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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1855

Vol. II

(Born Ga.)

John R. Church

(Ap'd Ga.)


Born June 27, 1832, Athens, GA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1851, to July 1, 1855, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

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

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1855‑56, 1856, —

(Second Lieut., 1st Cavalry, Aug. 27, 1855)

and in quelling Kansas Disturbances, 1856; on Recruiting service, 1856‑57; and on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1857, — Escorting Commissioner for running Southern Boundary of Kansas Territory, 1857, and was engaged against Kiowa and Comanche Indians in a Skirmish near Grand Saline, Kan., Aug. 6, 1857, — Utah Expedition, 1858, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1858, — Ft. Washita, I. T., 1859‑60, — and Kiowa and Comanche Expedition, 1860, being engaged in several Skirmishes, June to Sep., 1860.

Resigned, Oct. 30, 1860.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Died, Jan. 8,​b 1863, at Columbia, S. C.: Aged 31.

Buried, Oconee Hill Cemetery, Athens, GA.

Thayer's Notes:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. It must have been very low-key; in the Southern Historical Society Papers he is merely recorded, with no details. If you have good information, please drop me a line, of course.

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b His tombstone (q.v.) reads Jan'y 9th.

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