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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1828

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

John R. B. Gardenier

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1823, to July 1, 1828, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

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

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

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Crawford, Wis., 1829‑32, — Dubuque Mines, Io., 1832, — Galena Mines, Ill., 1832, — "Black Hawk" War against the Sac Indians, 1832, — Ft. Crawford, Wis., 1832‑33,​a — and Ft. Snelling, Min., 1833‑35; on Recruiting service, 1835‑38; in the Florida War, 1839, 1840, and 1841; on frontier duty at Ft. Crawford, Wis.,

(First Lieut., 1st Infantry, Sep. 4, 1836)

(Captain, 1st Infantry, June 11, 1839)

1841‑43, — Ft. Des Moines, Io., 1843‑44; on sick leave of absence, 1844‑46; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1846‑47; in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48, at Vera Cruz, 1847‑48, — and Cuernavaca, 1848; and on sick leave of absence, 1848‑50.

Died, June 26, 1850, at Dardanelle Springs, Ark.: Aged 42.

Thayer's Note:

a Managing boats was not something Lieutenant Gardenier did well, at least not in his early career; as he showed in two separate incidents at Fort Crawford recorded in Cpl. Fonda's diary and retold by Bruce E. Mahan in Old Fort Crawford and the Frontier, pp 130, 133‑134.

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