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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1822

Vol. I

(Born R. I.)

David H. Vinton

(Ap'd R. I.)


David Hammond Vinton: Born May 4, 1803, Providence, RI.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1818, to July 1, 1822, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1822.

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1822.

Served: on Ordnance duty, Aug. 21, 1822, to June 10, 1823; on Recruiting

(Transferred to 6th Infantry, Mar. 19, 1823)

 p284  service, 1823; in garrison at Ft. Atkinson, Io., 1823‑25; on

(First Lieut., 6th Infantry, Apr. 7, 1825)

Ordnance duty, Sep. 28, 1825, to Apr. 27, 1826; in garrison at Ft. Monroe,

(Transferred to 3d Artillery, Mar. 24, 1826)

Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1826‑28, — and Ft. Independence, Mas., 1828‑29, 1829‑31; on Ordnance duty, Mar. 31, 1831, to Dec. 31, 1833; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1834; on Engineer duty, Dec., 1834, to Aug., 1835; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1835‑36; in the Creek and Florida War, on Quartermaster duty, 1836‑39, being Quartermaster-General of the Territory of Florida, Nov. 27, 1837, to July 2,

(Asst. Quartermaster, Oct. 19, 1836, to July 7, 1838)

1838; on Quartermaster duty on the Northern Frontier during Canada

(Capt., Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, July 7, 1838)

(Captain, 3d Artillery, July 7, 1838, to June 18, 1846)

Border Disturbances, at Brownsville, N. Y., 1839‑40, — Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1840, — and Detroit, Mich., 1841‑42; in settling accounts at Brownsville, N. Y., 1842‑43; on Quartermaster duty at Ft. Johnston, N. C., 1843, — Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1843‑46, — Buffalo, N. Y., 1846, — and New York city, making shipments to the army in Mexico, 1846‑47;

(Major, Staff — Quartermaster, Mar. 3, 1847)

as Chief Quartermaster on the Staff of Maj.‑General Wool, in War with Mexico, 1848, — and of the Pacific Division, June 21, 1849, to Jan. 11, 1850; on Quartermaster duty at Boston, Mas., 1851‑52; as Chief quartermaster of the Department of the West, at St. Louis, Mo., 1852‑56, — and of the Department of Texas, 1857‑61,​a headquarters, San Antonio,

(Lieut.‑Col., Staff — Dep. Quartermaster-Gen., Aug. 3, 1861)

Tex., where he was taken prisoner by the Rebels, and put upon parole.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: as Chief

(Bvt. Colonel, and Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

Quartermaster at New York city, in charge of depot for supplying the army with clothing and equipage, June 28, 1861, to Sep. 5, 1867, being

(Col., Staff — Asst. Quartermaster-Gen.,​b July 29, 1866)

(ex officio) Colonel, U. S. Volunteers, Aug. 2, 1864, to July 29, 1866.

Retired from Active Service, July 29, 1866, under the Law of July 17, 1862, he being over "the Age of 62 Years."

Served in settling his accounts, Sep. 5, 1867, to Feb. 21, 1870.

Died, Feb. 21, 1873, at Stamford, Ct.: Aged 70.

Buried, Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI.

Thayer's Notes:

a As such, he was responsible for the famous United States Army Camel Corps; see "The Camel Pack Trains in the Mining Camps of the West", WashHQ 19:273, in which he is mentioned.

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b By an odd coincidence, his wife Pamela (Brown)'s sister Katherine was the wife of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Larkin Smith, Assistant Quartermaster General of the Confederate Army.

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