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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1841

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

John Love

(Ap'd Ten.)


Born Jan. 9, 1820, Culpepper Co., VA.​a

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., 1st Dragoons, July 1, 1841.

Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1841‑42; on

(Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Feb. 21, 1842)

frontier duty at Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1842, — Ft. Scott, Kan., 1842‑43, — March to Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1843, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1843‑44, — Pawnee Country, 1844, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1844, — Expedition to the South Pass of the Rocky Mountains, 1845, — and Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1845; on Recruiting service, 1845‑47;b on frontier duty at Ft.

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, June 30, 1846)

Leavenworth, Kan., 1847;​ in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48, being engaged in the Assault of Santa Cruz de Rosales, Mar. 16, 1848; as Quartermaster,

(Bvt. Capt., Mar. 16, 1848,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Santa Cruz de Rosales, Mex.)

1st Dragoons, Mar. 12, 1849, to Dec. 1850; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1849; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1849‑51; and on Recruiting service, 1851‑52.

Resigned, Feb. 1, 1853.

Civil History. — Railroad Contractor, 1854‑58. Captain, Indiana Militia, 1858‑61.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑63; as Chief of Staff of Brig.‑General Morris, in Western

(Major, Staff — Brigade Inspector, Indiana Volunteers, Apr. 27 to July 29, 1861)

Virginia Campaign, Apr. to July, 1861, being engaged at the Rebel Evacuation of Laurel Hill, July 11, 1861, — and Combat of Carrick's Ford, July 13, 1861; in command of Camp of Instruction for Indiana Volunteers

(Major-General of Indiana Legion, Sep. 10, 1861)

at Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 1 to Sep. 10, 1861, — and of a Division in Defense of Cincinnati, O., Sep., 1862, till he

Resigned, Jan. 1, 1863.

Commanded a force in Pursuit, through Indiana, of John Morgan's Raiders, repulsing them at Mount Vernon, Ind., July 11, 1863.

Civil History. — Real Estate Broker at Indianapolis, Ind., 1863‑67. Agent, in Europe, of the Gatling Rifle Gun, 1867. Member of Commission to erect a new Capitol building for the State of Indiana, May 24, 1877, to Jan. 29, 1881; and of the Board of Managers of the National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1880.

Died, Jan. 29, 1881, at Indianapolis, Ind.: Aged 61.

Buried, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1881, for an obituary notice.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Love's birth data are from his AOG obituary.

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b We find him at work in the account of an eyewitness, 1847: James Josiah Webb, Adventures in the Santa Fé Trade, p290 f.

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