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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1830

Vol. I

(Born Md.)

Robert H. K. Whitely​a

(Ap'd Del.)


Robert Henry Kirkwood Whiteley,
Born Apr. 15, 1809, Cambridge, MD.​b

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., 2d Artillery, July 1, 1830.

Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, July 1, 1830.

Served: in garrison at Savannah, Ga., 1831, — Augusta Arsenal, Ga., 1831, — Savannah, Ga., 1831‑32, — Augusta Arsenal, Ga., 1832, — Ft. Moultrie, S. C., 1832‑33, during South Carolina's threatened nullification, — and Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., 1833; on Ordnance duty, Jan. 1, 1834, to June 28,

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, Dec. 28, 1835)

1836; in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1836, 1837‑38, being engaged in the Defense of Convoy at Wilika Pond, July 19, 1836;

(Bvt. Captain, July 19, 1836,
for Gallant Conduct in the War against the Florida Indians)

as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Washington Arsenal, D. C., 1838‑40, and

(First Lieut., Ordnance, July 9, 1838)

commanding, 1840; in command of Baton Rouge Arsenal, La., 1841‑43,

(Captain, Ordnance, Mar. 27, 1842)

1844‑49, 1849‑51, — of St. Louis Arsenal, Mo., 1851‑54, — of New  p455 York Ordnance Depot, 1854‑58, — and of Texas Arsenal, at San Antonio, 1858‑61, till seized by the State in rebellion.

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

(Major, Ordnance, Aug. 3, 1861)

of New York Arsenal, May 14, 1861, to Oct. 23, 1862.

Lieut.‑Colonel, Ordnance, June 1, 1863.

Bvt. Colonel, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services in the Ordnance Department.

Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Meritorious Services in the Ordnance Department.

Colonel, Ordnance, Apr. 6, 1866.

Served: in command of Alleghany Arsenal, Pa., Nov. 1, 1862, to Apr. 14, 1875; and as Member of Examination Board of Ordnance Officers for Promotion, 1867 and 1874.

Retired from Active Service, Apr. 14, 1875,
under the Law of July 17, 1862, he being over the Age of 62 Years.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — Resided at Baltimore, Md., from 1875 to 1896.

Died at Baltimore, Md., June 9, 1896: Aged 87.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1897, for an obituary notice.

Thayer's Notes:

a In the Official Register of the Officers and Cadets of the U. S. Military Academy, Cullum's Register and its successors down thru Vol. IX, his name is consistently spelled as I give it here; in his AOG obituary and on his tombstone, as well as in Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, it is spelled Whiteley.

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b Gen. Whiteley's birth data are from his AOG obituary; his full name is from his tombstone (q.v.)

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