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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1854

[image ALT: A steel engraving of a young man in a 19c U. S. Army uniform. He is thin, has wavy hair — starting to recede at the part — and a small mustache; he looks soulful and somewhat delicate. He is John Trout Greble, the subject of this webpage.]

John T. Greble.

engraving from The Portrait Gallery of the War . . ., Frank Moore, ed. (1865)

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

John T. Greble

(Ap'd Pa.)


John Trout Greble: Born Jan. 19, 1834, Philadelphia, PA.

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 Newport Barracks, Ky., 1854; in Florida Hostilities

(Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, Sep. 27, 1854)

against the Seminole Indians, 1854‑55, 1856; at the Military Academy, 1856‑60, as Asst. Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics, Dec. 3, 1856, to Sep. 24, 1860, — and Quartermaster, Aug. 31, 1859,

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, Mar. 3, 1857)

to Jan. 5, 1860; and in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1860‑1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861: in Defense of Ft. Monroe, Va., Mar. to May, 1861; on Ordnance duty at Newport News, Va., May 26 to June 9, 1861; and on Expedition to Big Bethel,

(Bvt. Capt., Bvt. Major, and Bvt. Lieut.-Col., June 10, 1861, for Conspicuous Gallantry and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Big Bethel, Va.)

June 9‑10, 1861, being engaged in the Action of Big Bethel, where, while covering our defeated troops with the fire of his artillery, he was

Killed,​a June 10, 1861: Aged 27.

Buried, West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA.​b

Thayer's Notes:

a Lt. Greble was the first U. S. M. A. graduate killed in the War between the States. A biography of him, Memoir of Lt.-Col. John T. Greble, was published by Benson J. Lossing in 1870.

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b He was first buried at Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia (see the page at Find-a‑Grave).

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