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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1843

Vol. II

(Born N. J.)

Samuel G. French

(Ap'd N. J.)


Samuel Gibbs French: Born Nov. 22, 1818.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1839, to  p167 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. Macon, N. C., 1843; in preparing artillery drawings, Nov. 23, 1843, to Nov. 12, 1844; in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., 1844‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8,

(Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, June 18, 1846)

1846, — Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846, — Battle of Monterey,

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

Sep. 21‑23, 1846, — and Battle of Buena Vista, Feb. 22‑23, 1847,

(Bvt. Capt., Feb. 23, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Buena Vista, Mex.)

where he was severely wounded; in the Quartermaster-General's Office,

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

at Washington, D. C., 1847‑48; and on Quartermaster duty at New Orleans,

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, Jan. 12, 1848)

La., 1848, — Baton Rouge, La., 1848, — East Pascagoula, Mis., 1848, — Texas, 1848‑50, — Conducting train from San Antonio, Tex., to El Paso, 1851, — Washington, D. C., 1851‑53, 1853‑54, — and Ft. Smith, Ark., 1854‑56.

Resigned, May 31, 1856.

Civil History. — Planter, near Vicksburg, Mis., 1856‑61.

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

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

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

Civil History. — Unknown. — Residence, Pensacola, Fla.

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

Civil History. — Unknown. — Residence, Freehold, N. J.

Died April 20, 1910, at Florala, Florida: Aged 92.

Buried, St. John's Cemetery, Pensacola, FL.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record; he was a major-general in the Southern army, commanding a division during most of the war: details are given on the Find-a‑Grave page linked above, and elsewhere online. He also wrote his autobiography, Two Wars (Nashville, 1901), covering of course the Mexican War and the War between the States, and the "Reconstruction" afterwards; it includes a spirited defense of the Confederacy and her bid for independence.

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