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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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