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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1830

Vol. I

(Born N. C.)

Alexander J. Swift​1

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born Mar. 4, 1810, Wilmington, NC.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1826, to July 1, 1830, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1830.

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1830.

Served: as Asst. Engineer in the construction of Ft. Caswell, N. C., and improvement of Cape Fear River, N. C., 1830‑1832, — and in the erection of Ft. Adams, Newport harbor, R. I., 1832‑35; as Superintending Engineer of the opening of Ocracoke Inlet, N. C., 1835‑39, — of the improvement

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Oct. 31, 1836)

of Cape Fear River, and of Pamlico Sound, N. C., 1836‑39, — of the construction of Ft. Caswell, N. C., 1836‑39, — and of the improvement of Core Sound, and of New River, N. C., 1838‑39; on professional

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, July 7, 1838)

duty in Europe, at the School of Application for the Artillery and Engineers at Metz, France, 1840‑41; at the Military Academy, as Instructor of Practical Military Engineering, June 30, 1841, to Sep. 12, 1846, — Treasurer, Dec. 19, 1845, to Sep. 12, 1846, — and Superintending Engineer of the construction of Cadets' Barracks, 1844‑1846; and in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, in command of Sappers, Miners, and Pontoniers, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑18,​b1 1847.

Died, Apr. 24, 1847, at New Orleans, La.:​b2 Aged 37.

Buried, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.​c

The Author's Note:

1 Was the son of General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Joseph G. Swift, the first Graduate of the U. S. Military Academy.

Thayer's Notes:

a From his father's memoirs, pp87 and 89.

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b1 b2 For his illness at Vera Cruz and his evacuation to New Orleans, see Annual Association of Graduates U. S. M. A., 1897, p14; we read there that he was evacuated from the battlefield on Mar. 10.

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c From his father's memoirs, p256.

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