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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1829

Vol. I

(Born Va.)

Benjamin W. Brice

(Ap'd O.)


Benjamin Wilson Brice: Born Nov. 30, 1806, Harrison County, Va.​a1

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 Infantry, July 1, 1829.

Served: on frontier duty at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1829‑30, — Ft. Armstrong, Ill., 1830‑31, — and on Expedition against the Sac Indians, 1831.

Resigned, Feb. 13, 1832.

Civil History. — Brigade Major, Ohio Militia, 1835‑39. Counselor at Law, 1845. Associate Judge of Common Pleas, Licking County, O., 1845. Adjutant-General of State of Ohio, 1846.

Military History. — Re-appointed in the U. S. Army with the rank of

Major, Staff — Paymaster, Mar. 3, 1847.

Served: in Pay Department, at Cincinnati, O., 1847, — in the War with Mexico, at Camargo, 1847, and at Monterey, Saltillo, and Brazos Island, 1848, — and at Ft. Brown, Tex., 1848‑49.

Disbanded, Mar. 4, 1849.

Re-appointed in the United States Army with the rank of

Major, Staff — Paymaster, Feb. 9, 1852.

Served: in the Pay Department, in the Southern District of New Mexico, headquarters at Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1852‑54, — at New Orleans, La., 1854‑56, — Southern District of New Mexico, headquarters at Ft. Bliss, 1856‑59, — on Special service in Florida, 1859, — and District of Kansas and Territories, headquarters at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1859‑61.

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

(Colonel, Staff — Paymaster-General, Nov. 29, 1864)

of the Pay District of Kansas and Territories, 1861‑62, — and of the Pay

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Bvt. Colonel, and Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Dec. 2, 1864)

District embracing New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware,

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865, for Faithful, Meritorious, and Distinguished Services in the Pay Department during the Rebellion)

headquarters at Baltimore, 1862‑64.

Brig.‑Gen., Staff — Paymaster-General, July 28, 1866.

Served: in charge of the Pay Department, Washington, D. C., Oct. 8, 1864, to Jan. 1, 1872.

Retired from Active Service, Jan. 1, 1872, at his own Request, under the Law of July 17, 1862, he being over the Age of 62 Years.

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
Died at Washington, D. C., Dec. 4, 1892: Aged 86.

Buried, Soldiers Home National Cemetery, Washington, DC.​a2

Thayer's Note:

a1 a2 The birth and burial data are from John H. Eicher & David J. Eicher, Civil War high commands, p144; where the date of his death is given as Dec. 5th.

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