field

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born July 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 the Florida War, 1840‑42; in garrison at Ft. Pickens, Fla.,  p44 1842, — Ft. Moultrie, S. C., 1842‑43, 1843‑44, — and Savannah, Ga.,

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, June 27, 1844)

1844‑45; on Recruiting service, 1846‑47; in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48, being engaged in the Combat of Huamantla, Oct. 9, 1847, — Action of Galaxara, Nov. 21, 1847, — and Action of Matamoras, Nov. 22,

(Bvt. Capt., Oct. 9, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battle of Huamantla, Mex.)

1847; in garrison at Ft. Constitution, N. H., 1848‑49, 1850‑53, — and Ft. Sullivan, Me., 1853; and on voyage to California, 1853, in the Steamer San Francisco, from which he was washed overboard, Dec. 24, 1853, during a violent storm, by a heavy sea, which swept off four officers and one hundred and eighty soldiers of the 3d Artillery, and several others, all of whom, save two, perished with him.​a

Drowned, Dec. 24, 1853, off the Capes of the Delaware: Aged 38.

Buried, St. Andrews Cemetery, New Berlin, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a Coverage of the disaster filled the newspapers for weeks. Interesting accounts are given by several of the survivors in The New York Times, Jan. 16, 1854. Several West Point graduates are mentioned there, some prominently, though not Capt. Field.

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