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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1853

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Richard C. Duryea

(Ap'd N. Y.)


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. Independence, Mas., 1853‑54; Ft. Moultrie,

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, Dec. 24, 1853)

S. C., 1854‑55, 1855‑56, — and Key West, Fla., 1856; in Florida

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Dec. 6, 1855)

Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1856‑58; in garrison at Key West, Fla., 1858, — and Ft. Adams, R. I., 1858‑59; and on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1859, 1859‑60, 1860; in garrison at Baton Rouge, La., 1860‑61, — Ft. McHenry, Md., 1861, and Washington, D. C., 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in Defense of Fort Pickens, Fla., Apr. 19, 1861, to May 11, 1862,​a — and of

(Captain, 1st Artillery, May 14, 1861)

Pensacola, May 13 to Aug. 31, 1862, being engaged in the Repulse of the Rebel Attack on Santa Rosa Island, Fla., Oct. 9, 1861, — and the Bombardments of Ft. Pickens, Nov. 22‑23, 1861, and Jan. 1 and May 9, 1862; in the Department of the Gulf, at New Orleans, La., Sep. 2, 1862, to Feb. 5, 1863, — and at Plaquemine City, La., Feb. 6‑28, 1863; as Chief of Artillery of 3d Division, 19th Army Corps, in the Teche Campaign; Mar. to July, 1863, being engaged in the Combat of Camp Bisland, La., Apr. 12‑13, 1863, — Action at Centreville, La., Apr. 14, 1863, — and Siege of Port Hudson, May 27 to July 8, 1863; on leave of absence,

(Bvt. Major, July 8, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Capture of Port Hudson, La.)

July 26 to Aug. 24, 1863; as Superintendent of Volunteer Recruiting Service for the State of Michigan, and Mustering and Disbursing Officer, at Detroit, Mich., Aug. 24 to Nov., 1864; in the Siege of Petersburg,

(Colonel, 7th New York Heavy Artillery, Dec. 26, 1864)

 p536  Va., Jan. 12 to Mar. 15, 1865; in command of Ohio Provisional Brigade in the Shenandoah Valley, Mar. to July, 1865; in garrison in

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

the Defenses of Washington, D. C., July to Oct., 1865, — Ft. Trumbull,

(Mustered out of Volunteer Service, July 3, 1865)

Ct., Oct., 1865, to Oct., 1866; on leave of absence, Oct. 11 to Nov. 10, 1866.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Trumbull, Ct., Nov., 1866, to Apr., 1869 (on Court Martial at New York city, Feb. 2 to Apr. 21, 1868), — and Madison Barracks, N. Y., to Oct. 25, 1870; and on leave of absence, Dec. 15, 1870.

Mustered out of Service (Act of July 15, 1870), Dec. 15, 1870.

Civil History. — Merchant, 1870‑74. Inspector of U. S. Harbor Improvements, Sheboygan, Mich., 1874‑78, and at Grand Haven, Mich., since 1880.

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

Civil History. — Unknown.

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

Civil History. — Inspector of Harbor and Harbor Works, Grand Haven, Mich., 1882 to 1902.

Died Jan. 23, 1902, at Grand Haven, Mich.: Aged 72.

See Annual Association of Graduates U. S. M. A., 1902, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Thayer's Note:

a The fort, deep in Southern territory, held out for the duration of the war; strategically commanding the Gulf of Mexico. The details of the contest in the early months of the war are interesting: "Civil War Operations in and around Pensacola" (FlaHQ 36:125‑165).

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