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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1853

Vol. II

(Born Mo.)

Lucius L. Rich

(Ap'd Mo.)


Lucius Loomis Rich: Born Sep. –––––, 1831, Liberty, MO.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1848, to July 1, 1853, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

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

Served: in garrison at Newport Barracks, Ky., 1853‑54; on frontier duty at Ft. McIntosh, Tex., 1854‑55, — Ft. Clark, Tex., 1855‑56,

(Second Lieut., 5th Infantry, Mar. 3, 1855)

— Ft. McIntosh, Tex., 1856, — and Scouting, 1856, being engaged against Lipan Indians in a Skirmish on the head waters of Nueces River, Tex., Apr. 13, 1856; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1856‑57, being engaged in a Skirmish, Mar. 6, 1856; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1857; as Aide-de‑Camp to Brig.‑General Harney, July 11 to Nov. 4, 1857; on frontier duty on Utah Expedition, 1857‑58,  p571 1859‑60, — March to New Mexico, 1860, — Navajo Expedition, 1860, —

(First Lieut., 5th Infantry, Jan. 19, 1859)

and Ft. Fauntleroy, N. M., 1860; and as Signal Officer of the Department of New Mexico, 1861.​a

Resigned, May 13, 1861.

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

Died, Aug., 1862, at Mobile, Ala.,​c
of Wounds received in the Battle of Shiloh, Ten.: Aged 32.

Buried, Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, AL.

Thayer's Notes:

a The Signal Corps, authorized by Congress just eight months before, was an innovation being given its first field tests in the Navajo Expedition in New Mexico; there was no Signal Corps anywhere else, and in the early days of the war its usefulness was apparently appreciated only by the South: see Samuel T. Cushing, The Acting Signal Corps.

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record; since he died early in the war, it is brief: for a summary, see the Find-a‑Grave page linked above.

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c The Find-a‑Grave page linked above puts his death at Okolona, MS. I don't know which is correct.

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