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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1843

Vol. II

(Born O.)

Roswell S. Ripley

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Roswell Sabine Ripley: Born Mar. 14, 1823.

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., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1843.

Served: in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., 1843‑44, — Ft. Johnston, N. C., 1844, — and Augusta Arsenal, Ga., 1844‑45; at the Military Academy, 1845‑47, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Sep. 20, 1845, to Jan. 17, 1846;

(Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, Mar. 26, 1846)

on Coast Survey, Jan. 24 to May 19, 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, 1846, — Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo,

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, Mar. 3, 1847)

Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of

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

Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, — Assault and Capture of the

(Bvt. Major, Sep. 13, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Chapultepec, Mex.)

City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847, — and as Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Pillow, Aug. 6, 1847, to July 20, 1848; on leave of absence, 1848‑49, while preparing a "History of the War with Mexico," published in 1849; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1849‑50; and in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., 1850‑51, — Ft. Monroe, Va., 1851, — and Ft. Moultrie, S. C., 1852‑53.

Resigned, Mar. 2, 1853.

Civil History. — Unknown.

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

Civil History. — Unknown, nothing authentic having been received.

Died, Mar. 26, 1887, at New York city: Aged 64.

Buried, Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. The lacuna is summarily filled in by the biographical sketch at Find-a‑Grave linked to above.

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