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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1830

Vol. I

(Born Va.)

John B. Magruder

(Ap'd Va.)


John Bankhead Magruder: Born 1807 (?),​a Port Royal, VA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1826,  p456 to July 1, 1830, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1830.

Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1830.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1831, — Newberne, N. C., 1831‑32, — Beaufort, N. C., 1832, — and Ft.

(Transferred to 1st Artillery, Aug. 11, 1831)

McHenry, Md., 1833; on Recruiting service, 1833; in garrison at Ft. Macon, N. C., 1834‑35, — Ft. Johnston, N. C., 1835, — and Ft. Washington,

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Mar. 31, 1836)

Md., 1835; on Ordnance duty, Nov. 22, 1836, to Oct. 19, 1837; in the Florida War, 1837‑38; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1838, — and Plattsburg, N. Y., 1838‑40, during Canada Border Disturbances; on Recruiting service, 1840‑42; in garrison at Houlton, Me., 1842‑44; on Recruiting service, 1844, 1845; in Military Occupation of Texas, at Corpus Christi, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — and Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846; on Recruiting service, 1846‑47; in the War with

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

Mexico, 1847, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of La Hoya,

(Bvt. Major, Apr. 18, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Mex.)

June 20, 1847, — Skirmish of Ocalaca, Aug. 16, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, — and Assault and Capture of

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Sep. 13, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Chapultepec, Mex.)

the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., 1848‑49; on Recruiting service, 1849‑50; on frontier duty at San Diego, Cal., 1850‑51, 1851‑53; on leave of absence, 1853‑55; on frontier duty at San Antonio, Tex., 1855‑56, — and Ft. Clark, Tex., 1856; in garrison at Baton Rouge, La., 1856‑57, — and Ft. Adams, R. I., 1857, 1858‑59; on frontier duty at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., 1859‑60; and in garrison at Washington, D. C., 1860‑61.

Resigned, Apr. 20, 1861.

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

Civil History. — Unknown.

Died, Feb. 19, 1871, at Houston, Tex.: Aged 64.

Buried, Old City Cemetery, Galveston, TX.

Thayer's Notes:

a Commonly seen on webpages (nearly all of them clones of a page at a site known for its unreliability): May 1, 1807, and this may well be right; but at least one printed work (Spencer C. Tucker, U. S. Leadership in Wartime: Clashes, Controversy, and Compromise, I.348) gives August 15, 1807; and in "The Pendleton Family", The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 41, No. 2 (Apr., 1933), p167, we find 1810.

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he was a generally success­ful general with a streak of genius. The deficiency is made good on several websites, e.g., at the Find-a‑Grave page linked to above.

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