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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1846

Vol. II

(Born N. C.)

Cadmus M. Wilcox

(Ap'd Ten.)


Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox: Born May 29,​a 1824, Wayne County, NC.

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., 4th Infantry, July 1, 1846.

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

(Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, Feb. 16, 1847)

of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of Amazoque, May 14, 1847, — as Adjutant, 7th Infantry, July 9‑14, 1847, — as Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Quitman, July 13, 1847, to July 20, 1848, — Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 13,

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

1847, — and Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1848‑49; on Recruiting service, 1849; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1849‑50; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1850, 1850‑51, — and

(First Lieut., 7th Infantry, Aug. 24, 1851)

Corpus Christi, Tex., 1851‑52; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Nov. 22, 1852, to Aug. 1, 1857; on leave of absence in Europe, 1857‑59; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1859‑60;

(Captain, 7th Infantry, Dec. 20, 1860)

on Recruiting service, 1860; on frontier duty at Ft. Marcy, N. M., 1860‑61, — and Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1861; and on leave of absence, 1861.

Resigned, June 8, 1861.

Civil History. — Compiler of an Elementary Treatise on "Rifles and Rifle Practice," 1859; and Translator from the French of "Austrian Infantry Evolutions of the Line," 1859.​b

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​c

Civil History. — Chief of the Division of Railroads, in the General Land Office, Washington, D. C., 1888‑89.

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
Died Dec. 2, 1890, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 65.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1891, for an obituary notice.

Buried, Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC.

Thayer's Notes:

a When I first put this page online, a popular website gave his birthdate as May 20: a check of several 19c print sources shows that to be a mistake.

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b He also wrote a History of the Mexican War, a first-hand account still frequently cited.

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c As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he was a success­ful general under A. P. Hill and Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Lee, and several websites provide summary biographies, for example Sons of Confederate Veterans. (His name is mentioned over two hundred times in Freeman's R. E. Lee, usually in connection with his brigade; see the index entry there.)

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