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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1827

Vol. I

(Born N. C.)

Gabriel J. Rains​a

(Ap'd N. C.)


Gabriel James Rains: Born June 4, 1803, Craven County, NC.

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 Infantry, July 1, 1827.

Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1827.

Served: in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1828, — and Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1828‑31; on Commissary duty, subsisting Indians, 1831‑34;

(First Lieut., 7th Infantry, Jan. 28, 1834)

on frontier duty at Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1834‑35, — and Little Rock, Ark., 1835; on Recruiting service, 1835‑37; on frontier duty at Ft. Gibson,

(Captain, 7th Infantry, Dec. 25, 1837)

I. T., 1837‑39; in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1839‑40, 1841‑42, being engaged in the Skirmish near Ft. King, Apr. 28, 1840,

(Bvt. Major, Apr. 28, 1840,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Action with the Seminole Indians, near Fort King, Fla.)

where he was severely wounded; in garrison at Ft. Wood, La., 1842‑44, — Baton Rouge, La., 1844‑45, — and Ft. McRee, Fla., 1845; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846, being engaged in the Defense of Ft. Brown, May 3‑9, 1846; on Recruiting service, 1846‑48; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1848‑49; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1849‑50; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1850, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1850, — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1850‑51, — Ft. Gratiot, Mich., 1851‑52, — and Ft.

(Major, 4th Infantry, Mar. 9, 1851)

Columbus, N. Y., 1852; on voyage to California, 1852‑53; on frontier duty at Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1853, — Ft. Dalles, Or., 1853‑55, — Expedition against the Yakima Indians, 1855, — Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1855‑56, — Ft. Humboldt, Cal., 1856‑60, — and Ft. Vancouver, Wash.,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 5th Infantry, June 5, 1860)

1860; and on leave of absence, 1860‑61.

Resigned, July 31, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​b

Civil History. — Clerk of Quartermaster, U. S. Army, at Charleston, S. C., 1877‑80.

Died, Aug. 6, 1881, at Aiken, S. C.: Aged 78.

Buried, St. Thaddeus Cemetery, Aiken, SC.

Thayer's Notes:

a He was the father of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Sevier M. Rains.

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: with his brother Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.George Rains, he is best known for inventing and manufacturing early types of land mines and torpedoes. Among the better articles online: "The Confederacy's Bomb Brothers" by Peggy Robbins.

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