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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1841

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

Joseph F. Irons

(Ap'd Pa.)


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

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1841.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Preble, Me., 1841‑43, — Ft. Adams, R. I., 1843‑44, — and Ft. Kent, Me., 1844; on Meteorological duty at Washington, D. C., Dec. 20, 1844, to Apr. 14, 1845; on Coast Survey, Apr. 14 to Sep. 10, 1845; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846, — Battle of Monterey,

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Mar. 3, 1847)

Sep. 21‑23, 1846, — Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, as Aide-de‑Camp to Brig.‑General Cadwallader, Apr. 27 to Aug. 26, 1847, — in the Skirmish of La Hoya, June 20, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — and Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, where he was Mortally Wounded by a grape shot through the neck, while reconnoitring the Tête-du‑Pont Battery.

Died of Wounds, Aug. 26, 1847: Aged 26.

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