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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1829

Vol. I

(Born O.)

James Allen

(Ap'd Ind.)


Born Feb. 15, 1806.

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., 5th Infantry, July 1, 1829.

Second Lieut., 5th Infantry, July 1, 1829.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Brady, Mich., 1829‑33, — and Ft.

(Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Mar. 4, 1833)

Dearborn, Ill., 1833‑34; on Engineer duty, Jan. 10, 1834, to Oct. 15,

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, May 31, 1835)

1836; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1837; on Engineer

(Captain, 1st Dragoons, June 30, 1837)

duty, Apr. 10, 1837, to Dec. 28, 1838; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1839‑40, — Pottawatomie Country, 1840, — Ft. Leavenworth,  p443 Kan., 1840‑42, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1842, — March to Ft. Atkinson, Io., 1842, — Ft. Sanfordº, Io., 1842, — Raccoon Fork, Io., 1843, — Ft. Des Moines, Io., 1843‑44,​a — Raccoon Fork, Io., 1844, — Ft. Des Moines, Io., 1844‑45, — Expedition to Lac Qui Parle, 1845, — and Ft. Des Moines, Io., 1845‑46; and in the War with Mexico, 1846, as Lieut.‑Colonel, commanding Mormon Battalion of Missouri Volunteers, on the march to New Mexico, July 16, to Aug. 23, 1846.​b

Died, Aug. 23, 1846, at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.: Aged 40.

Buried, Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, KS.

Thayer's Notes:

a The Register, here as in just about every one of its thousands of biographical entries, is the merest outline. Capt. Allen's sojourn in Iowa included both an important peacekeeping mission and a good deal of exploration (see Bruce E. Mahan, Old Fort Crawford and the Frontier, pp224 f.227; and Iowa Journal of History and Politics, XIV.511‑512); an intimation of the latter can be got from a few lines of his writing quoted in Richman's Ioway to Iowa, pp37‑39.

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b For an assessment of Lt. Col. Allen by one of the Mormon sergeants under his command, see William Hyde's Private Journal, Aug. 26 and Sept. 3, 1846.

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