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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1846

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

George E. Pickett

(Ap'd Ill.)


George Edward Pickett: Born Jan. 16, 1825, Richmond, VA.

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., 8th Infantry, July 1, 1846.

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

(Second Lieut., 2d Infantry, Mar. 3, 1847)

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

(Transferred to 7th Infantry, July 13, 1847,
and to 8th Infantry, July 18, 1847)

1847, — Capture of San Antonio, Aug. 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 Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, — and Assault and Capture of the City of

(Bvt. Capt., Sep. 13, 1847, for Gallant Conduct at Chapultepec, Mex.)

Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1848; on frontier duty on March through Texas to Ft. Gates, 1849‑50, 1851, —

(First Lieut., 8th Infantry, June 28, 1849)

Camp Johnston, Tex., 1852, — Ft. Chadbourne, Tex., 1852‑53, — Ft.  p305 Clark, Tex., 1853, — and Ft. Bliss, Tex., 1854‑55; in garrison at Ft.

(Captain, 9th Infantry, Mar. 3, 1855)

Monroe, Va., 1855; and on frontier duty on Expedition against hostile Indians on Puget Sound, Wash., to June, 1856, — Ft. Steilacoom, Wash., 1856,​1Ft. Bellingham, Wash., 1856‑58, 1859, — San Juan Island, Wash., 1859, — Ft. Bellingham, Wash., 1859‑60, — and San Juan Island, Wash., 1860‑61.

Resigned, June 25, 1861.

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

Civil History. — Merchant, Norfolk, Va., 1866‑75.

Died, July 30, 1875, at Norfolk, Va.: Aged 50.

Buried, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.

The Author's Note:

1 Received the thanks of the Legislature of the Territory of Washington "for the gallant and firm discharge of his duties under the most trying circumstances while he was in command of the Island of San Juan."

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he is the man forever remembered as leading "Pickett's Charge" on the battlefield of Gettysburg. The details can be read on many websites, among them the Find-a‑Grave page linked above (where his Class ranking, however, "49th of 56 Cadets who finished", is doubly wrong: he placed 59th of 59).

A more interesting page than usual on Gen. Pickett, especially with regard to his wives and children, can be read at FortWiki.

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