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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1827

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

William S. Stilwell

(Ap'd Mas.)


Born 1809.

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., 3d Infantry, July 1, 1827.

Served on frontier duty at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1827‑30, — in the Cherokee Nation, 1830‑31, — and at Ft. Jesup, La., 1831‑32, 1832.

Resigned, Mar. 31, 1833.

After his resignation he became a Lieut. of Artillery in the Army of Texas, in her struggle for Independence, 1835‑36, being engaged in the Battle of San Jacinto, Tex., Apr. 21, 1836.​a

Died, 1837, in Texas: Aged 30.

Buried, Founders Memorial Park, Houston, TX.

Thayer's Note:

a I transcribe here the inscription on his tombstone, erected in 1930 by the State of Texas, because the information in it differs somewhat from that in the Register; and since it's incompletely transcribed on the Find-a‑Grave page (linked above), this will get it found by the search engines:

William S. Stilwell

A Private in Captain Isaac N. Moreland's Artillery at San Jacinto • Appointed Captain, December 26, 1836 • Born in New York 1809 • • • Died in Houston September 12, 1837

"Died in this city, on the 12th inst., suddenly, Captain William S. Stilwell, late of the Texian Army. The New Orleans and New York papers are requested to notice this."

Texas Telegraph

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