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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1856

Vol. II

(Born Me.)

Francis L. Vinton​1

(Ap'd at Large)


Francis Laurens Vinton: Born June 1, 1835.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1851, to July 1, 1856, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Cavalry, July 1, 1856.

On graduation leave of absence in France, July 1 to Sep. 30, 1856.

Resigned, Sep. 30, 1856.

Civil History. — Entered the Imperial School of Mines at Paris, France, 1856, and graduated 1860, with the Degree of "Ingénieur des Mines." Mining Engineer, 1860‑61.

Military History. — Re-appointed in the U. S. Army with the rank of

Captain, 16th Infantry, Aug. 5, 1861.

 p647  Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑63: in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., Sep. to Dec., 1861; on leave of absence,

(Colonel, 43d New York Volunteers, Oct. 31, 1861)

Dec. 28, 1861, to Jan. 17, 1862; in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., Jan. to Mar., 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Battle of Williamsburg, May 5, 1862, — Battle of Gaines's Mill, June 27, 1862, — Battle of Savage Station, June 29, 1862, — Battle of Glendale, June 30, 1862, — and Skirmish at Harrison's Landing, July 2, 1862; on leave of absence, Aug. 15, 1862, to Sep. 25, 1862; in command of Brigade, 6th Corps (Army of the Potomac), in the Maryland Campaign, Sep. 25 to Nov., 1862, being engaged in the March to Falmouth, Va., Oct.‑Nov., 1862; in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862, where he was severely wounded; and on sick leave of absence, disabled by wound, Dec. 14, 1862, to May 5, 1863.

Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 13, 1863.

Resigned, May 5, 1863.

Civil History. — Mining Engineer, 1863‑64. Professor of Mining Engineering at the School of Mines, Columbia College, New York city, Sep. 14, 1864, to Aug. 15, 1877. Consulting Engineer of Mines at Denver, Col., 1877‑79.

Died, Oct. 6, 1879, at Leadville, Col.: Aged 44.

Buried, Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.John R. Vinton, who was killed in the Siege of Vera Cruz.

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