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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1843

Vol. II

(Born D. C.)

Thomas J. Brereton

(Ap'd at Large)


Born Aug. 13, 1822.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1839, to July 1, 1843, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1843.

Transferred to Ordnance, July 20, 1843.

Served: as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Washington Arsenal, D. C., 1843‑44 — Ft. Monroe Arsenal, Va., 1844‑45, — and at Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., 1845; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1846, in command of St. Joseph's Island and Point Isabel Ordnance Depots; in the War

(Second Lieut., Ordnance, Mar. 3, 1847)

with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846, — and as Ordnance

(Bvt. First Lieut., May 9, 1846, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, Tex.)

Officer at Ft. Brown, Tex., 1846, and at Camargo, Mex., 1846‑48; as  p155 Assistant in Ordnance Bureau at Washington, D. C., 1848; as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Watertown Arsenal, Mas., 1848‑49, — at Frankford Arsenal, Pa., 1849‑52, — and at Allegheny Arsenal, Pa., 1852‑53, 1853‑55;

(First Lieut., Ordnance, Oct. 31, 1851)

and in command of Allegheny Arsenal, Pa., 1855‑57, — and of Mount

(Captain, Ordnance, July 1, 1857, for Fourteen Years' Continuous Service)

Vernon Arsenal, Ala., 1857‑58.

Resigned, Dec. 20, 1858.

Civil History. — Civil Engineer, 1858‑59. Oil Manufacturer, Pittsburg, Pa., 1859‑69. Vice-President of the American Church Union, 1869‑70.

Died, Sep. 18, 1870, at Yonkers, N. Y.: Aged 48.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1871, for an obituary notice.º

Thayer's Note:

a Capt. Brereton's birthdate is from his AOG obituary.

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