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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1840

Vol. II

(Born Me.)

John W. T. Gardiner

(Ap'd Me.)


John William Tudor Gardiner: Born Jun. 5, 1817, Gardiner, ME.​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., 1st Dragoons, July 1, 1840.

Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Dec. 31, 1840.

Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1840‑41; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1841‑42, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1842, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1842, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1842‑43, — Ft. Washita, I. T., 1843‑44, 1844‑46, — Ft. Wayne, I. T., 1846, — Ft.

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Apr. 21, 1846)

Gibson, I. T., 1846, Ft. Smith, Ark., 1846‑47, — and Ft. Washita, I. T., 1847; in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48; on frontier duty at Crow  p50 Wing, Min., 1848, — Ft. Snelling, Min., 1848‑49, — Expedition to the Red River of the North, 1849, — Ft. Des Moines, Io., 1850, — and Ft. Snelling,

(Captain, 1st Dragoons, Oct. 9, 1851)

Min., 1850‑52; on sick leave of absence, 1852‑53; on Exploration of Northern Pacific Railroad route, Apr. 14 to June 17, 1853; on voyage to California, when, by the wreck of the steamer San Francisco,​b he was compelled to return, 1853‑54; and on sick leave of absence, 1854‑55; on frontier duty at Ft. Tejon, Cal., 1855‑58; and on sick leave of absence, 1858‑61.

Major, 2d Cavalry, Oct. 26, 1861.

Retired from Active Service, Nov. 14, 1861, for Disability resulting from Long and Faithful Service, and from Disease and Exposure of the Line of Duty.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: on Mustering duty, Apr. to May, 1861; unemployed, 1861‑62; as Superintendent of Volunteer Recruiting Service for the State of Maine, 1862‑63; as Acting Asst. Provost Marshal General, Superintendent of Recruiting Service, and Chief Mustering and Disbursing Officer for the State of Maine, Apr. 22, 1863, to Nov. 17, 1864; as Mustering and Disbursing Officer at Augusta, Me., Dec. 8, 1864, to Apr. 30, 1865.

Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Mar. 13, 1865, for Meritorious Services during the Rebellion.

Served on Recruiting service, Sep. 1, 1865, to Jan. 1, 1868.

Died, Sep. 27, 1879, at Gardiner, Me.: Aged 62.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1880, for an obituary notice.º

Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Gardiner's full name and birth data are from his AOG obituary.

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b Coverage of the wreck filled the newspapers for weeks. Interesting accounts are given by several of the survivors in The New York Times, Jan. 16, 1854, in which details are given of Gardiner's experiences, adding to the account in his AOG obituary linked above.

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