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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1846

Vol. II

(Born S. C.)

James Stuart

(Ap'd S. C.)


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., Mounted Rifles, July 1, 1846.

Served: in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Siege  p287 of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco,

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

Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, — and Assault and

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

Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; in garrison at Jefferson

(Second Lieut., Mounted Rifles, Oct. 9, 1847)

Barracks, Mo., 1848; on Recruiting service, 1848‑49; and on frontier duty at Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1851, — and on Rogue River Expedition, Or., 1851, being engaged in a Skirmish, June 17, 1851, where he was Mortally Wounded.

Died of Wounds, June 18,​a 1851: Aged 26.1

Buried, St. Helena's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Beaufort, SC.

The Author's Note:

1 After his death his native State, South Carolina, presented his eldest brother with a Sword, under a Resolution of the Legislature of December, 1852: "That among the sons of South Carolina who, by their distinguished valor and military skill in the Mexican War, acquired renown for themselves, and adorned her annals, she cherishes with peculiar pride and affection the memory of Brevet Captain Stuart."

Thayer's Note:

a June 17 is the date on his tombstone (q.v.).

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