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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1874

Vol. III

(Born Pa.)

J. Hansell French

(Ap'd La.)


James Hansell French: Born Mar. 14, 1851, Philadelphia, PA.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1869, to June 17, 1874, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 9th Cavalry, June 17, 1874.

Served: on frontier duty at Ringgold Barracks, Tex., Oct. 8, 1874, to May, 1875, — Ft. Brown, Tex., to Nov. 9, 1875, — before District Court at Rio Grande City, to Dec. 4, 1875, — Ft. Brown, Tex., to Jan. 26, 1876, — Ft. Clark, Tex., to Apr. 11, 1876, — en route to New Mexico, to July, 1876, — and Ft. Garland, Col., to Aug. 31, 1876.

Resigned, Aug. 31, 1876.

Civil History. — Unknown, nothing authentic having been received.

Military History. — Re‑appointed in the Army,

Second Lieut., 9th Cavalry, Aug. 10, 1878.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Union, N. M., Sep. 28 to Nov. 5, 1878, — Ft. Stanton, N. M., and Scouting, to Nov. 6, 1879, — Ft. Bayard, N. M., and Scouting in the San Mateo Mountains, where by hostile Indians he was

Killed, Jan. 17,​b 1880: Aged 28.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1880, for an obituary notice.º

Buried, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA.

Thayer's Notes:

a Lt. French's birth data are from his AOG obituary, and his full name is from Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army.

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b The Register has Jan. 19; I've corrected it here from his tombstone (q.v.) and his AOG obituary.

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