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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1820

Vol. I

(Born N. C.)

William H. Bell

(Ap'd N. C.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 25, 1816, to July 1, 1820, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Third Lieut., Ordnance, July 1, 1820.

 p249  Served: at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Aug. 18, 1820, to July 1, 1823; on Ordnance duty, Aug. 1, 1823, to

(Second Lieut., 3d Artillery,
in Re-organization of Army, June 1, 1821,
to rank from July 1, 1820)

(Transferred to 4th Artillery, Aug. 16, 1821)

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Nov. 1, 1823)

Nov. 1, 1830; on Quartermaster duty, Nov. 1, 1830, to July 31, 1831;

(Asst. Quartermaster, Nov. 1, 1830, to July 31, 1831)

on Ordnance duty, Aug. 1, 1831, to May 30, 1832; as Assistant in Ordnance

(Captain, Ordnance, May 30, 1832)

Bureau at Washington, D. C., 1832‑38;​a in command of Washington Arsenal, D. C., 1838‑40, — of St. Louis Arsenal, Mo., 1840‑48; in

(Major, Ordnance, Mar. 25, 1848)

the War with Mexico, at Vera Cruz, 1848; in command of St. Louis Arsenal, Mo., 1848‑51, — of Allegheny Arsenal, Pa., 1851‑54, — of Harper's Ferry Armory, Va., 1854, — of Washington Arsenal, D. C., 1855‑58, — and of St. Louis Arsenal, Mo., 1858‑61; and as Member of Ordnance Board, Oct. 8‑24, 1856.

Resigned, May 28, 1861.

Civil History. — Farmer, St. Charles County, Mo., 1861‑65.

Died, Dec. 20, 1865, at St. Louis, Mo.: Aged 67.

Thayer's Note:

a In 1838, he was sent west to recommended the final selection of the site for the great Midwest armory; he recommended Rock Island. Details are given in "Rock Island and the Rock Island Arsenal" (J. Ill. S. H. S. 33:326).

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