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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1842

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Edward G. Beckwith

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1838, to July 1, 1842, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1842.

Served: in garrison at Savannah, Ga., 1842‑44, 1844‑46; on Recruiting Service, 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, at Tampico, and

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, June 18, 1846)

1848 at Vera Cruz; on sick leave of absence, 1848‑49; in escorting civil officers through New Mexico and California to San Diego, 1849‑50, being engaged in two Skirmishes with the Apache Indians on the route; on Recruiting service, 1850‑51; in garrison at Ft. Trumbull, Ct., 1851‑53; as Assistant in Pacific Railroad Reconnoissances, between 38° and 40° of latitude, 1853, and in charge, 1853‑57;​a in constructing military roads in

(Captain, 3d Artillery, May 12, 1855)

Nebraska and Kansas, 1857, 1858‑59; and on sick leave of absence, 1859‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: as Chief of Commissariat of the Department of Pennsylvania, Apr. 29 to July 25, 1861, — of the Department of the Shenandoah, July 25, 1861, to Feb., 1862, — of the 5th Army Corps, in Shenandoah Valley, Mar. 8 to June 27, 1862, — of the Army of Virginia, June 27 to Sep. 2, 1862, — in fitting

(Colonel, Staff — Additional Aide-de‑Camp, July 5, 1862, to May 31, 1866)

out, at New York, General Banks's Expedition to New Orleans, Oct. to Dec., 1862, — of the Department of the Gulf, in the various Campaigns and Military Operations, Dec. 17, 1862, to July, 1865, — and of the Department of Louisiana and Texas, and of Louisiana, July to Aug.,  p125 1865; as Provost Marshal General of the Department of the Gulf, Sep. 16 to Nov. 16, 1863; and in command of the Defenses of New Orleans, La., Aug. 25, 1863, to Jan. 12, 1864.

Major, 2d Artillery, Feb. 8, 1864.

Bvt. Lieut.-Colonel, Bvt. Colonel, and Bvt. Brig.-General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion.

Served: as Assistant in the Claims Branch of the Office of the Commissary-General of Subsistence, Washington, D. C., Aug. 25, 1865, to Mar. 20, 1879.

Retired from Active Service, Mar. 20, 1879, for Disability in Line of Duty.

Died, June 22, 1881, at Clifton, N. Y.: Aged 63.

Thayer's Note:

a For an assessment of his railroad survey work, see John Galloway, The First Transcontinental Railroad, p44.

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