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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1856

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

John F. Ritter

(Ap'd Pa.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1852, to July 1, 1856, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 5th Infantry, July 1, 1856.

Served: in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1856‑57;  p662 in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1857; and on frontier duty on Utah Expedition, 1857‑60, — March to New Mexico, 1860, — Ft. Fauntleroy, N. M., 1860, — Ft. Defiance, N. M., 1860‑61, — and Ft. Union, N. M., 1861.

First Lieut., 5th Infantry, Mar. 27, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in Operations in New Mexico, in command of Battery, May, 1861, to May, 1862,

(Transferred to 15th Infantry, May 14, 1861)

(Captain, 15th Infantry, Oct. 24, 1861)

being engaged in the Action of Apache Cañon, Mar. 28, and of Peralta,

(Bvt. Major, Mar. 28, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Apache Cañon, N. M.)

Apr. 14, 1862, — and in the Campaign resulting in the dispersion of the Rebels under General Sibley, May, 1862; in command of Regiment on

(Colonel, 1st Missouri Cavalry Volunteers, Aug. 9, 1862)

March to White River, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2, 1862, — in camp near Helena, Ark., Sep. to Nov., 1862, being Acting Inspector-General of the Army of the Southwest, Nov., 1862, — in the Defenses of Memphis, Ten., Dec., 1862, to July, 1863, commanding Brigade, 16th Army Corps, Mar., 1863; in command of 3d Brigade, Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Davidson's Cavalry Division, in the Campaign resulting in the Capture of Little Rock, Ark., Sep. 10, 1863; on

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Sep. 10, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Capture of Little Rock, Ark.)

leave of absence, Oct. 14, 1863, to Jan. 6, 1864; in command of Cavalry Brigade, 7th Army Corps, at Little Rock, Ark., Jan. to Mar., 1864; on General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Steele's Campaign to Camden and returning, Mar. 23 to May 2, 1864, being engaged in several Skirmishes; on Veteran Furlough, May 16 to July 29, 1864; in command of Cavalry Brigade, 7th Army Corps, at, and Scouting about Little Rock, Ark., July 29 to Dec. 5, 1864;

(Resigned Volunteer Commission, Dec. 5, 1864)

in command of Recruits at Ft. Adams, R. I., Jan. to Apr., 1865, and of Company at Lookout Mountain, Ten., Apr. to Aug., 1865; and on leave of absence, Aug. 12 to Sep. 24, 1865.

Served: in garrison a Mobile, Ala., Sep. 24, 1865, to Jan. 18, 1866, — Vicksburg, Mis., Jan. to Sep., 1866, being Acting Asst. Inspector-General of the Department of the Mississippi, Mar. 7 to Sep. 25, 1866, — Natchez, Mis. (in command), Sep. 21 to Dec. 1, 1866, — Macon, Ga.,

(Transferred to 33d Infantry, Sep. 21, 1866)

Jan. 4 to Apr. 15, 1867, — and Rome, Ga., Apr. 15, 1867, to Aug., 1868, — Huntsville, Ala., to May, 1869, — Goldsborough, N. C., to Nov., 1869,

(Transferred to 8th Infantry, May 3, 1869)

— Chapel Hill, N. C., to Feb., 1870, — and Charleston, S. C., to July 17, 1870; on leave of absence, July 17 to Sep. 14, 1870; in garrison at David's Island, N. Y., Sep. 14 to Oct. 18, 1870; on leave of absence, Oct. 18, 1870, to Feb. 15, 1872; in garrison at David's Island, N. Y., Feb. 15 to July 6, 1872; and on leave of absence, July 6 to Aug. 1, 1872.

Died, Aug. 1, 1872, at Catskill, N. Y.: Aged 37.

Buried, Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, PA.

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