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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1828

Vol. I

(Born Me.)

Joseph L. Locke

(Ap'd Me.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1824, to July 1, 1828, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Artillery, July 1, 1828.

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1828.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1828‑29; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Sep. 8, 1829, to Sep. 1, 1831;​a on Ordnance duty, Sep. 1, 1831, to Dec. 31, 1833; in garrison at Ft. Wood, La., 1834, — Ft. Clinch, Fla.,

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, Nov. 17, 1834)

1834, — Ft. Brooke, Fla., 1834‑35, — and Savannah, Ga., 1835‑36; and in the Florida War, 1836.

Resigned, Aug. 16, 1836.

Civil History. — Chief Engineer of the Brunswick and Altamaha Canal Company, 1837‑40. Editor of the "Savannah Republican," Savannah, Ga., 1840‑53. Resided mostly in Europe, 1853‑62.

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

Died, Oct. 5, 1864, at Savannah, Ga.: Aged 56.

Buried, Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, GA.​c

Thayer's Notes:

a This tour of duty at the Point put Lt. Locke at the Academy during Edgar Allan Poe's passage thru the institution. He figures in Poe stories told by Baumer, Not All Warriors, pp168, 170.

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. In a serial article in the Richmond, Va., Dispatch, March 30, April 6, 27, and May 12, 1902, titled "Graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N. Y., Who Served in the Confederate States Army, with the Highest Commission and Highest Command Attained", the author Capt. W. Gordon McCabe, "late Adjutant Pegram's Battalion, A. P. Hill's Corps, Army Northern Virginia", states on the other hand that despite Cullum there is "No trace of his having been in the Confederate army."

On the third hand, according to a well-informed person with every appearance of quoting a published work, posting to the Georgia in the Civil War Message Board, Locke was — confirming the Register — "Major, Commissary of Subsistence, General Staff, C. S. A., Chief of Subsistence of Georgia at Savannah, Georgia, appointed Commissary Department May 24, 1861, dropped on May 20, 1864 return with no remarks, died October 6,º 1864."

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c Major Locke's gravesite was restored, as was that of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Robert W. Pooler, by the West Point Society of Savannah, and a ceremony held in January, 2007 to mark the event: see the article in Savannah Now, Jan. 22, 2007.

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