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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1826

Vol. I

(Born S. C.)

Richard W. Colcock

(Ap'd S. C.)


Richard Woodward Colcock: Born June 6, 1806.​a1

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

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Infantry, July 1, 1826.

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

Served: in garrison at Ft. Duval, Suwanee River, Fla., 1827, — Ft. King, Fla., 1827, — and Cantonment Clinch, Fla., 1827‑28; on frontier duty at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1828, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1828‑29, — Missouri River, 1829, — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1830, — Natchitoches,º La., 1830, — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1830‑31, — Choctaw Nation, 1831, — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1831, — and Camp Atkinson, La.,​b 1831‑32; on Quartermaster duty at Ft. Towson, I. T., 1832; on frontier duty at Ft. Jesup, La., 1832‑33; on Engineer duty, Oct. 15, 1833, to Jan. 28, 1834; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Feb. 25, to Mar. 18, 1834; on Engineer duty, Mar. 18, 1834, to Dec. 1, 1835; and

(First Lieut., 3d Infantry, May 31, 1835)

on leave of absence, 1835‑36.

Resigned, Apr. 1, 1836.

Civil History. — Resident Engineer of Charleston, S. C., Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati, O., projected Railroad, 1836‑39. Superintendent of the Public Works of the State of South Carolina, 1839‑42. Counselor at Law, South Carolina, 1842‑44. Superintendent of South Carolina Military Academy,º at Charleston, S. C., with the rank of Major, 1844‑52. Asst. Engineer, Northeastern Railroad (Charleston to Florence), S. C., 1852‑55. Weigher, U. S. Custom House, Charleston, S. C., 1855‑56.

Died, Jan. 9, 1856,​c at Charleston, S. C.: Aged 49.

Buried, St. Michael's Church Cemetery, Charleston, SC.​a2

Thayer's Notes:

a1 a2 Full name, birthdate, and burial place are from The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, 3:230‑231.

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b The Register actually has "Fort Atkinson, Io."; but I'm indebted to John Stanton at FortWiki for the correction. It was very easy for Gen. Cullum or his printers to confuse handwritten La. and Io., especially when the Iowa fort was a very common post for an officer to be sent to — but Camp Atkinson, Io. was not established until 1840. A post return from Camp Atkinson, La. in 1831 is conclusive (my highlighting):

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c According to The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, 3:231, he died Aug. 14, 1856.

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