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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1842

Vol. II

(Born Me.)

Napoleon J. T. Dana

(Ap'd at Large)


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., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1842.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Pike, La., 1842‑43, — Pass Christian, Mis., 1843, — and Ft. Pike, La., 1843‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Defense

(First Lieut., 7th Infantry, Feb. 6, 1847, to Aug. 24, 1851)

 p136  of Ft. Brown, May 3‑9, 1846, — Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, 1846, — Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — and Battle of Cerro Gordo,

(Bvt. Captain, Apr. 18, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Mex.)

Apr. 17‑18, 1847,º where he was severely wounded in Storming the intrenchments on Telegraph Hill; on Recruiting service, 1847‑48; and on Quartermaster

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, Mar. 3, 1848)

duty at Boston, Mas., 1848, — Ft. Snelling, Min., 1848‑49, — Ft. Gaines (near Ft. Ripley), Min., 1850‑51, — settling accounts in Washington, D. C., 1851‑52, — at Ft. Snelling, Min., 1853, — and Ft. Ridgely, Min., 1855‑61.

Resigned, Mar. 1, 1855.

Civil History. — Banker, St. Paul, Min., 1855‑61. Brig.‑General, Minnesota Militia, 1857‑61.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑65: in command of Brigade, guarding Potomac ferries between

(Colonel, 1st Minnesota Volunteers, Oct. 2, 1861)

Washington, D. C., and Harper's Ferry, Va., Oct., 1861, — and in the Shenandoah Valley, Nov., 1861, to Apr., 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Feb. 3, 1862)

Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Apr. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Combat of West Point, May 8, 1862, — Battle of Fair Oaks, May 31 to June 1, 1862, — Advanced line before Richmond, June 1‑29, 1862, — Action at Peach Orchard, and Battle of Savage Station, June 29, 1862, — Action of White Oak Swamp, and Battle of Glendale, June 30, 1862, — Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, — and Skirmish at Harrison's Landing, July 2, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Sep., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of South Mountain, Sep. 14, 1862, — and Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, where he was severely wounded; on sick leave of absence, disabled by wound, 1862‑63; in command of the Defenses of

(Maj.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Nov. 29, 1862)

Philadelphia, Pa., July‑Aug., 1863; Operations in the Department of the Gulf, being engaged in the Action of Fordoche Bayou, Sep., 1863, — in command of Expedition by Sea to the Rio Grande, Oct., 1863, landing at Brazos Santiago, Oct. 27, and driving the enemy as high as Laredo, Tex., — and in Occupation of Matagorda Bay and Indianola, and command of 13th Army Corps, Dec., 1863, to Jan., 1864; and in command of the District of Vicksburg, Aug. 17 to Oct. 30, 1864, — of 16th Army Corps, and Districts of West Tennessee and Vicksburg, Nov., 1864, — and of the Department of Mississippi, Dec., 1864, to May 27, 1865.

Resigned, May 27, 1865.

Civil History. — General Agent of American-Russian Commercial Company of San Francisco in Alaska and at Washington, 1866‑71. Superintendent of several railroads in Illinois, 1872‑78; and of Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad at Rock Island, Ill., 1878. Commissioner in charge of Railroad Pools, at St. Louis, Mo., 1878‑81. President of Montana and Union Railway Company, since 1885.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — On retired list of the Army, by Act of Congress, Aug. 1, 1894. — Residence, 1804 Wyoming Avenue, Washington, D. C.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Captain on retired list of the Army, by Act of Congress, Aug. 1, 1894. — Residence, Washington, D. C., till he

Died July 15, 1905, at Portsmouth, N. H.: Aged 83.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1907, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

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