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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1820

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

Lewis N. Morris

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Lewis Nelson Morris: Born 1800.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Oct. 15, 1815, to July 1, 1820, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Artillery, July 1, 1820.

Transferred to 3rd Infantry, Aug. 24, 1820.

Served: on Recruiting service, 1821; in garrison at Chicago, Ill., 1821‑22; on frontier duty at Ft. Howard, Wis., 1824‑25; on Recruiting service, 1825‑26; on frontier duty at Ft. Howard, Wis., 1826; on Commissary

(First Lieut., 3d Infantry, Dec. 31, 1825)

duty at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1827‑28, — Ft. Armstrong, Ill., 1828‑30, — Des Moines Rapids, Io., 1830, — Ft. Armstrong, Ill., 1830‑31, — and Ft. Jesup, La., 1831‑33; on Recruiting service, 1833‑37; in garrison

(Captain, 3d Infantry, Oct. 31, 1833)

at Ft. Towson, I. T., 1837‑40; in the Florida War, 1840‑42; in garrison at Ft. Stansbury, Fla., 1842‑43, — and Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1843‑44; on frontier duty at Ft. Jesup (Camp Wilkins), La., 1844‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; and in the War with Mexico, 1846, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846, — and Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21,

(Bvt. Major, May 9, 1846, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, Tex.)

1846, where, while gallantly leading his regiment in the assault of the enemy's works, he was

Killed, Sep. 21, 1846: Aged 46.

Buried, Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY.​a

Thayer's Note:

a In recognition of Maj. Morris's heroism and sacrifice, the citizens of Albany paid for the large and handsome monument we see there; this information kindly communicated by Mark Bodnar, the maintainer of the page linked above.

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