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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1850

Vol. II

(Born Md.)

William T. Magruder

(Ap'd Md.)


William Thomas Magruder: Born Prince George's Co., MD.

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 Dragoons, July 1, 1850.

Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1850‑51; on frontier duty at Ft. Snelling, Min., 1851‑53, — Scouting, 1851, — in

(Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Oct. 9, 1851)

 p415  pursuit of Chippewa Indians, and in a Skirmish with them at St. Croix Falls, Min., Apr. 28, 1853, killing one with his own hands, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1854, — Quartermaster, 1st Dragoons, Aug. 1, 1854, to June 30, 1858, — Ft. Union, N. M., 1854‑55, — and Taos, N. M., 1855; on Expedition against the Utah and Apache Indians, 1855, being engaged

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

in a Skirmish in the Chow-a‑tah Pass, Mar. 19, 1855, — Skirmish beyond Punch Pass, Mar. 22, 1855, — and Surprise of 200 Utah Indians, Apr. 29, 1855, on the head-waters of the Arkansas; on frontier duty at Ft. Union, N. M., 1855‑56, — March to California, 1856, — and at Ft. Tejon, Cal., 1856‑58; on Recruiting Service, 1858‑60; as Adjutant, 1st Dragoons, May 1 to Sep. 26, 1860; on leave of absence, 1860‑61; and on frontier

(Captain, 1st Dragoons, Jan. 8, 1861: 1st Cavalry, Aug. 3, 1861)

duty at Camp Sprague, D. C.,​a 1862.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1862: in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), July 1 to Aug. 3, 1862; and on leave of absence, Aug. 3 to Oct. 1, 1862.

Resigned, Oct. 1, 1862.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States,​b and was

Killed, July 3, 1863, at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa.: Aged 37.

Buried, Magruder Family Cemetery, Bladensburg, MD.

Thayer's Notes:

a The Register actually has "Camp Sprague, Cal." The most diligent searches, both by me and by John Stanton of FortWiki who combed thru the specialized literature of American forts and camps, turn up no such place, and it seems clear that it is a mistake by Gen. Cullum, following Capt. Magruder's last post, which was in California. The correction here is my own, based on his next assignment with the Army of Virginia: there was a sizable Camp Sprague in the District of Columbia early in the war.

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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 Adjutant-General of Davis's Brigade, Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Heth's Division, Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.A. P. Hill's Corps, Army Northern Virginia.

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