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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1846

Vol. II

(Born Vt.)

Edward C. Boynton

(Ap'd Vt.)


Edward Carlisle Boynton: Born Feb. 1, 1824, Windsor, VT.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1841, to July 1, 1846, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, July 1, 1846.

Served: in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged with the Advance Column of the Army under General Taylor at the Seizure and Occupation of Saltillo, Mex., Nov. 16, 1846, — Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29,

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, Feb. 16, 1847)

1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of Amazoque, May 14, 1847, — Skirmish at Ocalaca, Aug. 16, 1847, — Battle

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Aug. 20, 1847)

of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — and Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, where he was severely wounded; at the Military Academy, on

(Bvt. Captain, Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

Quartermaster duty, Feb. 13 to Aug. 31, 1848, — as Asst. Professor of French, Mar. 7 to Aug. 31, 1848, — Asst. Professor of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology, Aug. 31, 1848, to Oct. 1, 1852, — and Principal Asst. Professor of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology, Oct. 1, 1852, to Sep. 10, 1855; and in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1855‑56.

Resigned, Feb. 16, 1856.

Civil History. — Elected Professor of Chemistry of the New York State Normal School, at Albany, Feb. 8, 1856: declined. Degree of A. M. conferred by Brown University, Providence, R. I., Aug. 5, 1856. Professor of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology in the University of Mississippi, Jan. 12, 1856, to Sep. 6, 1861, when he was dismissed for "evincing a want of attachment to the Government of the Confederate States" (in rebellion). Appointed Colonel of the 2d Regiment Vermont Volunteers, May, 1861: declined, — and of 6th Vermont Volunteers, Sep. 18, 1861: declined.

 p266  Military History.Re-appointed in the U. S. Army with the rank of

Captain, 11th Infantry, Sep. 23, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: at the Military Academy as Adjutant, Oct. 10, 1861, — and Quartermaster, Nov. 19, 1861, to Sep. 30, 1865.

Bvt. Major, Mar. 13, 1865, for Faithful Services during the Rebellion.

Transferred to 29th Infantry, Sep. 21, 1866.

Served: as Adjutant to the U. S. Military Academy, Sep. 30, 1865, to

(Unassigned, Apr. 25, 1869)

(Assigned to 3d Artillery, Dec. 15, 1870)

Sep. 1, 1871; and on leave of absence, Sep. 1, 1871, to Dec. 1, 1872.

Resigned, Dec. 1, 1872.

Civil History. — Author of the "History of West Point, and the Origin and Progress of the U. S. Military Academy," 1863, — of the "Military and Naval Vocabulary in Webster's Army and Navy Dictionary," 1864, — and of several papers on Chemistry and Chemical Analysis, 1852‑61.​a Superintendent of Newburg, N. Y., Water Works, 1873‑81. Trustee, for the State of New York, of Washington's headquarters, since 1884. President of the Historical Society of Newburg and the Highlands, Oct. 22, 1883, to Feb. 22, 1888. Residence, Newburg, N. Y.

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

(Edward Carlisle Boynton)

Died, May 13, 1893, at Newburgh, N. Y.: Aged 69.

Buried, Ascutney Cemetery, Windsor, VT.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1893, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.º

Thayer's Note:

a Onsite, a curious article of his, written in 1864, on "Greek Fire, and other Inflammables".

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