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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1822

Vol. I

(Born Md.)

William M. Boyce

(Ap'd Pa.)


Born Jan. 27, 1801.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 7, 1818, to July 1, 1822, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 2d Infantry, July 1, 1822.

Served: on Topographical duty, July 8, 1822, to May 29, 1828; as

(First Lieut., 1st Infantry, June 30, 1825)

Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Macomb, May 29, 1828, to May 7, 1829; on Topographical duty, May 7, 1829, to May 9, 1833; on frontier duty

(Captain, 1st Infantry, Oct. 25, 1835)

at Ft. Crawford, Wis., 1833‑34; on Recruiting service, 1834‑36; and in Creek Nation, 1836.

Resigned, Nov. 14, 1836.

 p287  Civil History. — Assistant in the Geodetic Survey of the Atlantic Coast of the United States, Apr. 19, 1837, to Aug. 29, 1855, when, in the Burlington catastrophe on the Camden and Amboy Railroad, N. J., he was

Killed, Aug. 29, 1855: Aged 54.​a

Buried, Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC.

Thayer's Note:

a In the Records of the Columbia Historical Society, Washington, D. C., XVIII.90 (1915), it is stated that he died in 1856 of injuries received in the train wreck of that date, in which his daughter was killed outright. The page at Find-a‑Grave states, however, based on Oak Hill Cemetery records, that his remains were moved to their present place in November, 1855, thus making it very likely conclusive that the earlier year is correct.

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