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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1845

Vol. II

(Born S. C.)

Barnard E. Bee

(Ap'd at Large)


Barnard Elliot Bee: Born Feb. 8, 1824, Charleston, SC.

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., 3d Infantry, July 1, 1845.

Served: in the Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — and Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846, — on Recruiting

(Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, Sep. 21, 1846)

service, 1846‑47; in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo,

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

Apr. 17‑18, 1847, where he was wounded in storming the enemy's intrenched heights, — Skirmish of Ocalaca, Aug. 16, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, — and Assault and Capture of

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

the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847;​1 as Adjutant, 3d Infantry, July 25, 1848, to Mar. 3, 1855; in garrison at East Pascagoula, Mis., 1848; on frontier duty at San Antonio, Tex., 1848‑49, — and Santa Fé, N. M., 1850‑51, — Ft. Bliss, Tex., 1851, — Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1851‑52, —

(First Lieut., 3d Infantry, Mar. 5, 1851)

Scouting, 1852, — Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1852‑53, — Albuquerque, N. M., 1853, — Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1854‑55, — and Scouting, 1855; in garrison

(Captain, 10th Infantry, Mar. 3, 1855)

at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1855; on frontier duty  p237 at Ft. Snelling, Min., 1856‑57, — Ft. Ridgely, Min., 1856‑57, — Ft. Snelling, Min., 1857, — and on Utah Expedition, 1857‑58, as Lieut.‑Colonel Utah Volunteer Battalion, Dec. 8, 1857, to Dec. 1, 1858; on leave of absence, 1858‑60; and on frontier duty at Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1860‑61.

Resigned, Mar. 3, 1861.

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

Killed, July 21,​b 1861, at the Battle of Bull Run, Va.: Aged 37.

Buried, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Pendleton, SC.

The Author's Note:

1 Presented, 1854, by his Native State, South Carolina, with a Sword of Honor, for his "Patriotic and Meritorious Conduct" in the Mexican War.

Thayer's Notes:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: according to the Southern Historical Society Papers, he was made Brigadier-General, June 17, 1861, commanded the 3d Brigade, Army of Shenandoah; and was the man who gave T. J. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Jackson his sobriquet of "Stonewall": "Look, men; there is Jackson standing like a stone wall!" (but see the interpretation suggested on the Historical Marker Database page).

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b Although the battle was fought July 21, Gen. Bee did not die immediately, but of wounds the following day, according to his tombstone.

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