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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1854

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

David H. Brotherton

(Ap'd Pa.)


David Hammett Brotherton: Born June 24, 1831.

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 Infantry, July 1, 1854.

Served: on frontier duty at Ringgold Barracks, Tex., 1854‑55, — and

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

in escorting Captain Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Pope, while making Reconnoissance of Pacific Railroad route, 1855‑56; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians,  p602 1856‑57; in garrison at Newport Barracks, Ky., 1858; and on frontier duty

(First Lieut., 5th Infantry, Aug. 22, 1859)

on Utah Expedition, 1858‑60, — March to New Mexico, 1860, — and Ft. Fauntleroy, N. M., 1860‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in Operations in New Mexico, July, 1861, to Mar., 1865, being engaged in the Defense

(Captain, 5th Infantry, Sep. 25, 1861)

of Ft. Craig, Jan.‑Feb., 1862, — Combat of Valverde, Feb. 21,

(Bvt. Major, Feb. 21, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Valverde, N. M.)

1862, — Action of Peralta, Apr. 15, 1862, — Scouting against Navajo and Apache Indians, Aug. 11 to Sep. 8, 1863, — and March to Texas, Mar. 2‑25, 1865; and in command of Regiment and Company at Franklin, Tex., Mar. 23 to Oct. 15, 1865, — and at Ft. Bliss, Tex., Oct. 15, 1865, to July 7, 1866.

Served: in command of Albuquerque, N. M., Aug. 12, 1866, to Aug., 1867; on frontier duty at Ft. Union, N. M., Aug., 1867; on March to Ft. Harker, Kan., Sep. to Nov., 1867, being engaged, Sep. 23, 1867, against Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians, near Ft. Dodge, Kan., — Ft. Harker, Kan., Nov. 7, 1867, to May, 1868, — and Ft. Riley, Kan., to June 3, 1868; on leave of absence, June 3 to Dec. 29, 1868; on frontier duty at Camp near Ft. Dodge, Kan., to Mar., 1869, — and Ft. Harker, Kan., to June, 1871, being on Court Martial at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Jan. 3 to July, 1870; on leave of absence, Feb. 1 to Apr. 14, 1871; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to July 24, 1876, being in command of regiment, July 18 to Dec. 4, 1873 (leave of absence, Jan. 1 to May 3, 1872, on Court Martial, at Santa Fé, N. M., July 6 to Dec., 1872, and on tour of Inspection in New Mexico, June 14 to Sep. 18, 1874); on sick leave of absence, May 19 to Nov., 1875, and July 24, 1876, to May 31, 1877; on frontier duty at Ft. Keogh, Mon., July 27, 1877, to July 7, 1879, being engaged

(Major, 5th Infantry, Mar. 20, 1879)

in pursuit and capture of Chief Joseph and his band of hostile Nez Percés at Milk River, Oct., 1879;​a on leave of absence to Feb. 4, 1880; on frontier

(Transferred to 7th Infantry, Dec. 18, 1879)

duty at Ft. Snelling, Min., to July 13, 1880, — Ft. Buford, Dak., to Aug. 30, 1881, where, by negotiation, he secured, July 17, 1881, the surrender of Sitting Bull and 1,700 hostile Indians, — Ft. Stevenson, Dak., to Oct. 20, 1881; on leave of absence to Feb. 8, 1882; on sick leave of absence to June 12, 1882; in garrison at Ft. Snelling, Min., June 12, 1882 (on sick leave of absence, Oct. 25, 1882, to June 29, 1883), to Jan. 16,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 25th Infantry, July 3, 1883)

1884; and on sick leave of absence, to Apr. 14, 1884.

Retired from Active Service, Apr. 14, 1884,
for Disability contracted in the Line of Duty.

Died, Sep. 17, 1889, at Waynesborough, Pa.: Aged 58.

Buried, Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesborough, PA.

Thayer's Note:

a Something is wrong here. Chief Joseph (or Young Joseph) surrendered, putting an end to the Nez Percé Expedition, on October 5, 1877. The engagement at Milk River, in October 1879, was not against the Nez Percés but against the Utes. For an account of both expeditions, see Ganoe, The History of the United States Army, pp344‑347 (Nez Percé Expedition, 1877) and 350‑51 (Ute Expedition, 1879).

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