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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1853

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

La Rhett L. Livingston

(Ap'd N. Y.)


La Rhett Loralzo Livingston​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1849, to July 1, 1853, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Artillery, July 1, 1853.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Capron, Fla., 1853‑54; on frontier duty on

(Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, Dec. 24, 1853)

March through Utah to California, 1854‑55, — Ft. Miller, Cal., 1855‑56,

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, Jan. 3, 1856)

Indian Hostilities in Tulare Valley, Cal., 1856, — Ft. Miller, Cal., 1856‑58, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1858, — March to Ft. Ridgely, Min., 1858‑59, — March to Sioux Agency, 1859, — and Ft. Ridgely, Min., 1859; on leave of absence, 1859‑60; in conducting recruits to Oregon, via Upper Missouri River and Columbia, 1860; on frontier duty at Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1860‑61; and in garrison at San Francisco Harbor, Cal., 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in the

(Captain, 3d Artillery, Oct. 26, 1861)

Defenses of Washington, D. C., Nov. 17, 1861, to Mar. 10, 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), in command of Battery, Mar. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — and Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862; on

(Bvt. Major, July 1, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Malvern Hill, Va.)

sick leave of absence, Aug. 25 to Oct. 24, 1862; on the March to Falmouth, Va., as Chief of Artillery, General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Stoneman's Division, Oct. 31 to Nov. 24, 1862; in the Rappahannock Campaign, as Chief of Artillery of 3d Army Corps (Army of the Potomac), Nov. 27 to Dec. 30, 1862, being engaged in the Bombardment and Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 11‑15, 1862; as Mustering and Disbursing Officer at Elmira, N. Y., Jan. 29, 1863, to June 16, 1864; in command of Horse Artillery Brigade, and Chief of Artillery of Cavalry Corps, during General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Sheridan's Shenandoah Campaign, July, 1864, to Mar., 1865, being engaged in the  p535 Action of Kearnysville, Aug. 26, 1864; and on Recruiting service at Ft.

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Aug. 28, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Smithfield, Va.)

Columbus, N. Y., Mar. to Oct., 1865.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Warren, Mas., Nov., 1865, to Feb., 1869 (on leave of absence, June 3 to Aug. 4, 1868), — Ft. Johnston, N. C., Feb., 1869, — and Savannah, Ga., Mar. 19, 1869, to Aug., 1872; as Member of Board for selection of Breech-loading Small-Arms, for the Military Service, Aug. 24, 1872, to May 16, 1873; in garrison at Ft. Wadsworth, N. Y., May, 1873, to May, 1875, — Ft. Wood, N. Y., May, 1875, to Oct., 1876, — Columbia, S. C., Oct. 27, 1876, to Jan., 1877, — and at Plattsburg Barracks, N. Y., Apr., 1877, to July 5, 1879, being detached to Scranton, Pa., to suppress Railroad Riots, July to Oct., 1877; in command

(Major, 4th Artillery, Apr. 10, 1879)

of post of Alcatraz Island, Cal., Oct. 13, 1879, to May 25, 1880, — of the Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., to Oct. 2, 1880, — of Alcatraz Island, Cal., to Mar. 4, 1881; on duty at the Artillery School for Practice, at Ft. Monroe, Va., Apr. 5, 1881, to July 1, 1885; in command of Ft. Warren, Mas., July 11, 1885, to Apr. 2, 1887, — and of Ft. McHenry, Md., to –––––.

Lieut.‑Colonel, 3d Artillery, Mar. 5, 1887.

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

Military History. —

(Colonel of Artillery, 3d Artillery, May 22, 1891)

Served: in command of Ft. McHenry, Md., to June, 1891, and at Washington Barracks, D. C., to May, 1893. — At Fort McPherson, Ga., to 1894, and at St. Francis Barracks, Fla., to Feb. 12, 1895.

Retired from Active Service, he being 64 Years of Age, Feb. 12, 1895.

— Residence, Washington, D. C.

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

Military History. — Retired officer. — Residence, Washington, D. C.

Died March 26, 1903, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 72.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1903, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Thayer's Note:

a Lt. Col. Livingston's middle name is from Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army.

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