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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1841

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

Philip W. Macdonald

(Ap'd Pa.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1837, to July 1, 1841, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, July 1, 1841.

Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, Oct. 8, 1841.

Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1841; in garrison at Mount Vernon, Ala., 1841, — and Baton Rouge, La., 1841; on frontier duty at Ft. Towson, I. T., 1841‑42, — and Ft. Washita, I. T., 1842‑44, 1844‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; as Adjutant, 2d Dragoons, Apr. 6 to July 27, 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846, — Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23,

(Bvt. First Lieut., Sep. 23, 1846,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Monterey, Mex.)

1846, — Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of Ocalaca, Aug. 16, 1847, — Battle of

(First Lieut., 2d Dragoons, Mar. 3, 1847)

Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, —

(Bvt. Capt., Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

and Operations before, and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 12‑14,

(Bvt. Major, Sep. 13, 1847, for Gallant Conduct at Chapultepec, Mex.)

1847; and as Aide-de‑camp to Brig.‑General Twiggs, July 27, 1846, to Oct. 11, 1851, in the Mexican War, 1846‑48, and at New Orleans, La., 1848‑51.

Died, Oct. 11, 1851, at New Orleans, La.: Aged 33.

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