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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1854

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Loomis L. Langdon

(Ap'd N. Y.)


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

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

Served: in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1854; in Florida Hostilities

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, Aug. 21, 1854)

 p587  against the Seminole Indians, 1854‑56, being engaged in an Action in Big Cypress Swamp, Apr. 7, 1856; and on frontier duty at Ft. Brown, Tex., 1857‑59, — and Brazos Santiago, Tex., 1859‑60, having charge of the dismantling

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 13, 1860)

of the Forts on the Rio Grande, and of the Stowage and Transportation of the Public Property therefrom.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in Defense of Ft. Pickens, Fla., Feb. 7, 1861, to Jan. 7, 1862,​a being engaged

(Captain, 1st Artillery, Aug. 28, 1861)

in the Repulse of the Attack on Santa Rosa Island, Fla., Oct. 9, 1861, — and the Bombardments of Ft. Pickens, Nov. 22‑23, 1861, and Jan. 1, 1862; in garrison at Ft. Jefferson, Tortugas, Fla., Feb. to June, 1862; in Operations in South Carolina, June 20, 1862, to Feb. 5, 1864, being engaged (commanding Siege and Field Batteries) in the Descent upon Morris Island, June 10, 1863, — and Siege of Ft. Wagner, July 10‑26, 1863; in command of Battery and Artillery Brigade in the Expedition to Florida, Feb. 5 to Apr. 25, 1864, being engaged in the Battle of Olustee, Feb. 20, 1864; as Chief of Artillery of 1st Division, 10th

(Bvt. Major, Feb. 20, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Olustee, Fla.)

Army Corps, in Operations on James River, near Bermuda Hundred, Va., May 5 to Sep. 28, 1864, being engaged in the Action of Howlett's House, May 10, 1864, — Assault and Capture of the enemy's Defenses near Chester Station, May 11‑14, 1864, — Battle of Drury's Bluff, May 16, 1864, — Defense of Bermuda Hundred Intrenchments, with frequent Skirmishes, May 20 to Aug. 28, 1864, — and Siege of Petersburg, Sep., 1864; in command of Battery in Operations before Richmond, Sep. 29, 1864, to March 27, 1865, being engaged in the Assault and Capture of New Market Heights, Sep. 29, 1864, — Repulse of Attack on New Market

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Sep. 29, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Attack on Ft. Gilmer, Va.)

Road, Oct. 7, 1864; as Chief of Artillery of 25th Army Corps (Army of the James), Feb. 14 to June 18, 1865, being engaged in the Capture of Richmond, Va., Apr. 3, 1865, — and Expedition to the Rio Grande, June to Aug., 1865; and Asst. Inspector-General, June 22 to July 10, 1865; on sick leave of absence, Aug. to Nov., 1865; and in command of Company at Brownsville, Tex., Nov.‑Dec., 1865, — Brazos Santiago, Tex., Dec., 1865, — and Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., Jan. to May, 1866.

Served: on Courts Martial at New York city, May 17, 1866, to Apr. 20, 1867; on leave of absence in Europe, Apr. 20 to Oct. 20, 1867; in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y. (commanding Battery), Oct. 21, 1867, to Mar. 17, 1871, being detached at various times on special services, — Plattsburg Barracks, N. Y., and on Court Martial duty, Mar. 18, 1871, to Oct. 29, 1872, — and David's Island Rendezvous, N. Y., Oct.‑Nov., 1872; in command of Ft. Jefferson, Fla., Nov. 17, 1872, to Jan. 1, 1874 (yellow fever, Sep. 6 to Oct. 8, 1873), — and of company at Barrancas Barracks, Fla., Jan. 4, 1874, to Oct. 5, 1875 (yellow fever, July 20 to Aug. 25, 1875), being engaged during Election Disturbances at New Orleans, La., and Mobile, Ala., Sep. 17 to Dec. 4, 1874; on leave of absence, Oct. 6 to Dec. 27, 1875; in garrison at Ft. Trumbull, Ct., Dec. 29, 1875, to Oct., 1876, — in South Carolina during Election Disturbances, Oct. 20, 1876 to Feb. 4, 1877, — and Ft. Trumbull, Ct., Mar. 8, 1877, to June 27, 1879, being detached to various points in Pennsylvania, and engaged with his command in suppressing Railroad Riots, July 23 to Oct. 25, 1877; on leave of absence in Europe, June 29, 1879, to Jan. 6,

(Major, 2d Artillery, Mar. 20, 1879)

 p588  1880; on Special Duty, headquarters Department of the East, and on Court Martial at Ft. Wayne, Mich., Jan. 21 to Apr. 1, 1880; as Recorder of the Warren Court of Inquiry, Apr. 2, 1880, to Nov. 14, 1881; in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., Dec. 1, 1881, to May 25, 1882, and in command to June 27, 1882, — Camp Washington, Md., and on Practice Marches, June 28 to Nov. 12, 1882, — Washington Barracks, D. C., Nov. 13, 1882, to Dec. 21, 1883, — Ft. McHenry, Md. (in command),

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 2d Artillery, Dec. 1, 1883)

Dec. 21, 1883, to June 8, 1885, — Ft. Barrancas, Fla., to July 24, 1885, — Camp W. G. Mitchell to Nov. 29, 1885, — and Ft. Barrancas, Fla., to June 13, 1886; in command of regiment and St. Francis Barracks, Fla., to Oct. 17, 1886, having charge of Apache prisoners of war; on leave of absence to Dec. 22, 1886; in command of Ft. Barrancas, Fla., and Indian captives at Ft. Pickens, Fla., Dec. 23, 1886 (commanding regiment, May 2 to Oct. 22, 1887, and Apr. 1, 1888, to Jan. 30, 1889), to Feb. 27, 1889; in

(Colonel, 1st Artillery, Jan. 25, 1889)

command of regiment and the Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., Mar. 21, 1889, to —.

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

Military History. — In command of his regiment and of the Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., March 21, 1889 to May, 1889. — In command of the 1st regiment U. S. Artillery, occupying Forts Hamilton, Wadsworth, and Columbus, New York harbor, with headquarters at Fort Hamilton, and in command of Fort Hamilton, from May 16, 1890 to Oct. 25, 1894. — Inspecting the National Guard of the State of New Hampshire, during its encampment at Concord, N. H., 1890 and 1891. — In command of the United States troops in the Columbian celebration in New York City, Oct. 12, 1892; and in Brooklyn, N. Y., Oct. 21, 1892.

Retired from Active Service, he being 64 Years of Age,
Oct. 25, 1894.

Civil History. — Member of the Board of Managers of the Church Charity Foundation of Long Island, 1895‑99. — Secretary and member of the Hospital Committee, St. John's Hospital. — Chairman of the Auditing Committee; Chairman of the Repair Committee, and Chairman of the Insurance Committee of the Church Charity Foundation. — Director in the Brevoort Savings Bank of Brooklyn, N. Y. — Residence, Brooklyn, N. Y.

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

(Brigadier-General on Retired List, April 23, 1904.)

— Residence, Brooklyn, N. Y.

Civil History. — Member of the Church Club of New York; of the Hamilton, Oxford and University Clubs of Brooklyn, N. Y.; of the Brooklyn Society of Vermonters; of the Veteran Association of the Department of the South; of the Association of Graduates U. S. M. A.; of the Military Service Institution, and of the National Geographic Society.

Died Jan. 7, 1910, at New York, N. Y.: Aged 80.

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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