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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1854

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

John Pegram

(Ap'd Va.)


Born Jan. 24, 1832, Petersburg, VA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1850, to July 1, 1854, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut. of Dragoons, July 1, 1854.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Tejon, Cal., 1854‑55, — Ft. Riley,

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

Kan., 1855‑56, — Ft. Lookout, Dak., 1856, — and Ft. Randall, Dak., 1857; at the Military Academy as Asst. Instructor of Cavalry, Jan. 12 to Sep. 11, 1857; on frontier duty as Adjutant, 2d Dragoons, Sep. 8,

(First Lieut., Second Dragoons, Feb. 28, 1857)

1857, to Aug. 8, 1859, being on Utah Expedition, 1857‑58; on leave of absence in Europe, 1858‑60; and on frontier duty on Navajo Expedition, 1860, — Albuquerque, N. M., 1860, — Scouting, 1860, being engaged in a Skirmish, Oct. 24, 1860, — and at Taos, N. M., 1860‑61.

Resigned, May 10, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States,​a and was Mortally Wounded in the Combat of Hatcher's Run, Va.

Died of Wounds, Feb. 6, 1865, at Petersburg, Va.: Aged 33.

Buried, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. The deficiency is made good on several websites, among which Rich Mountain Battlefield focuses on his military career, and E‑History at OSU on biographical aspects.

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