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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1849

Vol. II

(Born O.)

William Silvey

(Ap'd O.)


Born Zanesville, OH.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1845, to July 1, 1849, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1849.

Served: in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1849‑50;

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, Nov. 6, 1849)

in garrison at Ft. Sullivan, Me., 1850; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1850‑53; on Recruiting service, 1853‑54; in garrison

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Oct. 31, 1853)

at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1854; at the Military Academy, 1854‑57, as Asst. Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics, Apr. 26, 1854, to Aug. 16,  p375 1856, — and Principal Asst. Professor, Aug. 16, 1856, to Nov. 1, 1857; and as Adjutant, 1st Artillery, July 1, 1857, to May 14, 1861, at Ft. Moultrie, S. C., 1857‑60, — and Baltimore, Md., 1860; and on leave of absence, 1860‑61.

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

(Captain, 1st Artillery, May 14, 1861)

Superintendent of Volunteer Recruiting Service, and Chief Mustering and Disbursing Officer for the State of Rhode Island, Dec., 1861, to Mar., 1864, — and for the State of New Hampshire, Mar. 23, 1864, to Apr. 30, 1866; as Acting Asst. Provost Marshal General for the State of Rhode Island, Mar., 1863, to Mar., 1864, — and for the State of New

(Bvt. Major, Mar. 30, 1865, for Meritorious and Faithful Services
in the Recruitment of the Armies of the United States)

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Nov. 13, 1865, for Faithful and Meritorious Services
in connection with the Mustering out of Service and Disbanding
of the Volunteer Armies of the United States)

Hampshire, Mar. 23, 1864, to Apr. 30, 1866; and in command of his Regiment, Dec., 1863, to Jan., 1866.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Trumbull, Ct., May 9, 1866, to Apr. 20, 1869, — and Ft. Ontario, N. Y., Apr. 21, 1869, to Nov. 9, 1872; and on

(Major, 5th Artillery, Feb. 7, 1875)

sick leave of absence, Nov. 9, 1872, to May 1, 1875.

Retired from Active Service, May 1, 1875,
for Disability contracted in the Line of Duty.

Died, Oct. 23, 1875, at Oswego, N. Y.: Aged 50.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1876, for an obituary notice.º

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a Maj. Silvey's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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