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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1823

Vol. I

(Born D. C.)

Alfred Beckley

(Ap'd Ky.)


Born May 26, 1802, Washington, D. C.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 25, 1819, to July 1, 1823, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1823.

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1823.

Served: on Ordnance duty, Oct. 1, 1823, to Apr. 5, 1824; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1824, — Ft. Marion, Fla., 1824‑26, — Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice),  p306 1826‑27, 1827‑28; on Ordnance duty, Mar. 6, 1828, to Dec. 31, 1833;

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 31, 1831)

in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1834‑35; and on Ordnance duty, Feb. 25 to Oct. 24, 1836.

Resigned, Oct. 24, 1836.

Civil History. — School Commissioner, 1837‑50; Deputy Clerk of Superior and County Courts, 1838‑50; Commissioner of Forfeited and Delinquent Lands, 1839‑50; and Master Commissioner in Chancery, 1840‑50 for Fayette County, Va. Clerk of Circuit Court of Law and Chancery, 1850‑52, — and Superintendent of Common Schools, 1850‑73, for Raleigh County, Va. Director and Superintendent of construction of Giles, Fayette and Kanawha Turnpike, 1840‑49. State Director, 1851‑60, and President, 1854‑60, of Logan, Raleigh, and Monroe Turnpike, Va. Brig.‑General, Virginia Militia, 1849‑61.​b School Treasurer of Raleigh County, W. Va., 1850‑68. Delegate at Large, from the State of West Virginia to the National Democratic Convention at St. Louis, Mo., 1866; and to the Legislature of West Virginia in the Biennial Session of 1877.

Died, May 26, 1888, near Raleigh C. H., W. Va.: Aged 86.

Buried, Wildwood Cemetery, Beckley, WV.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1888, for an obituary notice.

Thayer's Notes:

a Lt. Beckley's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b I am thankful to Joe Martz for the following additional information:

He received a commission from the Governor to command the 35th Virginia, but his commission was not approved by the Secession Commission. His regiment hardly existed because of low recruiting. In early 1862, he turned himself in to Brig. Gen. Rutherford B. Hayes and was arrested and placed in confinement.

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