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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1846

Vol. II

(Born Wis.)

Joseph N. G. Whistler​1

(Ap'd at Large)


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

Bvt. Second Lieut., 8th Infantry, July 1, 1846.

Served: in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Siege

(Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, Jan. 7, 1847)

 p297  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 Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; in garrison at East Pascagoula, Mis., 1848; on frontier duty at San Elizario, Tex., 1849‑50, — Ft. Bliss, Tex., 1850, — Convoying Wagon Trains, 1850, — Cebolleta, N. M., 1850‑51, — Navajo Country, 1851, — Ft. Defiance, N. M., 1851‑53, — and Ft. Craig, N. M., 1854‑56; on Recruiting service,

(First Lieut., 3d Infantry, June 6, 1852)

1856‑58; on frontier duty at Los Lunas, N. M.,º 1858‑60, — Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1860, — Ft. McIntosh, Tex., 1860‑61, — Mouth of the Rio Grande, 1861, — and Indianola, Tex., 1861, where he was captured by Texas insurgents, and paroled as a Prisoner of War; and in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: at the Military Academy, as Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Sep. 25, 1861,

(Captain, 3d Infantry, May 14, 1861)

to Mar. 20, 1863; as Commissary of Musters for the Department of Virginia, Apr. to May, 1863; in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., May 6,

(Colonel, 2d N. Y. Volunteer Artillery, May 6, 1863)

1863, to May 15, 1864; in the Richmond Campaign (Army of the Potomac), May to June, 1864, being engaged in the Battle of Spottsylvania,

(Bvt. Major, May 24, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of North Anna, Va.)

May 18‑20, 1864, — Battles of North Anna, May 21‑25, 1864, — Battle of Tolopotomy, May 28‑29, 1864, — Battle of Cold Harbor, June 1‑3, 1864, — Assaults on Petersburg, June 16 and 18, 1864, — and Siege of Petersburg, June 19, 1864, where he was wounded; on sick leave of absence,

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, June 19, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in Front of Petersburg, Va.)

disabled by wound, June to July, 1864; in command of Brigade in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., July, 1864, to Sep. 19, 1865, being

(Major, 13th Infantry, Dec. 31, 1864)

engaged in the Defense of the Capital, July 11‑12, 1864, against the

(Bvt. Colonel, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

(Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct during the Rebellion)

Rebel Raiders under General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Early; on leave of absence, Oct. 17 to

(Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Dec. 19, 1865)

Nov. 16, 1865; and in command of 3d Battalion, 13th Infantry, at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Nov., 1865, to Apr., 1866.

Transferred to 31st Infantry, Sep. 21, 1866.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Rice, Dak., Jan., 1866, to July, 1867, — in command of Ft. Totten, Dak., to July, 1869, — Ft. Randall, Dak., July, 1869, to Sep., 1870, — and Ft. Sully, Dak., Sep. 24, 1870, to Oct. 25, 1872 (commanding escort to Union Pacific Railroad Survey, Aug. 28 to Oct. 25, 1871); on leave of absence to Jan. 12, 1873; in garrison at

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 5th Infantry, Feb. 18, 1874)

Newport Barracks, Ky., Jan. 12, 1873, to Oct. 27, 1874, being in command from Nov. 10, 1873; on frontier duty in command of Ft. Ripley,  p298 Kan.,​a Nov. 6, 1874, to Aug. 9, 1876, — and of Camp on Tongue River, Mon., Aug. 28 to Dec. 30, 1876; on Detached Service at St. Paul, Min., to Jan. 29, 1877; on leave of absence to Dec. 1, 1877; and in command of Ft. Snelling, Min., Dec. 29, 1877, to May 21, 1878, — and Ft. Keogh, Mon., June 5, 1878, to June 23, 1879; on duty at Poplar Creek Agency, Mon., to Aug. 28, 1879; in command of Ft. Keogh, Mon., to Sep. 15, 1879; at headquarters, Department of Dakota, St. Paul, Min., to Oct. 18, 1879; on sick leave of absence, to May 10, 1880; in command of Ft. Keogh, Mon., to May 30, 1881; on Court Martial duty to July 8, 1881; in command of Ft. Keogh (of regiment to Nov. 8, 1882) to July 10,

(Colonel, 15th Infantry, May 31, 1883)

1883; on sick leave of absence to Oct. 16, 1883; and in command of regiment and post of Ft. Buford, Dak., to Oct. 19, 1886.

Retired from Active Service, Oct. 19, 1886, he being 64 Years of Age.

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

Military History. — Retired officer.

Died April 20, 1898, at Wadsworth, N. Y.: Aged 77.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1899, for an obituary notice.

The Author's Note:

1 Was the son of Col. William Whistler, U. S. Army.

Thayer's Note:

a Sic. There seems never to have been a Fort Ripley in Kansas, though; my link is to the well-known Fort Ripley in Minnesota, which was about to be closed.

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