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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1848

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

William T. Mechling

(Ap'd Pa.)


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

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, July 1, 1848.

Served: on frontier duty at San Antonio, Tex., 1848‑49, — March to El

(Second Lieut., 8th Infantry, June 26, 1849)

Paso, 1849, — Ft. Bliss, Tex., 1849‑50, — San Antonio, Tex., 1850‑51, — Galveston, Tex., 1851, — San Antonio, Tex., 1851, — Quartermaster's duty, 1851‑52, — Ft. McKavett, Tex., 1852‑53, — Scouting, 1853, being engaged against Pauhan Indians, in a Skirmish, Apr. 17, 1853, — Ft. Clark, Tex., 1853, — Ft. Bliss, Tex., 1854, — Scouting against Mescalero Apache Indians,

(First Lieut., 8th Infantry, Apr. 23, 1855)

1854, — Ft. Stanton, N. M., 1855, — and Ft. Bliss, Tex., 1855.

Dismissed, Aug. 15, 1855, under the 3d Sec. of Law of Jan. 31, 1823.​a

 p364  Civil History. — Farmer, near San Antonio, Tex., 1855‑61.

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

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

Civil History. — Civil Engineer in British Honduras, 1867‑75. — Farmer in Florida and Mississippi to 1879. — Civil engineer in Costa Rica to 1882. — Civil Engineer, Texas, 1883.

Died Oct. 10, 1898, at San Antonio, Tex.: Aged 71.

Thayer's Notes:

a Requiring that disbursing officers failing to render their accounts for settlement in due time be promptly reported to the President of the United States and dismissed from the public service.

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: according to the Southern Historical Society Papers he was promoted to Major in 1864, and served as Assistant Adjutant-General to the First Cavalry Division, Army of Texas; then to Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Van Dorn.

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