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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1851

Vol. II

(Born Ten.)

William T. Welcker

(Ap'd Ten.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1847, to July 1, 1851, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Ordnance, July 1, 1851.

Served: as Assistant at St. Louis Arsenal, Mo., 1851‑53, — and at Benicia

(Second Lieut., Ordnance, June 26, 1853)

Arsenal, Cal., 1853‑56; as Acting Top. Engineer and Aide‑de-

(First Lieut., Ordnance, July 1, 1855)

Camp to Colonel Wright, on Yakima Expedition, 1856, being present in a skirmish at the Cascades, Wash., Mar. 28, 1856; in command of Vancouver Ordnance Depot, Wash., 1856‑57; as Assistant at Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., 1858‑59; and in command of Vancouver Ordnance Depot, Wash., 1861.

Dismissed, July 22, 1861, "Having given proof of his Disloyalty."

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

Civil History. — Counselor at Law in Idaho, 1866‑67, and at San Francisco, Cal., since 1887. Mining in British Columbia, 1867. Agent, at Victoria, B. C., of California, Oregon, and Mexico Steamship Company, 1867‑69. Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, Cal., 1869‑81 and Chief of Military Instruction, 1871‑77. Author of "Welcker's Military Lessons," and of "Advanced Algebra," 1880. Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of California, 1883‑87. Fruit and Vine Culturist, since 1881.

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

Civil History. — Attorney at Law, San Francisco, Cal.

[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

 p73  Died Nov. 3, 1900, at Berkeley, Cal.: Aged 70.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1901, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: the Southern Historical Society Papers put him on the staff of Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Van Dorn in 1862 with the rank of Major — apparently his highest rank during the war — but offer no further information.

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