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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1840

Vol. II

(Born O.)

James N. Caldwell

(Ap'd O.)


James Nelson Caldwell: Born Nov. 17, 1817, Franklin, OH.​a

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., 2d Infantry, July 1, 1840.

Second Lieut., 1st Infantry, Aug. 5, 1840.

 p49  Served: in the Florida War, 1840‑41; on frontier duty at Ft. Crawford, Wis., 1841‑45, — and Ft. Scott, Kan., 1845; on Recruiting service, 1846‑48; in garrison at East Pascagoula, Mis., 1848; and on frontier

(First Lieut., 1st Infantry, Mar. 31, 1847)

duty at Ringgold Barracks, Tex., 1848‑51, — Ft. Duncan, Tex., 1851‑52,

(Captain, 1st Infantry, Oct. 26, 1850)

— Ft. Terrett, 1852‑53, — Ft. Duncan, Tex., 1853‑54, — La Peña, Tex., 1854, — Ft. Duncan, Tex., 1854‑55, — Ft. Belknap, Tex., 1855‑56, — Camp Cooper, Tex., 1856‑57, — Camp Hudson, Tex., 1857‑58, — Ft. Duncan, Tex., 1859, — and Camp Verde, Tex., 1859‑60, 1860‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in command of Key West Barracks, Fla., 1861‑62; on Expedition against New

(Major, 18th Infantry, Feb. 27, 1862)

Madrid, Mo., Apr., 1862; in Operations in Northern Mississippi, May to June, 1862, in pursuit of Rebels from Corinth to Baldwin, May 30‑31, 1862, — and guarding Iuka Depot, Mis., June, 1862; in Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Buell's movement through Tennessee to Louisville, Ky., July to Sept., 1862; in the Advance into Kentucky, Oct., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Perryville, Oct. 8, 1862, and several skirmishes, — and Pursuit of General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Bragg to Crab Orchard, and march to Bowling Green, Oct., 1862; in Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Rosecrans' Tennessee Campaign (Army of the Cumberland), being engaged in guarding Depots and Fords, Nov. to Dec., 1862, —

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Dec. 31, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Murfreesborough, Ten.)

and in the Battle of Stone River, Dec. 31, 1862, to Jan. 3, 1863; at Camp Thomas, Columbus, O., Jan. 14 to Mar. 11, 1863; on leave of absence, Mar. 11 to Apr. 16, 1863; as Superintendent of Regimental Recruiting Service, Apr. 16, 1863, to Feb. 9, 1865; in command of Draft Rendezvous

(Retired from Active Service, Dec. 29, 1863, for Disability, resulting from Long and Faithful Service and from Disease and Exposure in the Line of Duty)

at Concord, N. H., Feb. 22, 1865, to Jan. 22, 1866; and unemployed, Jan. 22, 1865, to May 21, 1867.

Served: as Member of Board at Louisville, Ky., for the examination of Candidates for promotion in the Army, May 21 to Dec. 31, 1867; and as Professor of Military Science at Kentucky University, Aug. 9, 1868, to Feb. 25, 1869.

Died, Mar. 12, 1886, at Carthage, O.: Aged 68.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1886, for an obituary notice.º

Buried, Woodhill Cemetery, Franklin, OH.

Thayer's Note:

a Maj. Caldwell's full name and birth data are from his AOG obituary.

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