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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1829

Vol. I

(Born Me.)

Seth Eastman

(Ap'd Me.)


Born Jan. 24, 1808, Brunswick, ME.

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., 1st Infantry, July 1, 1829.

Second Lieut., 1st Infantry, July 1, 1829.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Crawford, Wis., 1829‑30, — and Ft. Snelling, Min., 1830‑31; on Topographical duty, Nov. 25, 1831, to Jan. 9, 1833; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Teacher of Drawing, Jan. 22,

(First Lieut., 1st Infantry, Nov. 14, 1836)

1833, to Jan. 22, 1840; in the Florida War, 1840‑41; on frontier duty

(Captain, 1st Infantry, Nov. 12, 1839)

 p436  at Ft. Snelling, Min., 1841‑46; on Recruiting service, 1846; on frontier duty at Ft. Snelling, Min., 1846‑48, — and on March through Texas to San Antonio, Fredericksburg, and the Nueces River, 1848‑49; in the Bureau of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Feb. 27, 1850, to May 10, 1855, illustrating the national work on the "History, Condition, and Future Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States," published by order of Congress, 1850‑57; on frontier duty at Ft. Duncan, Tex., 1855, — and Ft. Chadbourne, Tex., 1855‑56; on Special duty in the

(Major, 5th Infantry, Oct. 31, 1856)

Quartermaster-General's Office at Washington, D. C., 1857‑58; on frontier duty, in conducting recruits to Utah, 1858, — and at Ft. Crittenden, Utah, 1858‑59; and on Special duty at Washington, D. C., 1859‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: as

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 1st Infantry, Sep. 9, 1861)

Mustering and Disbursing Officer for Maine and New Hampshire, Apr., 1861, to Jan., 1863; as Military Governor of Cincinnati, O., Jan. 16,

(Retired from Active Service, Dec. 3, 1863, for Disability, resulting from Long and Faithful Service, and Disease and Exposure in the Line of Duty)

1863, to Jan. 20, 1864; in command of Elmira, N. Y., Jan. 26 to Oct., 1864, — and of Ft. Mifflin, Pa., Nov., 1864, to Nov., 1865; and as Member of Board for the Examination of Candidates for Promotion in the Army, Nov. 16, 1865, to Dec. 1, 1866.

Bvt. Colonel, and Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Aug. 9, 1866,
for Meritorious Services during the Rebellion.

Served: in command of Harrodsburg Military Asylum, Ky., Dec. 19, 1866, to Sep., 1867; and under the orders to Secretary of the Interior, Sep., 1867, to Feb. 21, 1870.

Civil History. — Elected Professor of Topographical Drawing and Painting in Jefferson College, Mis.: declined. Author of a "Treatise on Topographical Drawing," 1837. Member of the National Academy of Design, 1838.​a

Died, Aug. 31, 1875, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 68.

Buried, Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC.

Thayer's Note:

a Seth Eastman was one of the best American painters of the 19c: landscapes and genre paintings of native American life. Here is his Buffalo Hunt — a Central Plains vision of St. George slaying the Dragon:

[image ALT: An oil painting: against a sunset sky, on a generally rolling outcrop of grassy rock in an otherwise wide open landscape, a buffalo being speared by a lone rider on a rather heroic-looking horse. It is a painting titled 'Buffalo Hunt' by the 19c American artist Seth Eastman.]

Photograph in the public domain (Bridgeman v. Corel)

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