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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1848

Vol. II

(Born Ky.)

William N. R. Beall

(Ap'd Ark.)


William Nelson Rector Beall: Born Mar. 20, 1825, Bardstown, KY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1844, to July 1, 1848, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Infantry, July 1, 1848.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Mackinac, Mich., 1848‑49, — Ft.

(Second Lieut., 5th Infantry, Apr. 30, 1849)

Gibson, I. T., 1849‑50, — Ft. Towson, I. T., 1850‑51, — Exploring Expedition in Texas, 1851, — Ft. Belknap, Tex., 1851‑53, — Ft. McIntosh,

(First Lieut., 1st Cavalry, Mar. 3, 1855)

Tex., 1853‑55, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1855, — Sioux Expedition, 1855,

(Captain, 1st Cavalry, Mar. 27, 1855)

— Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1855‑56, — quelling Kansas disturbances, 1856‑57, — Cheyenne Expedition, 1857, being engaged in the Combat on Solomon's Fork of Kansas River, July 29, 1857, and against Kiowa and Comanche Indians, in a Skirmish near Grand Saline, Aug. 6, 1857, — Ft. Riley, Kan., 1857‑58, — March to Ft. Arbuckle, via Ft. Kearny, 1858, — Ft. Smith, Ark., 1859, — March to Ft. Arbuckle, I. T., 1859, — Ft. Cobb, I. T., 1858‑60, — and Kiowa and Comanche Expedition, 1860, on which he was engaged in several Skirmishes; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1860; and on frontier duty at Ft. Smith, Ark., 1860‑61.

Resigned, Aug. 20, 1861.

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

Civil History. — General Commission Merchant, St. Louis, Mo., 1866‑83.

Died, July 26, 1883, at McMinnville, Ten.: Aged 58.

Buried, Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, TN.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: according to the Southern Historical Society Papers he was promoted to Brigadier-General on April 11, 1862. He commanded a brigade of the Army of West and was captured at Port Hudson, July 9, 1863. The S. H. S. P. go on to say that in 1864 and 1865 he commanded a brigade in the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana; but it seems (see the Find-a‑Grave page linked above, among others) that he was a Federal prisoner until the end of the war, mostly in New York City, on and off parole depending on how his cotton-smuggling business was doing.

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