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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1851

Vol. II

(Born La.)

Edward A. Palfrey

(Ap'd La.)


Born 1830, New Orleans, LA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1846, to July 1, 1851, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1851.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1851‑52; and on frontier

(Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, Aug. 24, 1851)

duty at Ringgold Barracks, Tex., and Scouting, 1852‑53, being engaged against Carvajal's Mexican marauders, captured at Rio Grande City, Tex., Apr. 1, 1853, — Ft. Brown, Tex., 1853‑54, — Ft. Belknap, Tex., 1854, — Austin, Tex., 1854‑56, — and San Antonio, Tex., 1856.

First Lieut., 7th Infantry, Jan. 9, 1856.

Resigned, Aug. 1, 1857.

 p469  Civil History. — Bank Officer, New Orleans, La., 1857‑61. Colonel, Staff (Quartermaster-General of the State of Louisiana), 1857‑61.

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

Civil History. — Secretary of the Factors' and Traders' Insurance Company, New Orleans, La., 1868‑78; and President, since 1878.

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

Civil History. — Insurance agent. — Member Board of Liquidation City Debt, City of New Orleans, June, 1880. — Vice-President, July, 1880. — President Board of Governors Louisiana Historical Association, March, 1893. — Post-office address, 328 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, La.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — Unknown. — Residence, Dallas, Texas.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

Civil History. — President Board of Governors Louisiana Historical Association, March, 1893, till March, 1901.

Died March 19, 1901, at Hammond, La.: Aged 77.

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. In Confederate Military History (Clement Anselm Evans, ed., 1899), X.535, we read: "In the spring of 1861 he was appointed by the secretary of war at Richmond, adjutant-general on the staff of General Lovell, commanding at New Orleans, and he served in this capacity until the surrender of the city. Afterward he was on duty at Vicksburg on the staff of General Lovell, until June, 1862, when he was ordered to Richmond and put in charge of the appointment bureau of the adjutant and inspector-general's office, with the rank of major. In 1863 he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel. He continued at Richmond in the performance of his duties until the capital was evacuated, when he accompanied President Davis and party to Charlotte, N. C., and thence to Athens, Ga., where he was captured and sent to Montgomery, Ala., and paroled."

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