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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1854

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Archibald Gracie

(Ap'd N. J.)


Born Nov. 27 (?), 1832,​a New York, NY.

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

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Infantry, July 1, 1854.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1854, — Ft. Dalles, Or., 1854‑55, — Snake Expedition, 1855, — Ft. Boisé, Ida., 1855‑56, —

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

and Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1856.

Resigned, May 31, 1856.

Civil History. — Cotton Factor, Mobile, Ala., 1856‑61.

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

Killed, Dec. 2, 1864, before Petersburg, Va.: Aged 32.

Buried, Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY.

Thayer's Notes:

a On the Web, almost unanimously, his birthdate is given as December 1, possibly as a baneful effect of a cult site known for its inaccuracies yet widely copied anyway — although many print sources also give that date. His tombstone, however, (q.v.) gives the date as November 2* 1832; my best reading of the second digit in that photograph is November 27, but I'm not wedded to it. (If you have solid information, please share it!)

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: according to the Southern Historical Society Papers he was appointed Brig.‑General, Nov. 4, 1862; he commanded a brigade, of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Longstreet's Corps, Army Northern Virginia.

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