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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1850

Vol. II

(Born Mas.)

Powell T. Wyman

(Ap'd Mas.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1846, to July 1, 1850, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Artillery, July 1, 1850.

Served: in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1850; in  p412 garrison at Ft. Adams, R. I., 1850‑51; on frontier duty at Astoria, Or.,

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, Sep. 16, 1850)

1851, — and Ft. Orford, Or., 1851‑53; on Recruiting service, 1853; in

(Firstº Lieut., 1st Artillery, Dec. 24, 1853)

garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., 1853‑54, — and Ft. Monroe, Va., 1854‑55; as Adjutant, 1st Artillery, Nov. 4, 1854, to May 25, 1857, — at Ft. McHenry, Md., 1855‑56, — and at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1856; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1856‑57; in garrison at Ft. Moultrie, S. C., 1857‑58, — and at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1858‑59; and on leave of absence, 1859‑60.a

Resigned, July 13, 1860.

Civil History. — In Europe at the time of his resignation from the Army till the breaking out of the Rebellion in 1861, when he immediately returned and tendered his services to the Governor of Massachusetts, his native State.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding

(Colonel, 16th Massachusetts Volunteers, Aug. 5, 1861)

States, 1861‑62; in the Department of Virginia, Aug., 1861, to Mar., 1862; and in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to June, 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Battle of Fair Oaks, May 31-June 1, 1862, — Battle of Gaines's Mill, June 27, 1862, — and Battle of Glendale, where, while leading his regiment in a charge, he was

Killed, June 30, 1862: Aged 34.

Thayer's Note:

a Not your plain-vanilla, run-of-the‑mill leave of absence: Lt. Wyman went to Florence, Italy, where Eliza Crane, the wife of fellow West Pointer Capt. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.John M. Brannan was waiting for him. They tied the nuptial knot there, although she was still married to Brannan. When Wyman was killed, proceedings for divorce were filed by her husband: they were success­ful. Newspaper readers were regaled with details of it all for months; many of them true. The Powell Wyman page at FortWiki has further good information.

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