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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1823

Vol. I

(Born Ct.)

Julius J. B. Kingsbury​a

(Ap'd Ct.)


Julius Jesse Bronson Kingsbury: Born Oct. 18, 1797,​b1 Waterbury, CT.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 24, 1819, to July 1, 1823, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 2d Infantry, July 1, 1823.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Brady, Mich., 1823‑28; on Recruiting service, 1828‑30; in garrison at Ft. Gratiot, Mich., 1830‑31, — and Ft. Niagara, N. Y., 1831‑32; on the "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but

(First Lieut., 2d Infantry, Sep. 13, 1831)

not at the seat of war;​c in garrison at Ft. Dearborn, Ill., 1832‑33,​d — Ft. Brady, Mich., 1833, — Sault St. Marie, Mich., 1833, — and Ft. Mackinac, Mich., 1833‑35; on Indian service, May 27, 1836, to Apr. 1, 1837; in garrison at Hancock Barracks, Me., 1837‑38; in the Florida War, 1838‑40,

(Captain, 2d Infantry, Feb. 13, 1837)

1841‑42; in garrison at Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1842‑45, — Ft. Brady, Mich., 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of Ocalaca, Aug. 16, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of

(Bvt. Major, Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — and Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; on detached service, 1847‑48; in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1848; on voyage to California, 1848‑49; on frontier

(Major, 6th Infantry, May 7, 1849)

duty at San Diego, Cal., 1849; and absent from duty, 1849‑53.

Dismissed, Jan. 27, 1853, for Absence from Duty without Authority.​e

Died, June 26, 1856, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 55.​b2

Buried, Riverside Cemetery, Waterbury, CT.

Thayer's Notes:

a He was the father of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Henry W. Kingsbury.

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b1 b2 His tombstone (q.v.) has the birthdate I give here; at his death he must therefore have been 58.

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c 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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d According to Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Alfred Mordecai (Sr.) as quoted by Ralph Kirshner in The Class of 1861: Custer, Ames, and their Classmates after West Point (1999), p33: "The Site of the City of Chicago was then known only as the Military Post of Fort Dearborn, & when Genl-Scott's army passed through, my classmate Julius Kingsbury laid the foundation of a subsequent large fortune by investing a few hundred dollars in the purchase of land which proved to be afterwards in the centre of the City." There is a long Kingsbury Street in Chicago today, fronting on the North Branch of the Chicago River.

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e Kingsbury is reported to have gone prospecting in California; this fits with his eye for speculative investments (see previous note), and probably accounts for his being AWOL in California for four years at the beginning of the Gold Rush. For further details about the life of the Kingsbury family, see the page at Save Historic Antietam Foundation.

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