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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1845

Vol. II

(Born S. C.)

Thomas G. Rhett

(Ap'd at Large)


Thomas Grimké Rhett: Born Aug. 2, 1821.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1841, to July 1, 1845, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Ordnance, July 1, 1845.

Served: as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Washington Arsenal, D. C., 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in Northern

(Second Lieut., Mounted Rifles, May 27, 1846)

Mexico, 1846‑47, — Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Defense of

(First Lieut., Mounted Rifles, Apr. 18, 1847)

the City of Puebla, Sep. 13 to Oct. 12, 1847, — and on Commissary duty,

(Bvt. Capt., Oct. 12, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Defense of Puebla, Mex.)

1847‑48; on Recruiting service, 1848; on frontier duty at Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1849‑50; in arrest, 1850‑51, 1851; on Quartermaster and Commissary duty, at Corpus Christi, Tex., 1852‑55; on frontier duty at Ft.

(Captain, Mounted Rifles, Sep. 16, 1853, to June 14, 1858)

McIntosh, Tex., 1855, — Scouting, 1855, 1856, — March to New Mexico, 1856, — Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1856‑57, — Ft. Bliss, Tex., 1857, — Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1857, — Ft. Union, N. M., 1857‑58; and on Paymaster's

(Major, Staff — Paymaster, Apr. 7, 1858)

duty, 1858‑61, at Ft. Bliss, Tex.

Resigned, Apr. 1, 1861.

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

Civil History. — Unknown, from 1866 to 1870, nothing authentic having been received. Colonel of Ordnance in the Egyptian Army, Apr. 21, 1870, to Sep. 30, 1873. In Europe, 1873‑76, and in Maryland, till he

Died, July 28, 1878, in Baltimore County, Md.: Aged 57.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1879, for an obituary notice.º

Buried, Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore, MD.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. A good summary (lifted from Bruce S. Allardice, More Generals in Gray, p198) is provided on the Find-a‑Grave page linked to above.

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