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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1827

Vol. I

(Born Pa.)

David Perkins

(Ap'd Pa.)


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., 5th Infantry, July 1, 1827.

Served: on frontier duty at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1827‑28, — Ft. Snelling, Min., 1828‑29, — Ft. Howard, Wis., 1829‑30, 1830‑31, — and Ft. Winnebago, Wis., 1831‑32; on Recruiting service, 1832‑33; in garrison

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Mar. 4, 1833)

at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1833; on frontier duty at Ft. Gibson,

(Captain, 1st Dragoons, Nov. 4, 1833)

I. T., and on Expedition to Tow‑e‑ash Villages, 1834, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1834‑35, — Expedition to the Canadian River, 1835, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1835‑36, — and Nacogdoches, Tex., 1836; on Recruiting service, 1837; on Paymaster duty, 1837; and on Recruiting service, 1837‑38.

Resigned, Feb. 2, 1839.

Civil History. — Merchant at, and Captain of Citizens' Guard, Tampico, Mex., 1846‑47.​a

Died, Dec. 19, 1848, at New Orleans, La.: Aged 43.

Thayer's Note:

a Perkins may have been a sutler — a merchant specialized in selling to the Army — if he is to be identified with the "D. Perkins" reported in the National Register (Oct. 4, 1845, p65) as accompanying a detachment of U. S. troops bound for Port Aransas, Texas, then for parts unknown. In any case, his connection with New Orleans, where he died, would have been a natural one: for the close commercial ties between New Orleans and Tampico at that time, see Kendall, History of New Orleans, pp139‑140.

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