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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1830

Vol. I

(Born Mas.)

James H. Prentiss

(Ap'd Ind.)


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., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1830.

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1830.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1831; on Regimental Staff Duty, 1831; on Commissary duty, 1831; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1831‑32; on "Black Hawk Expedition", 1832, but not at the seat of war;​a in Adjutant-General's Office, Washington, D. C., Dec. 8, 1832, to Nov. 3, 1835; as Adjutant, 1st Artillery, at Regimental Headquarters, Nov. 3, 1835, to Oct. 10, 1836; in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1836,

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Feb. 29, 1836)

as Aide-deCamp to Bvt. Brig.‑General Eustis, being engaged in the Skirmish of Okihumphy Swamp, Mar. 30, 1836; on leave of absence in Europe, 1836‑38; as Aide-de‑Camp to Bvt. Brig.‑General Eustis, Nov. 20, 1838, to May 24, 1839; as Asst. Adjutant-General at Camp

(Bvt. Capt., Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, May 24, 1839, to June 18, 1846)

Washington, near Trenton, N. J., 1839, — at Hancock Barracks, Me., 1840‑41, — and Portland, Me., 1841, pending Maine Boundary controversy, — and at St. Louis, Mo., 1841‑43; on leave of absence, 1843; on Court-martial duty, 1843‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, as Asst. Adjutant-General of the column commanded by Brig.‑General Wool, on the march through Chihuahua, Sep. 12 to Dec. 24, 1846, — and

(Captain, 1st Artillery, June 18, 1846)

in command of a Battery of Heavy Artillery, hastening from the Rinconada Pass to the assistance of the Army commanded by Major-General Taylor, but arrived too late at Buena Vista (Feb. 24, 1847) to take part in that battle; and on frontier duty at Ft. Polk, Tex., 1848.

Died, Sep. 22, 1848, at Ft. Polk, Tex.: Aged 39.

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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