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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1814

Vol. I

(Born Ky.)

Charles M. Thruston

(Ap'd D. C.)

Charles Mynn Thruston: Born Feb. 22, 1798, Lexington, KY.

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, June 8, 1813, to July 21, 1814, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Artillery, July 21, 1814.

 p125  Served: in the War of 1812‑15 with Great Britain, as Acting Asst. Engineer in erecting temporary defenses at Governor's Island, New York harbor, 1814‑15; in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., 1815‑18; as Battalion

(First Lieut., Corps of Artillery, Apr. 20, 1818)

Adjutant of Artillery, May 14, 1818, to June 1, 1821; as Adjutant 3d

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery,
in Re-organization of Army, June 1, 1821)

Artillery, at Reg. headquarters, June 1, 1821, to Feb. 17, 1827; in garrison

(Captain, 3d Artillery, Feb. 17, 1827)

at Ft. Severn, Md., 1827, — Ft. Trumbull, Ct., 1827‑33, — and Ft. Monroe, Va., 1833‑35; in the Florida War, 1835, 1836, being Acting Adjutant-General of the Florida Army, Feb. to May, 1836, and was engaged against the Seminole Indians in the Combat of Oloklikaha, Mar. 31, 1836.

Resigned, Aug. 31, 1836.​a

Civil History. — Farmer, Cumberland, Md., 1837‑61. President of Mineral Bank of Cumberland, Md., 1838‑41. Mayor of Cumberland, Md., 1861‑62.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Sep. 7, 1861)

States, 1861‑62, in guarding the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, 1861‑62.

Resigned, Apr. 17, 1862.

Civil History. — Farmer, Cumberland, Md., 1862‑72.

Died, Feb. 18, 1873, at Cumberland, Md.: Aged 75.

Buried, Rose Hill Cemetery, Cumberland, MD.

Thayer's Note:

a In a letter from his father, Judge Buckner Thruston, to Robert Thruston Hubard dated Washington, Apr. 8, 1840, (excerpt published in The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 6 No. 1, Jul 1897, pp17‑18) we read:

My second son, Charles, was some 20 years in the Army, was educated at West Point & after arriving at the grade of Captain of the 3d Regt of Artillery and serving a campaign in Florida resigned. If you have ever cast your eyes over the trial of Genl Scott you may see honorable mention made of him by Generals Scott & Clinch. I have often heard it said by his brother officers that he was the best officer of his grade in the Army. He married the sister of Christopher Hughes, once minister to Sweden — has six children & left the Army in much disgust at the favoritism & corruption of the present administration & because he thought he could make better provision for his family in civil life. He is wealthy and residing in Cumberland, Md., attending to Agricultural pursuits & President of the Mineral Bank of that town.

Strictly speaking, the younger Thruston could not have resigned in disgust at "the present administration", since he resigned during the Jackson presidency and his father is writing in 1840, after three years of Van Buren: but the two administrations were something of a continuum.

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