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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1829

Vol. I

(Born N. C.)

Theophilus H. Holmes

(Ap'd N. C.)


Theophilus Hunter Holmes: Born Nov. 13, 1804, Sampson County, NC.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1825, to July 1, 1829, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1829.

Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1829.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Jesup, La., 1830‑31, — Arkansas River, 1831‑32, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1832, 1833‑34, — Camp Canadian, I. T., 1834, — and Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1834‑36; on Recruiting service, 1836‑37;

(First Lieut., 7th Infantry, Mar. 26, 1835)

on frontier duty at Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1837‑38; as Adjutant, 7th Infantry, at Regimental headquarters, 1838; in Cherokee Nation, 1838‑39, while

(Captain, 7th Infantry, Dec. 9, 1838)

transferring Indians to the West; in the Florida War, 1839‑40, 1840‑41, 1841‑42; in garrison at New Orleans Barracks, La., 1842‑43, — Pass Christian, Mis., 1843, — New Orleans Barracks, La., 1843‑44, — Pass Christian, Mis., 1844, — and New Orleans Barracks, La., 1844‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Defense of Ft. Brown, May 3‑9, 1846, — Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, 1846, — and Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847;

(Bvt. Major, Sep. 23, 1846, for Gallant Conduct in the several Conflicts at Monterey, Mex.)

on Recruiting service, 1847; in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1848‑49; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1849‑50; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1850; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1850‑51, — Ft. Washita, I. T., 1851‑54, — Ft. Arbuckle, I. T., 1854‑55, — conducting recruits to Texas,

(Major, 8th Infantry, Mar. 3, 1855)

1856, — Ft. Bliss, Tex., 1856, — Ft. Stanton, N. M., 1856‑57, — Ft. Bliss,  p447 Tex., 1858, — and Navajo Expedition, 1858‑59; and as Superintendent of General Recruiting Service, July 1, 1859, to Apr. 6, 1861.

Resigned, Apr. 22, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — Farmer, Fayetteville, N. C., 1866‑80.

Died, June 20, 1880, at Fayetteville, N. C.: Aged 75.

Buried, MacPherson Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Fayetteville, NC.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he was one of the Confederacy's highest-ranking generals, but and the most success­ful. The deficiency is made good on several websites, e.g., at Encyclopedia of Arkansas.

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