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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1829

Vol. I

(Born England)​a

John C. Casey

(Ap'd N. J.)


John Charles Casey: Born 1809, in England.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1825, to July 1, 1829, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, July 1, 1829.

Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, July 1, 1829.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Pike, La, 1829‑30; at the Military Academy as Asst. Professor of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology, Jan. 21,  p427 1831, to Dec. 19, 1833; in garrison at Ft. Pike, La., 1834‑35; on Ordnance

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, Apr. 30, 1835)

duty, Mar. 24 to Oct. 13, 1835; in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1835‑39, being engaged in the Skirmishes at Camp Izard,

(Captain, Staff — Commissary of Subsistence, July 7, 1838)

Feb. 27, 28, 29, and Mar. 5, 1836, — Action of Oloklikaha, Mar. 31, 1836, — and in the performance of various Staff duties,​b and transferring Indians beyond the Mississippi, 1836‑39; as Purchasing Commissary at New York city, 1839‑41; as Assistant to the Commissary-General, at Washington,

(Captain, 2d Artillery, Jan. 4, 1842)

D. C., 1841‑47; as Member of the Board of Visitors to the Military Academy, 1843; in the War with Mexico, as Chief of Commissariat of

(Transferred to 3d Infantry, May 15, 1844)

(Vacated Regimental Commission, June 18, 1846)

the Army commanded by Major-General Taylor, Aug. 15, 1847, to May 13, 1848; on Commissary duty at Tampa Bay, Fla., 1848‑49; and as Commissioner for the removal of the Seminole Indians from Florida, Sep. 1, 1849, to Dec. 25, 1856, 1856.

Died, Dec. 25, 1856, at Ft. Brooke, Fla.: Aged 47.

Burial place unknown

Thayer's Notes:

a Fred W. Wallace, in The Story of Captain John C. Casey (Fla. Hist. QuarterlyXLI pp128‑129), quotes a letter from Casey to Secretary of War Calhoun in which he himself states that he was born in England. The entire paper, which deals mostly with how this honest man confronted the politics of Army life on the frontier — but also goes a ways toward explaining how his burial place came to be unknown when he was given an imposing public funeral — is interesting and well worth reading.

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b I don't know whether this fell under his official staff duties or, as seems more likely, was by private arrangement, but Lt. Casey was the executor of the estate of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.William Basinger, killed in Dade's Massacre: (Army and Navy Chronicle, Oct. 13, 1836, p240, legal notice placed by John C. Casey, Administrator of Lt. Basinger's estate, dated Fort Brooke, Sept. 22, 1836).

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