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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1843

Vol. II

(Born Ten.)

Cave J. Couts

(Ap'd Ten.)


Cave Johnson Couts: Born Nov. 11, 1821, Springfield, TN.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1838, to July 1, 1843, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Rifles, July 1, 1843.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Jesup, La., 1844‑45, 1845, — conducting

(Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Mar. 31, 1845)

recruits to Ft. Washita, I. T., 1845, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1845, — Evansville,  p191 Ark., 1845‑46, — and Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1846‑47; in the War with

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Feb. 16, 1847)

Mexico, 1848; and on frontier duty at Los Angeles, Cal., 1848‑49, — San Diego, Cal., 1849, — Expedition to Gila River, 1849, — San Diego, Cal., 1849‑50, — and San Luis Rey, Cal., 1850‑51.

Resigned, Oct. 9, 1851.

Civil History. — Ranchero, San Luis Rey, San Diego County, Cal., 1851‑74. Lieut.‑Col. California Militia, 1852‑74.

Died, June 10, 1874, at San Diego, Cal.: Aged 53.

Buried, Calvary Cemetery, San Diego, CA.​a

Thayer's Note:

a Cave Couts' interesting life is well told, with a portrait of him, at the Find-a‑Grave page linked here. A small portion of his diary is online at San Diego History.

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