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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1846

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Darius Nashº Couch

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born July 23, 1822, Norwalk, CT.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1842, to July 1, 1846, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1846.

Served: in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, 1848, being engaged in the

(Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, Feb. 16, 1847)

Battle of Buena Vista, Feb. 22‑23, 1847; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va.,

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

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Dec. 4, 1847)

1848, — Ft. Pickens, Fla., 1848‑49, — and Key West, Fla., 1849; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1849‑50; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1850‑51; in conducting Recruits to Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1851; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1851, — Ft. Johnston, N. C., 1851‑52, — and Ft. Mifflin, Pa., 1852‑53; on leave of absence, 1853‑54; on detached service at Washington, D. C., 1854; and in garrison at Ft. Independence, Mas., 1854, — and Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1854‑55.

Resigned, Apr. 30, 1855.

Civil History. — Merchant, New York city, 1855‑57. Manufacturer of Copper Sheathing at Norton, Mas., 1858‑61.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑65: in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., July, 1861, to

(Colonel, 7th Massachusetts Volunteers, June 15, 1861)

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, May 17, 1861)

Mar., 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign, in command of Division (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Battle of Williamsburg,  p267 May 5, 1862, — Battle of Fair Oaks, May 31-June 1, 1862, — Action of Oak Grove, June 25, 1862, — and Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862; in command of Division in the Northern Virginia Campaign in the Retreat

(Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, July 4, 1862)

from Manassas to Washington, D. C. Aug. 30 to Sep. 2, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign, in command of Division (Army of the Potomac), Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged in the Attack on Maryland Heights, at Harper's Ferry, Sep. 17, 1862, — Pursuit of the enemy from Antietam to the Potomac, Sep. 18‑19, 1862, — and march to Falmouth, Va., Oct.‑Nov., 1862; in the Rappahannock Campaign, in command of 2d Corps (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, to June, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862, — and Battle of Chancellorsville, May 2‑4, 1863; in command of the Department of the Susquehanna, June 11, 1863, to Dec. 1, 1864, being engaged in Organizing Pennsylvania Militia to resist General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Lee's Invasion, July, 1863,​b — and Defense of Chambersburg, which he was compelled to evacuate, July 30, 1864; in command of 2d Division, 23d Corps (Army of the Cumberland), Dec. 8, 1864, to May 8, 1865, being engaged in the Battle of Nashville, Dec. 15‑16, 1864, — and Operations in North Carolina to effect a junction with General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Schofield, Feb., 1865; and on leave of absence, May 9‑26, 1865.

Resigned, May 26, 1865.

Civil History. — Democratic Candidate for Governor of the State of Massachusetts, 1865, but not elected. U. S. Collector for the Port of Boston, Oct. 1, 1866, to Mar. 4, 1867, when his appointment ceased, not being confirmed by the Senate. President of a Virginia Mining and Manufacturing Company, 1867. Quartermaster-General of the State of Connecticut, Jan. 1, 1877, to Dec. 31, 1878, and Adjutant-General, Jan. 1, 1883, to Jan. 1, 1885. President of Board of Trustees of Fitchville, Ct., Home for Disabled Soldiers, 1881‑86. Burgess of Norwalk, Ct., 1890.

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

Died Feb. 12, 1897, at Norwalk, Ct.: Aged 74.

Buried, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Taunton, MA.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1897, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Thayer's Notes:

a Gen. Couch's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b Among his dispositions was the building of Fort Couch, in Lemoyne, PA just across the river from the Pennsylvania capital.

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