[image ALT: Much of my site will be useless to you if you've got the images turned off!]
Bill Thayer

[image ALT: Cliccare qui per una pagina di aiuto in Italiano.]

[Link to a series of help pages]
[Link to the next level up]
[Link to my homepage]
This site is not affiliated with the US Military Academy.
[decorative delimiter]

 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1852

Vol. II

(Born N. C.)

Matthew L. Davis

(Ap'd N. C.)


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

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, July 1, 1852.

 p493  Served: in garrison at Newport Barracks, Ky., 1852‑53; and on frontier

(Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, July 1, 1852)

duty at Ft. Conrad, N. M., 1853‑54, — Ft. Craig, N. M., 1854, 1855‑56, — Scouting, 1856, against Apache Indians, being engaged in Skirmishes on the Sierra del Almagre, N. M., Mar. 21 and 29, 1856, — Ft. Craig, N. M., 1856‑57, — Gila Expedition, 1857, being engaged in the Combat on Gila River, June 27, 1857, where he was wounded, — Ft. Craig, N. M., 1857‑58, — Cantonment Burgwin, N. M., 1858‑59, —

(First Lieut., 3d Infantry, Jan. 14, 1858)

Albuquerque, N. M., 1859, — Hatch's Ranch, N. M., 1859, — Albuquerque, N. M., 1859‑60, — March to Texas, 1860, — Ft. Clark, Tex., 1860, — Ft. McIntosh, Tex., 1860‑61, — and Camp Wetherell (mouth of the Rio Grande), Tex., 1861.

Resigned, May 13, 1861.

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

Died, Apr. 23, 1862, while en route from Richmond, Va., to Raleigh, N. C.: Aged 33.

Buried, Willow Dale Cemetery, Goldsboro, NC.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. It was very brief: according to the page at Find-a‑Grave linked to above, he was commissioned a colonel on April 12, 1862 and died only eleven days later.

[image ALT: Valid HTML 4.01.]

Page updated: 28 Dec 14