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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1856

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

J. McLean Hildt

(Ap'd at Large)


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

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Infantry, July 1, 1856.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1856‑57; on frontier duty

(Second Lieut., 1st Infantry, Oct. 31, 1856)

at Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1857‑58, — Ft. Craig, N. M., 1858, — Navajo Expedition,

(Transferred to 3d Infantry, Feb. 13, 1857)

1858, being engaged in several Skirmishes, — Ft. Defiance, N. M., 1858‑59, — Exploration of Navajo Country, 1859, — Ft. Defiance, N. M., 1859‑60, being engaged in Defense of the Post against Navajo Indians, Apr. 30, 1860, — March to Texas, 1860, — and Ringgold Barracks, Tex., 1860‑61; and in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1861.

First Lieut., 3d Infantry, Apr. 17, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in Defense of Ft. Pickens, Fla., Apr. 15, 1861, to May 24, 1862, being engaged

(Captain, 3d Infantry, May 30, 1861)

in the Repulse of the Rebel Attack on Santa Rosa Island, Fla., Oct. 9, 1861, — and the Bombardments of Ft. Pickens, Nov. 22‑23, 1861, and Jan. 1, 1862;​a in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), June‑July, 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Gaines's Mill, June 27, 1862, — and Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862; on sick leave

(Bvt. Major, July 1, 1862, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Gaines's Mill and Malvern Hill, Va.)

of absence, July 7‑29, 1862; on Recruiting service at New York, Aug. 2, 1862, to Nov. 3, 1863; as Asst. Superintendent of Volunteer Recruiting service, at Albany, N. Y., Nov. 3, 1863, to Jan. 11, 1865, — with Headquarters Guard, Army of the Potomac, Feb. 6 to Mar. 16, 1865; as Assistant in the Provost Marshal General's Office, at Washington, D. C., Mar. 16 to Aug. 17, 1865.

Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion.

Served: at the Military Academy as Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics,  p673 Sep. 13, 1865, to Sep. 20, 1869; and on leave of absence, Sep. 20, 1869, to Apr. 20, 1870.

Resigned, Apr. 20, 1870.

Civil History. — White Lead Manufacturer, 18–––.

Died, Apr. 25, 1877, at New York city: Aged 41.

Thayer's Note:

a The fort, deep in Southern territory, held out for the duration of the war; strategically commanding the Gulf of Mexico. The details of the contest in the early months of the war are interesting: "Civil War Operations in and around Pensacola" (FlaHQ 36:125‑165); for Hildt's rôle, p151.

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