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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1824

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

Electus Backus​1

(Ap'd N. Y.)


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., 1st Infantry, July 1, 1824.

Served: in garrison at Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1824‑25; in Creek Nation, 1825‑26; in garrison at Cantonment Clinch, Fla., 1826, — and Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1827‑28; as Aide-de‑Camp to Bvt. Brig.‑General

(First Lieut., 1st Infantry, July 28, 1831)

Brady, July 16, 1828, to Oct. 17, 1837; in the Florida War, 1838‑39,

(Captain, 1st Infantry, Oct. 17, 1837)

1839‑40, being engaged in the Capture of forty Seminole Indians, near Lake Okee-cho‑bee, Mar. 14, 1838; in garrison at Ft. Mitchell, Ala., 1840, — and Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1841; on frontier duty at Ft. Snelling, Min., 1841‑44, 1844‑45, — and Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Battle of Monterey,  p336 Sep. 21‑23, 1846, — Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — in command

(Bvt. Major, Sep. 23, 1846,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the several Conflicts at Monterey, Mex.)

of the Castle of San Juan de Ulloa, 1847, — and in garrison at the city of Mexico, 1848; on Recruiting service, 1849‑50; on frontier duty in Navajo

(Major, 3d Infantry, June 10, 1850)

Country, N. M., 1851, — Ft. Defiance, N. M., 1851‑52, — and Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1853‑54; on Recruiting service, 1854‑55; as Superintendent of General Recruiting Service, July 1, 1855, to July 1, 1857, at Ft. Columbus, N. Y.; and on frontier duty at Albuquerque, N. M., 1858, — Navajo Expedition, 1858, being engaged in several skirmishes, — Ft. Defiance, N. M., 1858‑59, — Albuquerque, N. M., 1859, — and Ringgold

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 3d Infantry, Jan. 19, 1859)

Barracks, Tex., 1860‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑62; as Mustering and Disbursing Officer, at Detroit, Mich., 1861; on sick leave of absence, Mar. 8 to Sep. 24, 1861; as Mustering and Disbursing Officer, at Detroit, Mich., Sep. 24, 1861, to Mar. 6, 1862; and on sick leave of

(Colonel, 6th Infantry, Feb. 20, 1862)

absence, Mar. 6 to June 7, 1862.

Died, June 7, 1862, at Detroit, Mich.: Aged 58.

The Author's Note:

1 Was the son of Lieut.‑Colonel Electus Backus, mortally wounded at the head of his regiment, in Defense of Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., May 29, 1813.

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