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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1847

Vol. II

(Born at Sea)

John Hamilton

(Ap'd Ind.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1843, to July 1, 1847, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1847.

Served: in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48, at Perote; in garrison at Ft. Trumbull, Ct., 1848; and on frontier duty at Monterey, Cal., 1849‑51,

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, Feb. 13, 1850)

— escorting Indian Commissioners to Los Angeles, 1851, — Monterey, Cal., 1851, — Scouting against Coyote Indians in Southern California, 1851, — Monterey, Cal., 1851‑52, — San Diego, Cal., 1852‑53, — Benicia Commissary Depot, Cal., 1853‑54, — Ft. Snelling, Min., 1854‑55, —  p306 Scouting against Chippewa Indians to Mille Lacs, Min., 1855, — Ft. Snelling, Min., 1855‑56, — San Diego, Cal., 1857‑58, — San Bernardino, Cal., 1858, — Ft. Yuma, Cal., 1858‑59, — San Francisco, Cal., 1859‑60, — Honey Lake Valley, Cal., 1860‑61, — and Inspector of California Militia, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in the

(Captain, 3d Artillery, Apr. 27, 1861)

Defenses of Washington, D. C., Aug. 5 to Oct. 11, 1861; on the Port Royal Expedition at Hilton Head, S. C., Nov., 1861, to Apr. 3, 1862, being Chief of Artillery, Jan. 17 to Apr. 3, 1862; in Operations in South Carolina, at Beaufort, S. C., Apr. 3 to May 19, 1862, being engaged

(Bvt. Major, Apr. 11, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Investment of Ft. Pulaski, Ga.)

in Actions on James Island, S. C., June 10 and 16, 1862; on detached

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., June 17, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in Action at Secessionville, James Island, S. C.)

service in Washington, D. C., July to Oct., 1862; in the Department of the South, at and about Hilton Head, S. C., Oct., 1862, to July 5, 1863; on leave of absence, July to Oct., 1863; in the Department of the South, at Folly Island, S. C., Oct., 1863, to Feb., 1864, — and on the Expedition to Florida, Feb., 1864, being engaged in the Battle of Olustee, Feb. 20,

(Bvt. Colonel, Feb. 20, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Olustee, Fla.)

1864, where he was wounded; and on Mustering and Disbursing duty at St. Louis, Mo., July 14, 1864, to Aug. 12, 1865.

Served: in the Department of North Carolina, at Raleigh, Aug., 1865, to Nov., 1866; in garrison at Hilton Head, S. C., Nov., 1866, to

(Major, 1st Artillery, Aug. 13, 1866)

Mar., 1867; in command of Ft. Porter, N. Y., May, 1867, to Apr. 30, 1869, — and of Ft. Riley, Kan. (Light Artillery School) to Sep., 1869; as Member of Board on General Tactics, at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and St. Louis, Mo., to Feb. 16, 1870; in command of Ft. Riley, Kan., Feb. to May, 1870, — of Ft. Wood, N. Y., May, 1870, to Nov., 1872, — and of Ft. Pulaski, Ga., Nov. 21, 1872, to Aug. 13, 1873; on sick leave of absence, Aug. 13 to Nov. 3, 1873; in command at St. Augustine, Fla., Nov. 3, 1873, to Dec., 1875, — of Ft. Preble, Me., Dec. 17, 1875, to July 23, 1877, — of troops at Pittsburg, Pa., during railroad disturbances, to Aug. 26, 1877, — and of Ft. Preble, Me., Aug. 28, 1877 to Mar. 9, 1881; in command of regiment and post of Atlanta, Ga., Mar. 13 to Nov. 12, 1881,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 5th Artillery, Jan. 2, 1881)

— and of Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., to June 30, 1887; and on leave of absence,

(Colonel, 5th Artillery, Sep. 14, 1883)

June 30 to Aug. 10, 1887.

Retired from Active Service, Aug. 10, 1887, he being 64 Years of Age.

Civil History. — Lay Deputy from Florida to the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church, at New York city, 1874.

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

Military History. — Retired officer.

Died July 15, 1900, at Brooklyn, N. Y.: Aged 77.

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