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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1827

Vol. I

(Born N. C.)

Joseph H. La Motte

(Ap'd N. C.)


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., 1st Infantry, July 1, 1827.

Served: in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1827‑28; on frontier duty at Ft. Crawford, Wis., 1828‑32; on Recruiting service, 1832‑34; on

(First Lieut., 1st Infantry, July 11, 1833)

frontier duty at Ft. Crawford, Wis., 1834‑35, 1836‑37, — and Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1837; in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1837‑38, being engaged in the Battle of Okee-cho-bee, Dec. 25, 1837, — and as Aide-de‑Camp to Bvt. Brig.‑General Taylor, June 24 to Oct. 31,

(Captain, 1st Infantry, July 7, 1838)

1838; in the Cherokee Nation, 1838‑39, while transferring the Indians to the West; in the Florida War, 1839‑40, and 1841; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1841‑42, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1842‑43, — Ft. Crawford, Wis., 1843‑45, — and Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846, being engaged in the Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, 1846, where he was severely wounded; on Recruiting service,

(Bvt. Major, Sep. 23, 1846,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Several Conflicts at Monterey, Mex.)

1846‑48; in the War with Mexico, 1848, as Acting Inspector-General of Brig.‑General Kearny's Division, at the City of Mexico; in garrison at East Pascagoula, Mis., 1848; and on frontier duty at Ringgold Barracks, Tex., 1848‑50, 1851‑52, — Ft. Clark, Tex., 1852, — Ft. Belknap, Tex.,

(Major, 5th Infantry, May 1, 1852)

1853‑54, — Ft. McIntosh, Tex., 1854, — and Ringgold Barracks, Tex., 1854‑56.

Resigned, Oct. 31, 1856.

Civil History. — Farmer, near St. Louis, Mo., 1856‑88.

Died, Nov. 15, 1888, at Ferguson, Mo.: Aged 81.

Buried, Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

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