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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1851

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

James Thompson

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born Delaware Co., NY.

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., 2d Artillery, July 1, 1851.

Served: in garrison at Newport Barracks, Ky., 1851,​aFt. Wood, N. Y., 1852, — and Ft. Moultrie, S. C., 1852‑54; at the Military

(Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, July 1, 1852)

Academy, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Jan. 2, 1854, to Nov. 10,

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, Aug. 16, 1854)

1857; in garrison at Ft. Independence, Mas., 1858‑59; on leave of absence, 1859‑60; in garrison at Ft. Independence, Mas., 1860; on frontier duty at Ft. Brown, Tex., 1860‑61; and in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in Defense of Ft. Pickens, Fla., Apr. 19 to July 3, 1861; in the Manassas Campaign of July, 1861, being engaged in the Battle of Bull Run,

(Captain, 2d Artillery, June 14, 1861)

July 21, 1861; in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., July 23, 1861, to Mar. 17, 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to July, 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Battle of Williamsburg, May 5, 1862, — Battle  p441 of Fair Oaks, May 31 to June 1, 1862, — Skirmishes, June 25 and 29, 1862, near Seven Pines, — Battle of Glendale, June 30, 1862, — Battle

(Bvt. Major, June 30, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Glendale, Va.)

of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, — and Skirmish at Harrison's Landing, July 2, 1862; on sick leave of absence, July 25 to Aug. 29, 1862; as Chief of Artillery, in Defense of Cincinnati during Rebel Raid, Sep., 1862, — of Department of Ohio, Oct., 1862, to Apr., 1863, — and Army of Kentucky, Apr. to Oct. 1863, being engaged in the Defense of Franklin, Ten., Apr. 10, 1863, and Battle of Chickamauga, Ga., Sep. 20, 1863; in Organizing Artillery Regiment in Kentucky, Oct., 1863, to Apr. 18, 1864; on Mustering and Disbursing duty at Louisville, Ky., Mar. to May, 1864, and at Cincinnati, O., May, 1864, to Aug., 1865; in garrison

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., March 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Battle of Chickamauga, Ga.)

at Fort Point, Cal., Sep., 1864; and on Mustering and Disbursing duty at San Francisco, Cal., Oct. 16 to Dec. 21, 1865.

Served: on Recruiting service, Jan. 27, 1866, to Jan. 1, 1868; on leave of absence, Jan. 12 to Apr. 24, 1868; as Superintendent of Education, Freedmen's Bureau at Nashville, Ten., May 7, 1868, to Apr. 30,

(Retired from Active Service, May 6, 1869,
for Disability contracted in the Line of Duty)

1869; as Professor of Military Science, at Indiana State University, Dec. 14, 1869, to Feb. 12, 1870, and Nov., 1873, to Aug. 1, 1876.

Died Feb. 12, 1880, at Newport, Ky.: Aged 51.

Buried, Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate, KY.

Thayer's Note:

a His son, Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.John Taliaferro Thompson, Class of 1882, was born in Newport.

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