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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1829

Vol. I

(Born Ky.)

William R. McKee

(Ap'd Ky.)


William Robertson McKee: Born Sep. 29, 1808.

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., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1829.

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1829.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Preble, Me., 1829‑33; on Engineer duty,

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, Aug. 13, 1836)

Mar. 18, 1833, to June 28, 1836; and in Operations in the Creek Nation, 1836.

Resigned, Sep. 15, 1836.

Civil History. — Asst. Engineer of Charleston, S. C., Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati, O., projected Railroad, 1836‑38. Counselor at Law, Lexington, Ky., 1838‑44. Chief Engineer of Frankfort and Lexington Railroad, Ky., 1844‑46.

Military History. — Served in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, as

Colonel, 2d Regiment Kentucky Volunteers, June 9, 1846,

being engaged in the Battle of Buena Vista, where, while gallantly leading a charge of his regiment,​a he was

Killed, Feb. 23, 1847: Aged 39.

Buried, Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, KY.

Thayer's Note:

a According to J. S. Kendall, History of New Orleans, p167, he was stabbed to death while lying wounded on the field, as was Capt. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Henry Clay of the same regiment, q.v.

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