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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1820

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

Edgar S. Hawkins

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Aug. 31, 1814, to July 1, 1820, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, July 1, 1820.

Transferred to 7th Infantry, July 24, 1820.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Smith, Ark., 1822‑24, — Ft. Gibson,

(First Lieut., 7th Infantry, Jan. 22, 1824)

I. T., 1824‑28, — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1828, — Ft. Gibson, I. T.,

(Captain, 7th Infantry, Nov. 10, 1829)

1828‑29, 1829‑30, — Military Road, I. T., 1830, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1830‑31, — Osage Reserve, I. T., 1831, — and Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1831; on sick leave of absence, 1831‑33; on Recruiting Service, 1833; on frontier duty at Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1833‑34; on Recruiting service, 1834‑36; on frontier duty, 1836‑39; in the Florida War, 1839‑42; in garrison at Ft. Morgan, Ala., 1842‑43, — Mount Vernon Arsenal, Ala., 1843, — Baton Rouge, La., 1844, — Pass Christian, Mis., 1844, — Baton  p261 Rouge, La., 1844, — and Ft. Wood, La., 1844‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846, being engaged

(Bvt. Major, May 9, 1846,
for Gallant and Distinguished Services in the Defense of Fort Brown, Tex.)

in the Defense of Ft. Brown, Tex., May 3‑9, 1846; on Recruiting service, 1846‑47;​a on sick leave of absence, 1847‑61; and unemployed,

(Major, 1st Infantry, Feb. 16, 1847)

(Transferred to 2d Infantry, July 3, 1856)


Retired from Active Service, Oct. 26, 1861, for Disability resulting from Long and Faithful Service, and Sickness and Exposure in the Line of Duty.

Died, Nov. 5, 1865, at Flushing, N. Y.: Aged 64.

Thayer's Note:

a It may be Capt. Hawkins who insured the survival of the interesting Mexican War diary of fellow officer Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Philip N. Barbour, and ultimately whom we may thank for being able to read it in full onsite; Capt. Barbour entrusted it to him in May 1846 before the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, and although he retrieved it afterward and wrote in it several more months, he never mentions another man as entrusted with it. On the other hand, if Cullum's Register is accurate — not a given — Capt. Hawkins (7th Infantry) did not serve with or near Capt. Barbour (3d Infantry) at the time of the latter's death in the battle of Monterey; and a large group of officers were detached for recruiting service on June 1: see the diary, May 29 to June 3. I don't know where Capt. Hawkins was posted on recruiting service.

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