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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1851

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

Henry E. Maynadier​1

(Ap'd at Large)


Henry Eveleth Maynadier: Born Norfolk, VA.

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., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1851.

Served: in garrison at Baton Rouge, La., 1851, — New Orleans Barracks, La., 1852, East Pascagoula, Mis., 1852, — New Orleans Barracks,

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, Feb. 29, 1852)

La., 1852‑53, — and Baton Rouge, La., 1853; on frontier duty at Ft. Duncan, Tex., 1853‑54; in garrison at Baton Rouge, La., 1854‑55, — and Ft. McHenry, Md., 1855; as Quartermaster, 10th Infantry, Apr. 7

(First Lieut., 10th Infantry, Mar. 3, 1855)

to Oct. 20, 1855, at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.; as Adjutant 10th Infantry, Oct. 20, 1855, to Oct. 1, 1858, at Ft. Snelling, Min., 1855‑56, — Ft. Ridgely, Min., 1856‑57, — and Utah Expedition, 1857‑58; on Expedition for survey and exploration of the Upper Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers, 1859‑61; and commanding escort to emigrants to the Pacific Coast, 1861.

Captain, 10th Infantry, Jan. 19, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in command of Battalion in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., Jan. 21 to Feb. 16, 1862; as Ordnance Officer to the Mississippi Mortar Flotilla, Feb. 26 to Oct., 1862, being engaged in the Bombardment of Island No. 10, Mar. 15 to Apr. 8, 1862, — Attack on Ft. Pillow, Ten., Apr. 14 to June 4, 1862, — Naval Action before Memphis, Ten., June 6, 1862, — and Attack on Chickasaw Bluff and Bombardment of Vicksburg, Mis., July 2‑25, 1862; on March to Falmouth, Va. (Army of the Potomac), Oct.‑Nov., 1862, being engaged in a Skirmish at Snicker's Gap, Nov. 3, 1862; in command of Battalion in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Dec. 9, 1862, to Mar. 15, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862; in charge of Enrollment Bureau in Provost Marshal General's Office at Washington, D. C., May 19, 1863, to Apr. 8, 1864; in Organizing and accompanying Expedition to

(Major, 12th Infantry, Nov. 4, 1863)

Idaho Territory, May to Aug., 1864;​a on Board for Inspecting Hospitals in the State of Michigan, Sep.‑Oct., 1864; on Special duty in the Adjutant-General's Office at Washington, D. C., Oct.‑Nov., 1864; in command of 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, at Elmira, N. Y., Nov.‑Dec., 1864; on Board of Officers at Springfield, Mas., Dec., 1864, to Jan., 1865; on detached service at Washington, D. C., Jan. to Mar., 1865; and

(Colonel, 5th U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 27, 1865)

in Department of the Missouri, Mar. 27 to Aug. 31, 1866.

Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Mar. 13, 1865,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion.

 p453  Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion, and particularly while Commanding Mortar Flotilla, under Admiral Foote, U. S. Navy, during Operations upon Island No. 10, and other Rebel Forts on the Mississippi River.

Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Distinguished Services on the Frontier while Operating against Hostile Indians, and accomplishing much toward Bringing about a Peace with late Hostile Tribes.

Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Aug. 30, 1866.

Served: on leave of absence, Oct. 8, 1866, to Jan. 9, 1867; in garrison at Washington, D. C., Jan. 9 to July 6, 1867; in arrest to Jan. 7, 1868; and in garrison at Darlington, S. C., to May, 1868, — Charleston, S. C., to Aug. 14, 1868, — and Savannah, Ga., to Dec. 3, 1868.

Died, Dec. 3, 1868, at Savannah, Ga.: Aged 38.

Buried, Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Bvt. Brig.‑General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.William Maynadier, Colonel of Ordnance.

Thayer's Note:

a During the brief time of his Idaho expedition, he is recorded as having commanded Fort Laramie (Wyoming), where he is best known as a witness to, or source of, the tale of "Falling Leaf". David L. Hieb tells the story in Fort Laramie National Monument • Wyoming, p17; my footnote there gives a fairly divergent version current a decade later, but said to have been vouched for by Gen. Maynadier.

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