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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1842

Vol. II

(Born Ga.)

La­fayette McLaws

(Ap'd Ga.)


Born Jan. 15, 1821, Augusta, GA.

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. Gibson, I. T., 1842‑44; in garrison at

(Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, Mar. 16, 1844)

Pass Christian, Mis., 1844, — Baton Rouge, La., 1844‑45, — and Ft. Pickens, Fla., 1845; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Defense of Ft. Brown, May 3‑9, 1846, — Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, 1846, — and Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847; on Recruiting service, 1847‑48; in the

(First Lieut., 7th Infantry, Feb. 16, 1847)

War with Mexico, 1848, in convoying trains to the City of Mexico; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1848, 1849; on frontier duty at Santa Fé, N. M., 1849‑51, — as Acting Asst. Adjutant-General of the Department of New Mexico, Oct. 23, 1849, to July 19, 1851, — Ft. Gibson,

(Captain, 7th Infantry, Aug. 24, 1851)

I. T., 1852‑54, — conducting Recruits to Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1855, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1855‑57, — and Ft. Smith, Ark., 1857‑58; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1858; on frontier duty on Utah Expedition, 1858, being engaged in escorting Mormons to California and protecting emigrants, June 12 to Oct. 21, 1859, — March to New Mexico, 1860, — Ft. Craig, N. M., 1860, — Ft. Defiance, N. M., 1860, — and on Navajo Expedition, 1860‑61; and on leave of absence, 1861.

Resigned, Apr. 25, 1861.

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

Civil History. — Agent of Carolina Life Insurance Company, 18–––. U. S. Collector of Internal Revenue at Savannah, Ga., 1875‑76; and Postmaster, 1876 to 18–––.

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
Died July 24, 1897, at Savannah, Ga.: Aged 76.

Buried, Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, GA.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1898, for an obituary notice.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: his obituary in the AOG Report fills it in, as do several websites. He and the troops he commanded are mentioned more than two hundred times in Freeman's R. E. Leeq.v.

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