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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1855

Vol. II

(Born N. H.)

Ebenezer Gay

(Ap'd N. H.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1850, to July 1, 1855,​a when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Dragoons, July 1, 1855.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Riley, Kan., 1855‑56, — quelling Kansas

(Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, July 1, 1855)

Disturbances, 1856‑57, — Utah Expedition, 1857‑60, being engaged against Utah Indians in the Surprise of their Encampment, near Box Elder, Utah, Aug. 14, 1859, — Ft. Garland, Col., 1860, — Scouting, 1860, — Albuquerque, N. M., 1860, — Taos, N. M., 1860‑61, — and escorting Governor Rencher to Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1861.

First Lieut., 2d Dragoons, Mar. 31, 1861.

 p612  Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in the

(Captain, 16th Infantry, May 14, 1861)

Tennessee and Mississippi Campaign as Asst. Inspector of Cavalry (Army of the Ohio), Jan. 10 to June, 1862, being engaged in the March to Nashville and Pittsburg Landing, Mar.‑Apr., 1862, — Battle of Shiloh, Apr. 7, 1862, — and Advance upon and Siege of Corinth, Apr. 9 to May 30, 1862; in the Movement of the Army of the Ohio to Huntsville, Ala., June‑July, 1862; in Operations in Kentucky, Aug. to Nov., 1862, being engaged at Louisville in Organizing Cavalry, Aug., 1862, — in command of the Cavalry and outposts at Lexington, and covering the retreat of the Army of Kentucky to Louisville, Sep., 1862, — and as Chief of Cavalry of the Army of Kentucky in resisting the Advance of the Rebel forces under General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Bragg, Sep., 1862, and in their subsequent Pursuit, Oct., 1862, — Battle of Perryville, Oct. 8, 1862, — and Pursuit of General John Morgan

(Bvt. Major, Oct. 8, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Perryville, Ky.)

from Kentucky, Oct., 1862; as Judge-Advocate of the Department of the Ohio, Dec., 1862, to Apr., 1863; as Acting Asst. Inspector-General on the Staff of Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Rosecrans, Apr. to Aug., 1863, and of the Army of the Ohio during its various Operations, Aug., 1863, to May, 1864; in command of 16th Infantry (Army of the Cumberland), in the Atlanta Campaign, May 24 to Aug., 1864; on leave of absence, Aug.‑Sep., 1864; in command of 16th Infantry at Lookout Mountain, Ten., Sep.,

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Sep. 1, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Atlanta Campaign)

1864, to Jan., 1865; and on Recruiting service, Jan. 26, 1865, to Sep. 4, 1866.

Transferred to 34th Infantry, Sep. 21, 1866.

Served: in garrison at Nashville, Ten., Oct. 16, 1866, to Apr., 1867, — Columbus, Mis., to Nov., 1867, — Galveston, Tex., to June, 1868, — and

(Major, 17th Infantry, Sep. 16, 1867)

Austin, Tex., to Apr. 30, 1869; and awaiting orders to June 3, 1869.

Unassigned, Apr. 30, 1869.

Cashiered, June 3, 1869, for "Drunkenness on Duty," and "Unofficerlike Conduct."

Reappointed in the Army, Jan. 24, 1870, with his former rank, and

Honorably Mustered out of Service, Jan. 1, 1871.

Died, Sep. 11,​b 1871, at Nashua, N. H.: Aged 39.

Buried, Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH.

Thayer's Notes:

a For a detail of his cadet days and something of his character, see Robert E. Lee to Jerome Bonaparte, 28 Feb 1855.

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b His tombstone (q.v.) reads Sept. 10.

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