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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1854

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Stephen H. Weed

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Stephen Hinsdale Weed: Born Nov. 17, 1831,​a1 Potsdam or New York City,​b NY.

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.

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, Dec. 18, 1854.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Brown, Tex., 1855‑56; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1856‑57; and on frontier duty at Ft.

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Nov. 16, 1856)

Leavenworth, quelling Kansas Disturbances, 1858, — Platte Bridge, Kan., 1858, — and Utah Expedition, 1858‑61, being engaged in an Expedition against Pavante and other hostile Indians, May to Sep., 1860, participating in Skirmishes at Egan Cañon, Aug. 11, and at Deep Creek, Sep. 6, 1860.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑63: as Executive

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, May 13, 1861: Declined)

(Captain, 5th Artillery, May 14, 1861)

Officer at Regimental Headquarters, Washington, D. C., Aug. 17, to Sep. 2, 1861; on Recruiting service at New York city, Sep. 2 to Nov. 11, 1861; at Camp Greble, near Harrisburg, Pa., Nov. 11, 1861, to Mar. 8, 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Battle of Gaines's Mill, June 27, 1862, — and Battle of Malvern Hill, June 30 to July 1, 1862; in the Northern Virginia Campaign, Aug.‑Sep., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Manassas, Aug. 30, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, — and March to Falmouth, Va., Oct.‑Nov., 1862; as Chief of Artillery Corps, at Falmouth, Va., Dec. 3, 1862, to Jan. 23, 1863; on leave of absence, Jan. 23 to Apr. 18, 1863; in the Rappahannock Campaign *Army of the Potomac), Apr. to June, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Chancellorsville, May 2‑4, 1863, — and in command of Artillery Brigade, 5th Army Corps, May 10 to June 6, 1863; and in the Pennsylvania Campaign

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, June 6, 1863)

(Army of the Potomac), June‑July, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1‑2, 1863.

Killed, July 2, 1863, at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa.: Aged 30.​a2

Buried, Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp, NY.

Thayer's Notes:

a1 a2 The birthdate I give, which would have made Gen. Weed 31 when he died (where Cullum has 30) is the date almost unanimously found online, but I haven't found it in a reputable source yet: despite assertions to the contrary, his date of birth is not given in Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, and Appleton's Cyclopaedia does not have so much as entry for him. The State Historian of New York, on p62 of Vol. I of his Second Annual Report (1897) gives the year of his birth as 1834, which would have made him 28 or 29 when he died; then proceeds to lift the text of Cullum's Register and make him "aged 30".

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b Potsdam is given by a prominent popular website and webpages following it, but I cannot find a source. New York City is given by the State Historian of New York (1897), but I don't trust him; see my previous note.

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