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 [decorative delimiter] Class of May 6, 1861

Vol. II

(Born N. H.)

James F. McQuesten

(Ap'd N. H.)


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., 2d Dragoons, May 6, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑64: in drilling Volunteers at Washington, D. C., May to July, 1861; in the Manassas Campaign of July, 1861, being engaged in the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861; in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., July, 1861, to

(First Lieut., 2d Cavalry, Aug. 13, 1861)

Mar., 1862; as Adjutant, 2d Cavalry, Jan. 1, 1862, to Oct. 17, 1863, being engaged at regimental headquarters in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign, Mar. to Aug., 1862, — in the Northern Virginia Campaign, Aug. to Sep., 1862, — in the Maryland Campaign, Sep. to Nov., 1862, — and in the Rappahannock Campaign, Dec., 1862, to May 31, 1863; in the Pennsylvania Campaign and on the Rappahannock, at Regular Brigade headquarters (Army of the Potomac), May 31, 1863, to Feb. 4, 1864; on Mustering duty in New Hampshire, Feb. 4 to June 5, 1864; as Acting

(Captain, 2d Cavalry, Feb. 13, 1864)

 p808  Asst. Inspector-General of Cavalry Reserve Brigade, June 5 to Sep. 19, 1864, being engaged on "Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Sheridan's Raid" toward Charlottesville, June 7‑28, 1864, — Battle of Trevillian Station, June 11‑12, 1864, — Action of Darbytown, July 28, 1864, — and in the Shenandoah Campaign, Aug.‑Sep., 1864, participating in several Skirmishes and the Battle of Opequan, Sep. 19, 1864.

Killed, Sep. 19, 1864, at the Battle of Opequan, Va.: Aged 29.

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