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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1842

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

George W. Lay

(Ap'd Va.)


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

Bvt. Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, July 1, 1842.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Towson, I. T., 1842‑43, — and at Ft.

(Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, Nov. 22, 1843)

Gibson, I. T., 1843‑45; as Assistant in Meteorological Bureau in Washington,  p144 D. C., Apr. 14, 1845, to May 19, 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, 1846, —

(Bvt. First Lieut., Sep. 23, 1846,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the several Conflicts at Monterey, Mex.)

Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Pedregal, Aug. 19, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847,

(Bvt. Capt., Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

— Operations before and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847, — as Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Butler, Aug. 1, 1846, to Feb. 18, 1847, — as Military Secretary to Major-General Scott, Feb. 18, 1847, to Feb. 19, 1848, — and Aide-de‑Camp and Military Secretary to Major-General Butler, Feb. 19 to Nov. 18, 1848; on frontier duty at Ft. Gaines, Min., 1849‑50; on Coast Survey, Dec. 10, 1850, to Nov. 10, 1852;

(First Lieut., 6th Infantry, Apr. 15, 1851)

as Acting Judge Advocate, Nov. 10, 1852, to Aug. 29, 1853, and Acting Asst. Adjutant-General of Western Division, Aug. 29, 1853, to Mar. 30, 1854; and as Aide-de‑Camp to Bvt. Major-General Twiggs, Mar. 30 to Aug. 31, 1854, — to Major-General Scott, Sep. 1, 1854, to Mar. 7,

(Lieut.‑Col., Staff — Aide-de‑Camp to the General-in‑Chief, Mar 7, 1855)

(Captain, 6th Infantry, Dec. 24, 1856)

1855, — and to Lieut.‑General Scott, Mar. 7, 1855, to Mar. 2, 1861.

Resigned, Mar. 2, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Died, May 7, 1867, at New Orleans, La.: Aged 45.

Buried, Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, MS.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record; he served as assistant adjutant or assistant inspector general for Confederate generals Milledge L. Bonham, Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Joseph E. Johnston, and Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Robert E. Lee.

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