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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1806

Vol. I

(Born Vt.)

William Partridge​a

(Ap'd Vt.)

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, Dec. 13, 1805, to Oct. 30, 1806, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Oct. 30, 1806.

 p75  Served: at West Point, N. Y., 1807; as Asst. Engineer in the construction of the defenses of Charleston harbor, S. C., 1808‑10; at West

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Feb. 23, 1808)

Point, N. Y., 1810‑11; and in the War of 1812‑15 with Great Britain, as

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1812)

Chief engineer, in the Campaign of 1812 in Michigan Territory, of the Army commanded by Major-General Hull, by whose Surrender of Detroit,​1 Aug. 16, 1812, he was made a prisoner of war, being at the time too sick to attend to duty, and before being exchanged,

Died, Sep. 20, 1812, at Detroit, Mich.: Aged 24.

The Author's Note:

1 When Hull announced his determination to surrender, Captain Partridge broke his sword across his knee and threw the pieces at Hull's feet.

Thayer's Note:

a Captain Partridge was a first cousin of his classmate Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Alden Partridge.

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