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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1824

Vol. I

(Born Mas.)

Francis D. Newcomb

(Ap'd Mas.)


Born May 2, 1802, Greenfield, MA.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1820, to July 1, 1824, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Infantry, July 1, 1824.

Second Lieut., 4th Infantry, July 1, 1827.º

Served: in garrison at Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1824‑25; at Cantonment Clinch, Fla., Fla., 1825‑26, — Cantonment Brooke, Fla., 1826‑27, — Ft. King, Fla., 1827‑28, — St. Augustine, Fla., 1828, — Ft. King, Fla.,

(Asst. Quartermaster, Oct. 7, 1830, to Sep. 30, 1836)

1828‑29, — Cantonment Brooke, Fla., 1829‑30, — and Ft. Mitchell, Ala., 1830; and on Quartermaster duty, 1831‑36, — at Key West, Fla.,

(First Lieut., 4th Infantry, Apr. 4, 1832)

1831‑33, — Baton Rouge, La., 1833‑36, — Ft. Brooke, Fla., 1836, — and on tour of inspection, 1836.

Resigned, Sep. 30, 1836.

Civil History.Surveyor-General of the State of Louisiana, 1840‑44. Clerk, Havana, Cuba, 1845‑47. Special Correspondent, at Havana, Cuba, of the New York Journal of Commerce, 1847‑72.

Died, Nov. 28, 1872, at Havana, Cuba: Aged 71.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1873, for an obituary notice.º

Buried, Baton Rouge National Cemetery, Baton Rouge, LA.

Thayer's Note:

a Lt. Newcomb's birth data are from John Bearse Newcomb, Genealogical Memoir of the Newcomb Family (privately printed, Elgin, Ill., 1874), p422, which gives his middle name as Dana; Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army gives it as Day.

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