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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1809

Vol. I

(Born Ct.)

Abraham L. Sands

(Ap'd Ct.)

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, June 15, 1808, to Feb. 18, 1809, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Reg. of Artillerists, Feb. 18, 1809.

Served: in garrison at Atlantic Posts, 1809‑12; in the War of 1812‑15 with Great Britain, on Recruiting service, 1812‑13, — in garrison at Ft.

(First Lieut, Reg. of Artillerists, Feb. 10, 1813)

Charlotte, Mobile harbor, Ala., 1813‑14, — in the Defense of Ft. Bowyer,

(Transferred to Corps of Artillery, May 12, 1814)

Ala., Sep. 15, 1814, as Aide-de‑Camp to the commanding officer, — Attack  p93 and Capture of Pensacola, Fla., Nov. 7, 1814, acting as Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Jackson, — and Capture of Ft. Bowyer, Sep. 10, 1815; on the Florida Frontier, 1815‑19, participating, as Battalion Adjutant of Artillery, in Major-General Jackson's Campaign of 1817‑18 against the

(Captain, Corps of Artillery, Sep. 17, 1818)

Seminole Indians, and his seizure of Pensacola, Fla., May 24, 1818, being engaged in the Bombardment and Capture of Ft. San Carlos de Barrancas, Fla., May 26‑27, 1818; in garrison at Mobile, 1819, as Acting

(Captain, 4th Artillery,
in Re-organization of Army, June 1, 1821)

Adjutant-General of 8th Military Department, 1820‑21; and in garrison at Petite Coquille, La., 1821, — and at St. Marks, Fla., 1821‑22.

Resigned, Nov. 1, 1823.

Civil History. — Unknown.

Died, Dec. 25, 1840, at New York city: Aged 58.

Thayer's Note:

a A much better if still somewhat unclear account of his military service, especially in the so‑called Gutiérrez-Magee Expedition — which sought to wrest Texas from Spanish control — is given in The Handbook of Texas Online, copied elsewhere on the Web as well (except without its very useful links to further pages of context).

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