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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1829

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

Thomas A. Davies​a

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Thomas Alfred Davies: Born Dec. 3, 1809, Black Lake (St. Lawrence Co.), NY.

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., 1st Infantry, July 1, 1829.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Crawford, Wis., 1829‑30,​b — Chippewa River, 1830, — and Ft. Crawford, Wis., 1830; and at West Point, N. Y., July 29, 1830, to July 9, 1831.

Resigned, Oct. 31, 1831.

Civil History. — Civil Engineer, 1831‑33, and 1840‑41, on Croton Aqueduct, to supply water to the city of New York. Merchant, New York city, 1833‑39, and 1841‑61.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding

(Colonel, 16th New York Volunteers, May 15, 1861)

States, 1861‑65: in Defense of Washington, D. C., May‑July, 1861; in the Manassas Campaign, July, 1861, being engaged in a skirmish near Fairfax C. H., July 18, 1861, — and Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861; in the defenses of Washington, July‑Oct., 1861; on sick leave of absence, Oct., 1861; in the defenses of Alexandria, Va., Nov., 1861, to Mar. 7,

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 7, 1862)

1862; in the Mississippi Campaign of 1862, being engaged in the Advance upon and Siege of Corinth, Apr. 12 to May 30, 1862; on sick leave of absence, June‑July, 1862; in Northern Mississippi, being present at the Battle of Iuka, Sep. 19, 1862, but not engaged, — and participated in the Battle of Corinth, Oct. 3‑4, 1862; in command of the District of  p439 Columbus, Ky., Oct. 23, 1862, to Jan. 11, 1863, — of the District of Rolla, Mo., Mar., 1863, to Mar., 1864, — of the District of North Kansas, Mar., 1864, to Apr., 1865, — and of the District of Wisconsin, Apr. 20 to

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, July 11, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services)

June 15, 1865; and on leave of absence, June 15 to Aug. 24, 1865.

Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Aug. 24, 1865.

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
Died near Ogdensburg, N. Y., Aug. 10, 1899: Aged 90.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

See Annual Association of Graduates U. S. M. A., 1900, for an obituary notice.​c

Buried, Davies Cemetery, Oswegatchie, NY.

Thayer's Notes:

a He was the younger brother of Prof. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Charles Davies.

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b Where his duties, and almost everyone else's, had to do with the construction of the new fort, the first having proved inadequate; we catch a glimpse of him in Bruce E. Mahan, Old Fort Crawford and the Frontier, pp134 f.

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c The 20‑page obituary is full of interesting detail, and well worth reading.

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