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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1826

Vol. I

(Born Pa.)

John McClellan​a

(Ap'd Pa.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1822, to July 1, 1826, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1826.

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1826.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1826‑28; on Topographical duty, July 9, 1828, to Oct. 18, 1831; as Adjutant, 1st Artillery, at Regimental headquarters, 1831‑33; as Adjutant

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Sep. 30, 1833)

of Artillery School for Practice, at Ft. Monroe, Va., Dec. 1, 1833, to July, 1834; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1834‑36; and in Creek Nation, 1836.

Resigned, Nov. 19, 1836.

Civil History. — Civil Engineer, 1836‑38.

Military History. — Re-appointed in the Army, with the rank of

Captain, Corps of Topographical Engineers, July 7, 1838.

Served: in charge of Harbor and River Improvements on the Coast of North Carolina, 1839, 1840‑41; in Topographical Bureau at Washington, D. C., 1841; in the Florida War, 1839‑40, 1841‑42; on Survey of Boundary between Michigan and Wisconsin, 1843‑45, — and in charge of Lake Michigan Harbor Improvements, 1843‑46; 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, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20,

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

1847, — and Operations before the City of Mexico, Sep. 12‑13, 1847; in

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Sep. 13, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Military Operations before the City of Mexico)

Topographical Bureau at Washington, D. C., 1848‑49; on Survey of Boundary between the United States and Mexico, 1849‑51; and in charge of Tennessee River Improvements, 1853‑54.

Died, Sep. 1, 1854, at Knoxville, Ten.: Aged 49.

Thayer's Note:

a He was the father of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.John McClellan, Class of 1867.

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