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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1849

Vol. II

(Born Ten.)

John W. Frazer

(Ap'd Mis.)


John Wesley Frazer: Born Jan. 6, 1827, Hardin Co., TN.

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., 2d Infantry, July 1, 1849.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1849‑50; on frontier duty

(Second Lieut., 2d Infantry, June 30, 1850)

at San Miguel, Cal., 1850, — Benicia, Cal., 1850, — and Camp Far West, Cal., 1851‑55; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1855; on Recruiting

(First Lieut., 9th Infantry, Mar. 3, 1855)

service, 1855‑57; on frontier duty at Ft. Simcoe, Wash., 1858‑59, —

(Captain, 9th Infantry, May 1, 1857)

March to Okinakane Valley, Wash., 1859, — Camp Osgood, Wash., 1859, — and Ft. Colville, Wash., 1859‑60; and on leave of absence, 1860‑61.

Resigned, Mar. 15, 1861.

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

Civil History. — Merchant and Planter, Memphis, Ten., 1866‑74. History unknown since 1874.

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

Civil History. — Unknown.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — Unknown.

Died March 31, 1906, at New York, N. Y.: Aged 79.

Buried, Clifton Springs Village Cemetery, Clifton Springs, NY.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1908, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. His tombstone (q.v.) gives a good summary:

[. . .]

Appointment from Mississippi to West Point Military Academy graduated Class of 1849

Civil War Brigadier General: Confederate States of America C. S. A.

Department of the Peninsula with the 8th Alabama Infantry Regiment

Army of the Mississippi with the 28th Alabama Infantry Regiment

Army of Tennessee with the 28th Alabama Infantry Regiment

Army of Tennessee Brigade Commander under General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Simon B. Buckner

Army of Tennessee Commander of all troops in Eastern Tennessee at Cumberland Gap

Captured at Cumberland Gap Tennessee and sent to Fort Warren and Johnson's Island until end of war

The Southern Historical Society Papers supply a few additional details: Brigadier-General, May 3, 1863; commanding Fifth Brigade, Army of East Tennessee; taken prisoner September 9, 1863 at Cumberland Gap, where he surrendered to Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Burnside.

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