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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1840

Vol. II

(Born Ga.)

Henry D. Wallen

(Ap'd Fla.)


Henry Davies Wallen: Born Apr. 19, 1819, Savannah, GA.

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

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, July 1, 1840.

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery,º Oct. 4, 1840.

Served: in the Florida War 1840‑42; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1842‑43, 1844; on frontier duty at Natchitoches,º La. (Camp Salubrity), 1844‑45, 1845; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, where he was wounded, — and Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846; on Recruiting service, 1846‑47; in the War

(First Lieut., 4th Infantry, Sep. 9, 1846)

with Mexico, 1848; on Commissary duty at East Pascagoula, Mis., 1848; on frontier duty at Detroit, Mich., 1848‑50; as Adjutant, 4th Infantry, Feb. 1, 1849, to Jan. 31, 1850; in garrison at Plattsburg, N. Y., 1850‑52,

(Captain, 4th Infantry, Jan. 31, 1850)

— Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1852; on frontier duty at Benicia, Cal., 1852, — Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1852‑53, — Ft. Dalles, Or., 1853, — Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1853‑55, — Yakima Expedition, 1855, — and Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1855‑57; on Recruiting service, 1858; on frontier duty at Ft. Cascades, Wash., 1858‑59, — in command of Exploring Expedition to Salt Lake, Utah, 1859, — Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1859‑60, — Ft. Cascades, Wash., 1860; on detached service at Washington, D. C., 1860; on frontier duty at Ft. Cascades, Wash., 1860‑61, — and Camp Sumner,

(Major, 7th Infantry, Nov. 25, 1861)

near San Francisco, Cal., 1861; and on detached service to the Isthmus of Panama, with 30,000 stand of arms for the Eastern Armies, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1862‑66: in Operations in New Mexico, commanding battalion, and as Acting Asst. Inspector-General of the Department of New Mexico, June, 1862, to

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, and Bvt. colonel, Feb. 23, 1865, for Meritorious Services rendered by him in New Mexico during the Rebellion)

June, 1864; in command of regiment at Ft. Schuyler, N. Y., June, 1864,

(Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

to May, 1865, — and commanding 1st Infantry at St. Augustine, Fla., May to Oct., 1865; in garrison at San Francisco, Cal., Dec. 15, 1865, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 14th Infantry, July 30th, 1865)

Jan., 1866; in command of the District of the Gila, Apr. 28 to June 10, 1866, — and of the District of Arizona, June 10 to Aug. 11, 1866.

Served: on sick leave of absence, Aug. 11 to Oct. 24, 1866; in waiting orders and on leave of absence, Oct. 24, 1866, to Mar. 1, 1867; in command of Ft. Columbus Recruiting Depot, N. Y., Mar. 6, 1867, to May 5, 1869; awaiting orders, May to Oct., 1869;​a on Special Duty at Headquarters

(Unassigned, Mar. 15, 1869)

of the Department of the East, Oct. 16, 1869, to Aug. 18, 1870; in  p56 command of 18th Infantry, headquarters Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 25 to Nov. 3, 1870; on duty at headquarters, Department of the East, Nov.,

(Assigned to 8th Infantry, Dec. 15, 1870)

1870, to Jan. 27, 1871, and with regiment, Feb. 3, 1871, to July 5, 1872; on Courts Martial, 1871‑72; on Yellowstone Expedition, July 26 to Oct. 18, 1872, — and at Omaha Barracks, Nebraska, to Nov. 20, 1872; on leave of absence to Dec. 23, 1872; commanding battalion of regiment

(Colonel, 2d Infantry, Feb. 19, 1873)

to Mar. 2, 1873, — and commanding regiment, Dec. 1, 1873, to Jan. 29, 1874.

Retired from Active Service, Feb. 18, 1871,
for Disability contracted in the Line of Duty.

Died, Dec. 2, 1886, at New York city: Aged 68.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a Col. Wallen was the author of a quick orientation guide to the Army, which must have been a useful book, and was favorably reviewed at the time: Service Manual for the Instruction of newly appointed Commissioned Officers, and the Rank and File of the Army, as compiled from Army Regulations, The Articles of War, and the Customs of Service (New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1869).

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