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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1830

Vol. I

(Born Va.)

Thomas L. Alexander

(Ap'd Ky.)


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., 6th Infantry, July 1, 1830.

Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, July 1, 1830.

Served: on frontier duty at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1830‑31, — Rock Island, Ill., 1831, — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1831‑32, — in "Black Hawk" War against the Sac Indians, 1832, being engaged in the Battle of Bad Axe River, Aug. 2, 1832, — and Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1832‑34; as Aide-de‑Camp to Bvt. Brig.‑General Atkinson, Mar. 17, 1834, to July 7, 1838; in garrison at Ft. Jackson, La., 1838; in the Florida

(First Lieut., 6th Infantry, Apr. 18, 1837)

War, 1839‑40, 1841‑42; in transferring Indians, 1842; on frontier

(Captain, 6th Infantry, July 7, 1838)

duty at Ft. Washita, I. T., 1842‑43, — and Ft. Towson, I. T., 1843‑44, 1845‑46;​a in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of Amazoque, May 14, 1847, — Capture of San Antonio, Aug. 20, 1847, — and Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847;

(Bvt. Major, Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

on frontier duty at Ft. Atkinson, Kan., 1848‑49; on Recruiting Service, 1849‑50; on frontier duty at Ft. Snelling, Min., 1851‑53; on Recruiting

(Major, 8th Infantry, June 9, 1853)

service, 1853; and as Deputy Governor of the Military Asylum at Harrodsburg, Ky., Sep. 13, 1854, to May 14, 1858, — and Lieut.-Governor  p462 of the Soldiers' Home, near Washington, D. C., May 16, 1858, to Mar. 8,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 5th Infantry, July 31, 1861)


Retired from Active Service, Oct. 16, 1863, for Disability resulting from Long and Faithful Service, and from Sickness and Exposure contracted in the Line of Duty.

Served: as Member of Examining Board of Applicants for promotion in the Army, March 8, 1864, to Dec. 31, 1867; and on Court-martial duty, July, 1868, to Jan., 1869.

Died, Mar. 11, 1881, at Louisville, Ky.: Aged 73.

Thayer's Note:

a Post returns show him commanding Fort Towson briefly, from Mar. 16, 1846 to some time the following month. Thanks to John Stanton at FortWiki for the heads‑up.

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