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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1857

Vol. II

(Born Vt.)

Ira W. Claflin

(Ap'd Io.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1853, to July 1, 1857, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Mounted Riflemen, July 1, 1857.

Served: at the Military Academy as Asst. Instructor of Cavalry, Oct. 3, 1857 to May 13, 1858; and on frontier duty at Albuquerque, N. M., 1858, — Scouting, 1858‑59, — Ft. Union, N. M., 1859, — Ft. Defiance,

(Second Lieut., Mounted Riflemen, June 14, 1858)

N. M., 1859, — Expedition against Tuni‑cha Navajos, 1859, — Ft. Union, N. M., 1859, — Scouting, 1859‑60, — Ft. Union, N. M., 1860, — Scouting, 1860, — and Ft. Union, N. M., 1860‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in Operations in New Mexico, May, 1861, to June, 1862, being engaged in the

(First Lieut., 3d Cavalry, May 14, 1861: 6th Cavalry, Aug. 3, 1861)

Battle of Valverde, Feb. 21, 1862, — and Action of Peralta, N. M.,

(Bvt. Captain, Feb. 21, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Valverde, N. M.)

 p694  Apr. 15, 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), June to Aug., 1862, at Yorktown; in the Maryland Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Oct.‑Nov., 1862, at Knoxville, Md.; on March from Knoxville to Washington, and thence by Dumfries to Falmouth, Va., Nov. 14‑28, 1862; in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, to June, 1863, being engaged, in reserve, in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862; in the Pennsylvania Campaign

(Captain, 6th Cavalry, Dec. 23, 1862)

(Army of the Potomac), June‑July, 1863, being engaged in the Action near Fairfield, Pa., July 3, 1863, — Skirmish at Williamsport, Md., July 6, 1863, — and Reconnoissance to Funkstown, Md., July 7, 1863,

(Bvt. Major, July 7, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Gettysburg Campaign)

where he was wounded; on sick leave of absence, disabled by wound, July 7 to Sep., 1863; in command of 6th Cavalry, about Brandy Station, Va., Sep., 1863, to May, 1864, — and on Escort to Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Sheridan, in the Richmond and Shenandoah Campaigns, May 4 to Nov. 11, 1864; and as Special Inspector of Cavalry in the Department of West Virginia, Nov. 11, 1864, to July 21, 1865.

Served: at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics, Aug. 31, to Oct. 6, 1865; on frontier duty at Austin, Tex., Oct., 1865, to June, 1866, — on Inspection of frontier posts, June 20 to Sep. 20, 1866, — Austin, Tex., Sep., 1866, to Apr. 23, 1867, — and Mt. Pleasant, Tex., Jan. 20 to Nov. 18, 1867.

Died, Nov. 18, 1867, at Mount Pleasant, Tex.: Aged 33.

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