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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1855

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

Edward L. Hartz

(Ap'd Pa.)


Born Apr. 3, 1832, Pottsville, PA.

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 Infantry, July 1, 1855.

Second Lieut., 8th Infantry, Aug. 15, 1855.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1855; and on frontier duty, conducting Recruits to Texas, 1855, — Ft. Davis, Tex., 1855‑56, — Scouting, 1856, — Ft. Davis, Tex., 1856, — Scouting, 1856‑57, — Ft. Davis, Tex., 1857, — Escorting Captain Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Pope's Artesian-well Expedition in Texas, 1857‑59, being engaged against Apache Indians in a Skirmish near Ft. Lancaster, Tex., July 26, 1857, — Ft. Davis, Tex., 1859, — Scouting and testing the efficiency of Camels for Transportation in Texas, 1859,​a — Escorting Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Lieut. Echols' Topographical Party, 1859, — Operations against Cortinas' Mexican Marauders, 1859‑60, — Ringgold Barracks, Tex., 1860‑61, — Camp Hudson, Tex., 1861, — Adjutant, 8th Infantry, Mar. to May, 1861, at San Antonio, Tex., — and was captured by

(First Lieut., 8th Infantry, Feb. 28 to May 14, 1861)

Texan Insurgents, Apr. 23, 1861, and not exchanged till Aug. 27, 1862.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑64: as Asst.

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, May 17, 1861)

Quartermaster at Washington, D. C., July 5, 1861,º to Jan. 12, 1864; on Special duty, under the orders of the Quartermaster-General, Jan. 12 to Apr. 16, 1864; and in charge of the Chattanooga Depot, Ten., May 1 to July 9, 1864.

Dropped, July 29, 1864.

Civil History. — Civil and Mining Engineer in Pennsylvania, 1864‑66.

Military History. — Re-appointed in the United States Army with the rank of

Captain, 27th Infantry, July 28, 1866.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Reno, Dak., Jan. to July, 1867, — Ft. C. F. Smith, Mar. to June, 1868, — Ft. Phil. Kearny, Dak., to Aug. 23, 1868, — and Ft. Sully, Dak., to Nov. 11, 1868.

Died, Nov. 11, 1868, at Ft. Sully, Dak.: Aged 37.

Buried, Presbyterian Cemetery, Pottsville, PA.

Thayer's Note:

a Jefferson Davis's Camel Experiment (PopSciM 74:141‑152) offers a detailed and entertaining view of these camel studies; Lt. Hartz is mentioned. In "The Camel Pack Trains in the Mining Camps of the West", WashHQ 19:273 he is stated to have been in charge of them from 1857 to 1861, with Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.David H. Vinton.

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