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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1830

Vol. I

(Born Pa.)

Simon H. Drum

(Ap'd Pa.)


Simon Henry Drum: Born June 1807, Greensburg, PA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1825, to July 1, 1830, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1830.

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1830.

Served: at the Military Academy, as Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Aug. 30, 1830, to June 18, 1832; on the "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at the seat of war;​a in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1833‑34, — Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1834, — and Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1834‑36; in Operations in Creek Nation, 1836; in the Florida War,

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Aug. 31, 1836)

1836‑38; in Cherokee Nation, 1838, while transferring the Indians to the West; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1838; in the Florida War, 1838‑39; at the Camp of Instruction near Trenton, N. J., 1839; on the Northern Frontier during Canada Border Disturbances, at Ft. Gratiot, Mich., 1839‑41, — and Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1841‑42; in garrison at Ft. Severn, Md., 1842‑45, — and Ft. Monroe, Va., 1845‑46; on Recruiting

(Capt., Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, June 29 to Aug. 18, 1846)

service, 1846; on Quartermaster duty at Cincinnati, O., 1846, — and in

(Captain, 4th Artillery, Aug. 18, 1846)

Military Occupation of Texas, 1846; and in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847,​1 — Battle of Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, — and Assault of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13, 1847, where, after entering the Belen Gate, and while directing the fire of a captured 9‑pounder (added to the Battery of Heavy Artillery commanded by him throughout the action) with consummate skill, indomitable energy, and most conspicuous gallantry, he was

Killed, Sep. 13, 1847: Aged 40.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

The Author's Note:

1 He recaptured, Aug. 19, 1847, at the Battle of Contreras, the two brass Field Pieces of his own regiment (4th Artillery), which the intrepid Captain O'Brien had abandoned at the Battle of Buena Vista, Mex., Feb. 23, 1847, after glorious service and the loss of nearly all the men and horses, either killed or wounded.

Thayer's Note:

a The phrase "but not at the seat of war" occurs frequently in the Register in connection with the Black Hawk War; the explanation in most cases is the one given in the biographical sketch of James Monroe (q.v.).

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