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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1847

Vol. II

(Born Mo.)

Peter W. L. Plympton​1

(Ap'd at Large)


Peter William Livingston Plympton: Born Feb. 23, 1827.

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

Bvt. Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1847.

Served: in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48; in garrison at Jefferson

(Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, Sep. 13, 1847)

Barracks, Mo., 1848‑49; on frontier duty, on March to New Mexico, 1849, — Santa Fé, N. M., 1850, — and Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1850; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1850‑51; on frontier duty at Ft. Washita, I. T., 1851, 1851‑52, — and Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1852‑55; on

(First Lieut., 7th Infantry, Mar. 3, 1855)

Recruiting service, 1855‑56; and on frontier duty at Ft. Smith, Ark., 1856‑57, — Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1857‑58, — Utah Expedition, 1858‑59, — Conducting recruits to New Mexico, 1860, — Ft. Washita, I. T., 1860‑61, — Ft. McLane, N. M., 1861, — and Los Lunas, N. M.,º 1861.

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

(Captain, 7th Infantry, Feb. 26, 1861)

Department of New Mexico, June, 1861, to Aug. 22, 1864, being engaged in the Defenses of Ft. Craig, Aug., 1861, to Feb., 1862, — Battle of

(Bvt. Major, Feb. 21, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Valverde, N. M.)

Valverde, N. M., Feb. 21, 1862, — Action of Peralta, N. M., Apr. 14‑15,

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Apr. 15, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Peralta, N. M.)

1862, — in command of Ft. Union, June‑July, 1862, and Oct., 1862, to Nov. 5, 1863, — in establishing Ft. Bascom, on Canadian River, N. M., Sep. to Dec., 1863, — as Chief Mustering and Disbursing Officer at Santa

(Major, 17th Infantry, Dec. 3, 1863)

Fé, N. M., Dec., 1863, to June, 1864, — on Confidential Mission to Chihuahua, Mex., Feb. to May, 1864, — and in command of Ft. Defiance, N. M., superintending the removal of the Navajo tribe to a reservation, June 29 to July 29, 1864; in garrison in New York Harbor, Aug., 1864, to Nov. 16, 1865, — and at Hart Island, N. Y., Nov. 16, 1865, to Apr. 6, 1866; and on frontier duty at Galveston, Tex., Apr. 16 to Aug. 10, 1866.

Died, Aug. 10, 1866, at Galveston, Tex.: Aged 39.

Burial: "Body lost or destroyed"

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Colonel Joseph Plympton, 7th U. S. Infantry.

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