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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1851

Vol. II

(Born N. C.)

Alexander McRae

(Ap'd N. C.)


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., Mounted Riflemen, July 1, 1851.

Second Lieut., Mounted Riflemen, July 1, 1851.

Served: in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1851‑52; on frontier duty at Ft. Merrill, Tex., 1852, — Ft. Ewell, Tex., 1852, — Scouting, 1852‑53, — Ft. Merrill, Tex., 1853‑54, — Ft. Inge, Tex., 1854, — Scouting, 1854‑55, — Ft. Clark, Tex., 1855‑56, — conducting Recruits to New Mexico, 1856, — Ft. Union, N. M., 1856‑57, — Bent's Fork, Col., 1857, — escorting Governor of New Mexico, 1857, — Ft. Craig, N. M., 1857‑58,

(First Lieut., Mounted Riflemen, Jan. 26, 1857)

— Ft. Union, N. M., 1858, — and on March to Utah, 1858; on Recruiting service, 1858‑60; and on frontier duty at Ft. Union, N. M., 1860‑61, — Scouting, 1861, — Ft. Union, N. M., 1861, — and Ft. Stanton, N. M., 1861.

Captain, Mounted Riflemen, June 10, 1861: 3d Cavalry, Aug. 3, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑62, in Operations in New Mexico, being engaged in the Combat of Valverde, where he was

Killed,​1 Feb. 21, 1862: Aged 32.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

The Author's Note:

1 Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Canby, in his official report of the Combat of Valverde, says: "Among the killed is one, isolated by peculiar circumstances, whose memory deserves notice from a higher authority than mine. Pure in character, upright in conduct, devoted to his profession, and of a loyalty that was deaf to the seductions of family and friends, Captain McRae died, as he had lived, an example of the best and highest qualities that man can possess."

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