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 [decorative delimiter] Class of May 6, 1861

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Malbone F. Watson

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Malbone Francis Watson: Born June 2, 1839, Catskill, NY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1856, to May 6, 1861, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Cavalry, May 6, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in drilling Volunteers at Washington, D. C., May to July, 1861; in Recruiting

(First Lieut., 5th Artillery, May 14, 1861)

and Organizing Company at Harrisburg, Pa., July, 1861, to Mar., 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to Aug., 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 Malvern

(Bvt. Captain, June 27, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Gaines's Mill, Va.)

Hill, July 1, 1862; in the Northern Virginia Campaign, Aug.‑Sep., 1862,  p796 being engaged in the Battle of Manassas, Aug. 29‑30, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, — and March to Falmouth, Va., Oct.‑Nov., 1862; in the Rappahannock Campaign, commanding Battery (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, to June, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862, — and Battle of Chancellorsville, May 2‑4, 1863; in command of Battery (Army of the Potomac), in the Pennsylvania Campaign, June‑July, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, where he was severely wounded,

(Bvt. Major, July 2, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa.)

losing his right leg;​a and on sick leave of absence, disabled by wound, July 3 to Nov. 19, 1863.

Captain, 5th Artillery, Mar. 9, 1866.

Served: at the Military Academy as Assistant Professor of French, Dec. 9, 1863, to July 1, 1867, and Principal Assistant Professor, to Feb. 21, 1870.

Retired from Active Service, Sep. 18, 1868,
for Disability from loss of a Leg in Battle.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — Retired officer. — Assistant Engineer in the Department of Docks, New York City, to Sept., 1870. — Washington, D. C., to Feb., 1882. — Commissary Officer and Secretary of the National Military Home, at Dayton, O.

Died Dec. 9, 1891, at Dayton, O.: Aged 53.

Buried, Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1892, for an obituary notice.

Thayer's Note:

a Among the photographs at the Find-a‑Grave site linked above, is one of Capt. Watson's kneebone, preserved in the medical collection of Walter Reed Hospital. The main entry for him at that site is interesting, giving an insight into the man's character.

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