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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1826

Vol. I

(Born D. C.)

Augustus J. Pleasontonºa

(Ap'd D. C.)


Augustus James Pleasonton: Born 1806.

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., 6th Infantry, July 1, 1826.

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

Transferred to 1st Artillery, Oct. 24, 1826.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1826‑27; and on Topographical duty, June 16, 1827, to Jan. 17, 1828, and June 14, 1828, to June 30, 1830.

Resigned, June 30, 1830.

Civil History. — Counselor at Law, Philadelphia, Pa., since 1832. Brigade Major, Pennsylvania Militia, 1833‑35, — and Colonel, 1835‑45, being severely wounded, July 7, 1844, with a musket ball, while commanding his regiment, in a desperate conflict with a formidable body of armed rioters, in Southwark, Philadelphia County, Pa. Asst. Adjutant-General and Paymaster-General of the State of Pennsylvania, Dec. 11, 1838, to Oct. 11, 1839, during political disturbances at Harrisburg, Pa. President of Harrisburg, Portsmouth, Mountjoy, and Lancaster Railroad Company, Pa., 1839‑40.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: as Brig.‑General, Pennsylvania Militia, May 16, 1861, to organize and command a Home Guard of 10,000 men of the several arms of cavalry, artillery, and infantry, for the defense of the city of Philadelphia, Pa.

Civil History. — Author of Scientific Papers: "On the Influence of the Blue Color of the Sky in Developing Animal and Vegetable Life," 1861‑78. Residence, Philadelphia, Pa.

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
Died at Philadelphia, Pa., July 26, 1894: Aged 86.

See Annual Association of Graduates U. S. M. A., 1895, for an obituary notice.

Buried, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC.

Thayer's Note:

a He was the brother of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Alfred Pleasonton, Class of 1844.

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