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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1822

Vol. I

(Born Pa.)

John Pickell

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born 1799.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 2, 1818, to July 1, 1822, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

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

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

Served: on Ordnance duty, Aug. 21, 1822, to Nov. 15, 1824; in garrison at Petite Coquille (Ft. Pike), La., 1825‑27; on Topographical duty,

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, May 28, 1831)

June 14, 1828, to June 18, 1832; on the "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at the seat of war;​a in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1832, — and Charleston harbor, S. C., 1832‑33, during South Carolina's threatened nullification; on Engineer duty (Cumberland Road), Mar. 18, 1833, to Dec. 5, 1835; in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1835‑36; in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1836‑38,​b as Adjutant, 4th Artillery, Oct. 15, 1836, to Aug. 5, 1838, being engaged in the Action at Ft. Drane, Aug. 24, 1836, — and Action of Locha-Hatchee, Jan. 24, 1838; and in the Cherokee Nation, 1838, while transferring the Indians to the West.

Resigned, Aug. 5, 1838.

Civil History. — Civil Engineer in Maryland, 1839‑41. Member of the House of Representatives of the State of Maryland, 1842‑43. Captain, Maryland Militia, 1845‑47, — and Colonel, 1847. Director of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, 1846‑50. Coal Merchant, Baltimore, Md., 1844‑49. President of the National Fire Insurance Company, 1853, — and of the Pickell Coal and Iron Company, 1853‑58. Editor of "Frostburg Gazette, and Miners' Record," 1859‑61.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding

(Colonel, 13th N. Y. Volunteers, Aug. 19, 1861)

States, 1861‑62; in command of Regiment in the defenses of Washington, Aug. 19, 1861, to Mar. 4, 1862.

Resigned (Sick), Mar. 4, 1862.

Died, Jan. 23, 1865, at Dansville, N. Y.: Aged 63.

Buried, Green Mount Cemetery, Dansville, NY.

Thayer's Notes:

a The phrase "but not at (the) seat of war" occurs frequently in the Register in connection with the Black Hawk War; the explanation in most cases is the one given in the biographical sketch of James Monroe (q.v.).

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b While in Florida, Lt. Pickell kept a diary; it is onsite.

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