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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1827

Vol. I

(Born Md.)

William Maynadier

(Ap'd D. C.)


William Murray Maynadier: Born 1806 or Feb. 15, 1807.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1823, to July 1, 1827, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Artillery, July 1, 1827.

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1827.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1827‑28; on Ordnance duty at Ft. Monroe, Va., Oct. 11, 1828, to Sep. 26, 1831; as Adjutant of the Artillery School for Practice, at Ft. Monroe, Va., Sep. 26, 1831, to June 23, 1832; as Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Scott, July 29 to Oct. 1, 1832, on the "Black Hawk Expedition;" on Ordnance duty at Ft. Monroe, Va., Dec. 13, 1832, to Apr. 27, 1833; as Adjutant of the Artillery School for Practice, at Ft. Monroe, Va., Apr. 27 to Nov. 9, 1833; on Ordnance duty at Pikesville Arsenal, Md., Nov. 9, 1833, to

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, May 31, 1834)

 p388  Sep. 15, 1836; as Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Macomb, General-in‑Chief, Nov. 15, 1836, to Mar. 20, 1837; on Ordnance duty at Pikesville Arsenal, Md., Mar. 20, 1837, to July 7, 1838; in command of Pikesville

(Captain, Ordnance, July 7, 1838)

Arsenal, Md., 1838‑42; as Asst. Inspector of Ordnance, 1838‑42; as Principal Assistant in the Ordnance Bureau at Washington, D. C., 1842‑61; as Secretary of a Commission to investigate and report on the relative merits of the Civil and Military Systems of the Superintendence of the National Armories, 1853;​b as Member of a Board for testing Breech-loading Small Arms, 1858, — and for the trial of Rifle Cannon and Projectiles, 1860; and in command of Frankford Arsenal, Pa., 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: as Executive Assistant in the Ordnance Bureau at Washington, D. C., Apr. 27,

(Major, Ordnance, May 5, 1861)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Ordnance, Aug. 3, 1861)

1861, to Sep. 17, 1863; as Inspector of Armories, Arsenals, and Ordnance

(Colonel, Ordnance, June 1, 1863)

Depots, Sep. 17, 1863, to Aug. 25, 1864, during which time he examined most of the Ordnance establishments of the country; and as Executive Assistant in the Ordnance Bureau at Washington, D. C., Sep. 22, 1864, to Jan., 1867.

Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion.

Served: as Inspector of Arsenals and Armories, Jan., 1867, to July 3, 1871; and as Member of Board to determine the kind and character of Rifled Guns for Seacoast Armament, Jan. 18 to Feb. 6, 1867, — and of Examination Board of Ordnance Officers for Promotion, May, 1867.

Died, July 3, 1871, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 65.

Buried, Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC.

Obituary Order.

Upon the death of General Maynadier, the Chief of Ordnance issued the following order: —

"The sad duty of announcing to the Department the death of the lamented Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Rodman has scarcely been performed, when the Chief of Ordnance is called upon to announce the death of the oldest officer of the Corps, — one of its ablest members, — Brevet Brigadier-General William Maynadier, the Senior Colonel of the Corps, Inspector of Armories and Arsenals, who died in this city on the 3d instant, in the sixty-fifth year of his age.

"General Maynadier graduated at the Military Academy with the class of 1827, and was appointed Brevet Second Lieutenant of Artillery, and attached to the first regiment of that arm.

"His first duty was at the School of Practice at Fort Monroe, and subsequently he was made its Adjutant. While in the artillery, he was several times assigned to ordnance duty; was selected by Generals Scott and Macomb as one of their aides-de‑camp, — by the former during the Black Hawk war, and by the latter during the early part of the Florida War.

"On the increase of the Ordnance Corps in 1838, he was appointed Captain of Ordnance, dating July 7th of that year; was assigned to command of Pikesville Arsenal, and appointed Assistant Inspector of Ordnance. These duties he continued to perform until Feb. 1, 1842, when he was selected by the Chief of Ordnance as his assistant. Since that time he has been almost uninterruptedly on duty in, or in close official  p389 connection with, the Ordnance Office; having been associated with the successive chiefs of ordnance, and other officers, in nearly every important subject which has engrossed the attention of the Department during that time.

"His eminent administrative abilities, sound judgment, and experience have been of high importance to the Department, and were invaluable during the early years of the war.

"General Maynadier was an officer possessed of a rare sense of honor, and he performed all duties committed to him with a strict regard for justice. His death will be regretted by all who appreciated his worth.

"The officers of the Department will wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days."

Thayer's Notes:

a Birthdates from online sources, no print source given. He was the father of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Henry E. Maynadier, Class of 1851.

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b Good background on the problem is provided in the Biographical Sketch of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.James W. Ripley.

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