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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1846

Vol. II

(Born Ga.)

William M. Gardner

(Ap'd Ga.)


William Montgomery Gardner: Born June 8, 1824, near Augusta, GA.

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., 1st Infantry, July 1, 1846.

 p303  Served: in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, 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,

(Transferred to 2d Infantry, July 13, 1847)

1847, — Skirmish of Ocalaca, Aug. 16, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — and Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, where he

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

was severely wounded; on sick leave of absence, disabled by wound, 1847‑48; en route to California, 1848‑49; on frontier duty at Benicia,

(First Lieut., 2d Infantry, Oct. 16, 1849)

Cal., 1849‑50, — and Camp Far West, on Bear Creek, Cal., 1850‑51; on Coast Survey, Feb. 1 to Dec. 2, 1851; as Aide-de‑Camp to Bvt. Brig.‑General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Hitchcock, Feb. 27, 1852, to Feb. 17, 1854, and to Bvt. Maj.‑General Wool, Feb. 17‑27, 1854, at headquarters of the Pacific Division, San Francisco, Cal.; on Recruiting service, 1854; in garrison at Ft. Carlisle, Pa. Carlisle Barracks, Pa., 1855; on frontier duty at Ft. Pierre, Dak., 1855, — Cantonment

(Captain, 2d Infantry, Mar. 3, 1855)

Miller, Min., 1855‑56, — Ft. Lookout, Dak., 1856, — Ft. Randall, Dak., 1857‑58, — Ft. Scott, Kan., 1858, — Ft. Randall, Dak., 1858‑59, — Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1859‑60, — and Ft. Abercrombie, Dak., 1860; and on leave of absence, 1860‑61.

Resigned, Jan. 19, 1861.

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

Civil History. — Unknown, nothing authentic having been received.

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

Civil History. — Unknown.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Died June 16, 1901, at Memphis, Tenn.: Aged 77.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1901, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, TN.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. It can be pieced together, more or less, from two very different accounts online, both linked above: the (interesting) AOG obituary and the brief biographical sketch at Find-a‑Grave.

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