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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1846

Vol. II

(Born Ky.)

Samuel Bellº Maxey

(Ap'd Ky.)


Born Mar. 30, 1825, Tompkinsville, KY.

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., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1846.

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

(Second Lieut., 8th Infantry, Feb. 23, 1847)

of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18,

(Transferred to 7th Infantry, July 18, 1847)

1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco,

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

Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — and Operations before and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; and in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1848‑49.

Resigned, Sep. 17, 1849.

Civil History. — Counselor at Law, Clinton County, Ky., 1851‑57, — and at Paris, Tex., 1857‑61. Clerk of Circuit and County Courts, and Master in Chancery, Clinton County, Ky., 1852‑56; and District Attorney, Lamar County, Tex., 1858‑59.

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

Civil History. — Counselor at Law, at Paris, Tex., since 1866. Judge of 8th District of Texas, Apr. 8, 1873: declined. Member of the United States Senate from the State of Texas, Mar. 4, 1875, to Mar. 8, 1887; and of the Board of Visitors to the U. S. Military Academy, 1877.

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
Died Aug. 16, 1895, at Eureka Springs, Ark.: Aged 70.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1896, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Evergreen Cemetery, Paris, TX.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he was a high-ranking general. The details can be read on several websites, e.g., at The Handbook of Texas Online.

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