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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1841

Vol. II

(Born Mas.)

Joseph B. Plummer​a

(Ap'd Mas.)


Joseph Bennett Plummer: Born Nov. 15, 1816, Barre, MA.

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 Infantry, July 1, 1841.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Winnebago, Wis., 1841‑43, — Ft. Crawford, Wis., 1843‑44, — Ft. Atkinson, Io., 1844‑45, — and Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846, near Ft. Brown, Tex.; on sick leave of absence, 1846‑47; in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48, in garrison at Vera Cruz, 1847‑48, and City of Mexico, 1848; and as Quartermaster, 1st Infantry, Jan. 1, 1848, to Mar. 1, 1852, being on frontier

(First Lieut., 1st Infantry, Mar. 15, 1848)

duty at East Pascagoula, Mis., 1848, — Ft. Brown, Tex., 1848‑49, 1849‑50, — Ft. Duncan, Tex., 1850‑54, — Ft. Clark, Tex., 1854‑55, —

(Captain, 1st Infantry, May 1, 1852)

 p86  Ft. McKavett, Tex., 1855‑57, 1858‑59, — March to Camp Cooper, Tex., 1859, — Ft. Cobb, Tex., 1859‑61, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑62: in Operations in Missouri, being engaged in the Battle of Wilson's Creek, Aug. 10, 1861, where he was severely wounded, — Retreat to Rolla, Aug.,

(Colonel, 11th Missouri Volunteers, Sep. 25, 1861)

1861, — Combat of Frederickstown (in command), Oct. 21, 1861, — in

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Oct. 22, 1861)

command of Cape Girardeau, Nov., 1861, to Mar. 1, 1862, — March from Commerce to New Madrid, Mar., 1862, — and in Occupation of Point Pleasant, constantly skirmishing with the enemy's gunboats, and repulsing many attempts to land, till Apr. 7, 1862; on Expedition to Ft.

(Major, 8th Infantry, Apr. 25, 1862)

Pillow, Apr., 1862; and in the Mississippi Campaign, Apr. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Advance upon and Siege of Corinth, Apr. 22 to May 30, including Action before the place, May 28, 1862, — and Pursuit of the Rebel Army under Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Beauregard to Boonville, Mis., June 1‑11, 1862.

Died,​b Aug. 9, 1862, near Corinth, Mis.: Aged 43.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a He was the father of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Satterlee C. Plummer.

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b His tombstone (q.v.) gives the cause of his death as wounds and exposure in the active field.

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