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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1860

Vol. II

(Born Me.)

Sam A. Foster

(Ap'd Me.)


Born Aug. 31, 1836.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1854, to July 1, 1860, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Infantry, July 1, 1860.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1860; and on frontier

(Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, Aug. 20, 1860)

duty at New San Diego, Cal., 1860‑61, — Los Angeles, Cal., 1861, — and Ft. Yuma, Cal., 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in the

(First Lieut., 6th Infantry, May 14, 1861)

Defenses of Washington, D. C., Dec. 19, 1861, to Feb. 28, 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), as Aide-de‑Camp and Acting Adjutant-General to Brig.‑General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Sykes, Feb. 28 to Aug. 7, 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Battle of Gaines's Mill, June 27, 1862, — and Battle of

(Bvt. Capt., June 27, 1862, for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Gaines's Mill, Va.)

Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862; on sick leave of absence, Aug. 13‑29, 1862; at the Military Academy as Principal Asst. Professor of French, Sep. 17

(Colonel, 5th Missouri Volunteers, Oct. 23, 1862)

(Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Nov. 22, 1862)

(Colonel, 35th Missouri Volunteers, Dec. 3, 1862)

to Nov. 11, 1862; in the Defenses of Columbus, Ky., Dec. 22, 1862, to Jan. 7, 1863; on Expedition to White River, Jan. 8‑24, 1863; in command of Helena, Ark., and Brigade of 13th Army Corps, May 1 to

(Captain, Staff — Commissary of Subsistence, Feb. 9, 1863)

June 10, 1863; as Inspecting Commissary of Military Division of West

(Resigned Volunteer Commission, Aug. 1, 1863)

Mississippi, Aug. 17, 1863, to Aug. 3, 1865, being engaged on Red River Expedition, Apr.‑May, 1864, — and Inspecting Posts along Platte and Arkansas Rivers, Aug. 24 to Oct. 28, 1864, participating in a Skirmish with Indians at Cottonwood Springs, Col., Sep. 12, 1864; as Member of the Board for the Examination of Officers of Subsistence, at St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 26, 1864, to July 24, 1865; and as Post Commissary at Clinton,

(Bvt. Major, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

Io., Aug. 10 to Sep. 30, 1865.

Served: as Chief of Commissariat, Department of Florida, Nov. 5, 1865, to Feb. 28, 1866, — and of the Department of Columbia, May 22, 1866, to Mar. 31, 1867, and Apr. 6 to Nov., 1867; on tour of Inspection in Arizona, to Mar. 11, 1868; and as Chief of Commissariat, Department of California, to Dec., 1868, — and of Department of Columbia, to Dec., 1870; and at San Francisco, Cal., to Feb. 2, 1871.

Died Feb. 2, 1871, at San Francisco, Cal.: Aged 34.

Buried, Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

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