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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1846

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

Hamilton L. Shields

(Ap'd Va.)


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.

 p275  Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29,

(Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, Mar. 3, 1847)

1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Capture of San Antonio, Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of

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

Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — Battle of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, —

(Bvt. Captain, Sep. 8, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Molino del Rey, Mex.)

and Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; in

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, Sep. 22, 1847)

garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1848, — Ft. Adams, R. I., 1848‑50; as Acting Judge Advocate of the Eastern Division, Nov. 1, 1850, to Sep. 20, 1853; as Aide-de‑Camp to Bvt. Maj.‑General Wool, Nov. 15, 1853, to Feb. 15, 1854; and as Adjutant, 3d Artillery, Feb. 15 to Mar. 15, 1854.

Resigned, Mar. 17, 1854.

Civil History. — Counselor at Law, New York, 1854‑57. Farmer, near Bennington Vt., 1857‑89.

Died, Nov. 24, 1889, at Troy, N. Y.: Aged 67.

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