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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1852

Vol. II

(Born Ky.)

George Blakeº Cosby

(Ap'd Ky.)


Born Jan. 19, 1830.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1848, to July 1, 1852, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Mounted Rifle­men, July 1, 1852.

Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1852‑53; on frontier duty at Ft. Ewell, Tex., 1853, — Ft. Merrill, Tex., 1853, — Edinburg,

(Second Lieut., Mounted Rifle­men, Sep. 16, 1853)

Tex., 1853‑54, — Ft. Merrill, Tex., 1854, — Scouting, 1854, being engaged against Comanche Indians, in a Skirmish near Lake Trinidad, Tex., May 9, 1854, where he was severely wounded, — Ft. Merrill, Tex., 1854, — and Ft. Clark, Tex., 1854‑55; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks,

(Second Lieut., 2d Cavalry, Mar. 3, 1855)

 p484  Mo., 1855; at the Military Academy, as Assistant Instructor of Cavalry, Sep. 26, 1855, to Jan. 23, 1857; on frontier duty at Camp Colorado,

(First Lieut., 2d Cavalry, May 1, 1856)

Tex., 1857, — Escorting Topographical party in Tex., 1857‑58, — Camp Radziminski, Tex., 1859, — Camp Colorado, Tex., 1859, — Scouting, 1859, being engaged against Comanche Indians in the Combat of Nescutunga Valley, May 13, 1859, — and Ft. Mason, Tex., 1859‑60; on leave of absence, 1860; on frontier duty at Ft. Mason, Tex., 1860‑61; and on leave

(Captain, 2d Cavalry, May 9, 1861)

of absence, 1861.

Resigned, May 10, 1861.

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

Civil History. — Farmer, Butte County, Cal., 1868‑78. Secretary of the Board of State Engineers of California, 1878‑83. Adjutant-General of the State of California, 1883‑87. Member of the Board of Visitors to the U. S. Military Academy, 1886. Superintendent of Construction of U. S. Building, Sacramento, Cal., 188. Recording Clerk in the Office of the Secretary of State of California, since 1888.

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

Civil History. — He has held since 1890 the following positions in civil life: Deputy Secretary of State.º — Superintendent of construction of Post-office building at Sacramento. — Indian Agent. — Receiver of Land Office at Sacramento, Cal., which latter position he is now filling. — Post-office address, Sacramento, Cal.

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

Civil History. — Indian Agent. — Receiver of Land Office at Sacramento, Cal., 1900‑1901. — Residence, Oakland, Cal.

Died by his own hand June 29, 1909, at San Francisco, Cal.: Aged 78.

Buried, Sacramento City Cemetery, Sacramento, CA.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record; it is well summarized on the Find-a‑Grave page linked above.

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