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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1829

Vol. I

(Born N. J.)

Franklin E. Hunt

(Ap'd N. J.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1824, to July 1, 1829, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1829.

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1829.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1830‑31, — and Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1831‑32; on the "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at the seat of war;​a in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1832‑33, — and Ft. Monroe, Va., 1833; in Creek Nation, 1833‑34; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1834; on Engineer duty, Sep. 11, 1834, to June 28, 1836; in Operations in Creek Nation, 1836; in the Florida War, 1836‑38; in

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Aug. 15, 1836)

Cherokee Nation, 1838, while transferring the Indians to the West; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1838; in the Florida War, 1838‑39; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1839; at the Camp of Instruction near Trenton, N. J., 1839; on the Northern Frontier during Canada Border Disturbances, at Dearbornville, Mich., 1839‑41, — Detroit, Mich., 1841, — and Buffalo, N. Y., 1841‑42; in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., 1842‑44, — Carlisle Barracks, Pa., 1844‑45, — Ft. McHenry, Md., 1845‑46, — and Ft. Monroe, Va., 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, at Camargo;

(Captain, 4th Artillery, June 18, 1846, to Mar. 2, 1855)

on frontier duty at Ft. Polk, Tex., 1848‑50, — Ft. Brown, Tex., 1850, —  p435 and Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1850‑55; and on Paymaster duty, at Ft.

(Major, Staff — Paymaster, Mar. 2, 1855)

Leavenworth, Kan., 1855, — Ft. Snelling, Min., 1855‑57, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1857, — and on Utah Expedition, and in the Department of Utah, 1857‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: as Chief of the Pay District embracing Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and Indian Territories, 1861‑67, being Volunteer Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Curtis, in charge of the Artillery and the defenses of Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., during the Rebel Raid under General Price, in 1864.

Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Mar. 13, 1865,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion.

Served: as Chief Paymaster, District of Leavenworth, Kan., May 10, 1867, to Apr. 15, 1869, — of the Department of the Missouri, Apr. 15, 1869, to Feb. 24, 1871, and Mar. 2, 1872, to June 7, 1879; and Paymaster at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Feb. 24, 1871, to Mar. 3, 1877.

Lieut.‑Col., Staff — Dep. Paymaster‑Gen., Mar. 3, 1877.

Retired June 7, 1879, he being over the Age of 62 Years.

Died, Feb. 2, 1881, at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.: Aged 72.

Thayer's Note:

a The phrase "but not at (the) seat of war" occurs frequently in the Register in connection with the Black Hawk War; the explanation in most cases is the one given in the biographical sketch of James Monroe (q.v.).

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