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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1844

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Joseph H. Whittlesey

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Joseph Hotchkiss Whittlesey

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1840, to July 1, 1844, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, July 1, 1844.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Jesup, La., 1844‑45; in Military Occupation

(Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Sep. 18, 1846)

of Texas, 1845‑46; on frontier duty at Ft. Scott, Kan., 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Battle of Buena  p193 Vista, Feb. 22‑23, 1847; on frontier duty at Santa Fé, N. M., 1848, —

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

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Oct. 18, 1847)

Taos, N. M., 1848, — Scouting, 1849, being engaged against Utah and Apache Indians in the Skirmish at El Cerro del Olla, N. M., Mar. 13, 1849, — Taos, N. M., 1849, — Scouting, 1849‑50, against Apache Indians, — Rayado, N. M., 1850‑51, — Adjutant, 1st Dragoons, Sep. 30, 1851, to Oct. 22, 1854, — Ft. Union, N. M., 1851, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1852‑54, — and Ft. Union, N. M., 1854‑55, 1856; on sick leave of absence,

(Captain, 1st Dragoons, Oct. 22, 1854)

1856‑58; on Recruiting service, 1858; on sick leave of absence, 1858‑60; at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1860; and on

(Major, 5th Cavalry, Nov. 12, 1861)

frontier duty at Ft. Dalles, Or., and Scouting against hostile Indians, 1860‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1862‑66: in command of Regiment in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., Jan. 14 to Mar. 10, 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), commanding Regiment, Mar. 10 to May 21, 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Va., Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — and Battle of Williamsburg, May 5, 1862; on leave of absence, May 21‑25, 1862, when he was captured at Winchester, Va., and held as Prisoner of War till Sep. 30, 1862; in organizing Volunteer Cavalry, at Harrisburg, Pa., Oct., 1862, to Feb. 21, 1863, — and at Concord, N. H., Feb. 24, 1863, to Feb., 1865;

(Retired from Active Service, Nov. 30, 1863, for Disability resulting from Long and Faithful Service, and from Disease and Exposure in the Line of Duty)

in command at Camp Randall, Madison, Wis., Mar. 1 to July 3, 1865; unemployed, July 3, 1865, to Apr. 13, 1866.

Retired from Active Service, Nov. 30, 1863, for Disability contracted in Line of Duty.º

Served: on Recruiting service, Apr. 13, 1866, to Feb. 4, 1867; on tour of Educational Inspection, Feb. 4, 1867, to July, 1868; and as Professor of Military Science in Cornell University, N. Y., to Feb. 21, 1870.

Died, Aug. 2, 1886, at Seattle, Wash. Ter.: Aged 65.

Buried, Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, WA.

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