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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1815

Vol. I

(Born Eng.)

Thomas J. Leslie​a

(Ap'd Pa.)

Thomas Jefferson Leslie: Born Nov. 2, 1796, London, England.

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, July 5, 1813, to Mar. 4, 1815, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Mar. 4, 1815.

Served: as Paymaster of Engineers, Nov. 27, 1815, to July 7, 1838, at West Point, N. Y., 1815‑21, 1822‑38, and at Washington, D. C., 1821‑22,

(Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Oct. 31, 1816)

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Mar. 31, 1819)

(Bvt. Captain, Mar. 31, 1829, For Faithful Service Ten Years in one Grade)

(Transferred, July 7, 1838, as Major, Staff — Paymaster, to rank from Nov. 27, 1815)

and as Treasurer of the Military Academy, Oct. 31, 1816, to Dec. 11, 1841; as Paymaster at West Point, N. Y., 1838‑41, — of New York District, 1841‑46, — as Chief Paymaster at New Orleans, La., 1846‑47, — of New York District, 1847‑49, — of Charleston harbor, S. C., and Florida

 p142  (Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff — Dep. Paymaster-Gen., Mar. 3, 1847: Declined)

District, 1849‑50, — of New York District, 1850‑54, — at St. Paul, Min., 1854‑55, — at St. Louis, Mo., 1855‑56, — at Washington, D. C., 1856‑57, — and at New York city, 1857‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66, as Chief of Paymaster's Department for the New York District, 1861‑69.

Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, — Bvt. Colonel, — and Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865, for Faithful and Meritorious Performance of Duty in the Pay Department during the continuous period of Fifty Years' Service.

Retired from Active Service, Feb. 3, 1869,
"having been borne on the Army Register more than 45 Years."

Died, Nov. 25, 1874, at New York city: Aged 77.

Buried, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a His brother Charles Robert Leslie was a well-known and rather good painter; his sister Eliza Leslie, often referred to simply as "Miss Leslie" was the author of a number of very success­ful cookbooks.

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