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 [decorative delimiter] Class of May 6, 1861

Vol. II

(Born D. C.)

Wright Rives

(Ap'd D. C.)


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., 6th Infantry, May 6, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in drilling Volunteers at Washington, D. C., May, 1861; as Aide-de‑Camp to

(First Lieut., 6th Infantry, May 17, 1861)

Brig.‑General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Mansfield, commanding the Department of Washington, May to July, 1861; in garrison at Benicia, Cal., Aug. 23 to Sep. 24, 1861; in command of Ft. Umpqua, Or., Oct., 1861, to Jan., 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. 9 to Apr. 18, 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5‑18, 1862; as Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General McClernand, Apr. 14, 1862, to July,

(Captain, Staff — Additional Aide-de‑Camp,
June 4, 1862, to Feb. 23, 1864)

1863, being engaged in the Advance upon and Siege of Corinth, Mis., Apr. 14 to May 30, 1862, — in drilling Illinois Volunteer Officers at Camp Butler, near Springfield, Ill., Aug.‑Sep., 1862, — on sick leave of absence, Sep., 1862, to Mar., 1863, — Siege of Vicksburg, May‑June, 1863, — and in charge of Draft Depot at Pittsburg, Pa., June‑July, 1863; in Operations about Chattanooga, Ten., Oct.‑Nov., 1863; and as Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Dix, commanding the Department of the East, Dec., 1863, to June 7, 1865.

Captain, 6th Infantry, Feb. 23, 1864.

Bvt. Major, and Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Advance upon Corinth, and at the Siege of Vicksburg, Mis.

Served: on duty in the Executive Office, Washington, D. C., June 7, 1865, to Mar. 1, 1869; and on leave of absence and awaiting orders to

(Unassigned, Apr. 22, 1869)

Dec. 31, 1870.

Retired from Active Service, Dec. 31, 1870
for Disability contracted in the Line of Duty.

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

Civil History. — Retired officer. — Farmer near Bladensburg, Md.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Retired officer. — Residence, Washington, D. C.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

Military History. —

Captain, 6th Infantry, Feb. 23, 1864.

Brevet Lieut.‑Colonel, March 13, 1865.

Captain, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 31, 1870,
for Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Major, U. S. A., on Retired List, April 23, 1904,
Act of April 23, 1904.

Died, May 22, 1916, at Rives Station, Md.: Aged 78.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1916.

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