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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1826

Vol. I

(Born Ky.)

John B. Grayson

(Ap'd Ky.)


John Breckenridge​a Grayson:
Born Oct. 18, 1806, Cabell's Dale (Fayette County), KY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1821, to July 1, 1826, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

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

Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, July 1, 1826.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1826‑28; on Topographical duty, June 4, 1828, to Mar. 29, 1832; in garrison at Augusta Arsenal, Ga., 1833, — Ft. Mitchell, Ala., 1833‑34,

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, Apr. 30, 1834)

Ft. Wood, La., 1834, — Bay of St. Louis, Mis., 1834, — and Ft. Wood, La., 1834‑35; in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1835‑36, being engaged in the Skirmishes at Camp Izard, Feb. 27, 28, 29, and Mar. 5, 1836, — and Action of Oloklikaha, Mar. 31, 1836; on Commissary duty at New Orleans, La., 1836‑47; in the War with Mexico,

(Capt., Staff — Commissary of Subsistence, July 7, 1838)

(Captain, 2d Artillery, Dec. 11, 1838, to June 18, 1846)

1847‑48, as Chief of Commissariat of the Army under the command of Major-General Scott, and was present at the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Battle of

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

Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — Battle of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, — and Assault and Capture of the

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, Sep. 13, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Chapultepec, Mex.)

City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; on Commissary duty at Detroit, Mich., 1848‑55, — and as Chief of Commissariat of the Department of New

(Major, Staff — Commissary of Subsistence, Oct. 21, 1852)

Mexico, Aug. 27, 1855, to July 1, 1861.

Resigned, July 1, 1861.​b

Died, Oct. 21, 1861, at Fernandina, Fla.: Aged 55.

Buried, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans, LA.

Thayer's Notes:

a The spelling Breckinridge is also very frequently seen, and the two spellings of that common 19c name are confused to the point of near-interchangeability; I haven't seen his signature, nor that of his grandfather John Breckinridge, Attorney-General in Jefferson's cabinet. His name, however, is given as Grayson, John Breckenridge on p30 of List of Cadets admitted into the United States Military Academy, West Point, N. Y., from its Origin till September 1, 1886, by William Ward, Clerk in charge of Cadet Records (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1887).

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b Cullum omits his usual "Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States". Grayson, however, was commissioned a Brigadier General in the Confederate Army by President Davis, and appointed commanding officer of the Department of Middle and Eastern Florida.

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