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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1855

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

James Wheeler

(Ap'd N. Y.)


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 Dragoons, July 1, 1855.

Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Sep. 8, 1855.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Lane, Or., 1856, — Ft. Yamhill, Or., 1856‑57, — Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., 1857‑58, — Spokane Expedition, 1858, being engaged in the desperate Combat of To‑hots-nim‑me, Wash., May 17, 1858, — Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., 1858‑59, — Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1859‑60, — Oregon Hostilities, being engaged in the Skirmishes near Harney Lake, Or., May 24, 1860, and near Owyhee River, Or., June 23, 1860, — and at Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., 1860‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑62: in the

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Apr. 20, 1861)

Defenses of Washington, D. C., Apr., 1861, to Mar., 1862; and in the

(Captain, 1st Cavalry, Sep. 7, 1861)

Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to May, 1862.

Cashiered, May 20, 1862, for "Drunkenness on Duty,"
"Absence without Leave," and "Breach of Arrest."

Civil History. — Teacher, Yonkers, N. Y., 18––– to 18–––.

Died, Dec. 7, 1879, at Little Falls, N. Y.: Aged 49.

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