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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1811

Vol. I

(Born Vt.)

Gustavus Loomis

(Ap'd Vt.)

Born Sep. 23, 1789, Thetford, VT.

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, June 15, 1808, to Mar. 1, 1811, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Reg. of Artillerists, Mar. 1, 1811.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., New York harbor, 1811‑12; in the War of 1812‑15 with Great Britain, in garrison in New York harbor,

(First Lieut., Reg. of Artillerists, May 5, 1813)

1812‑13, — and on the Niagara Frontier, 1813, being engaged in the Capture

(Capt., Staff — Asst. Dep. Quartermaster-Gen., Apr. 9, 1813)

of Ft. George, U. C., May 27, 1813, and was taken prisoner at the Surprise of Ft. Niagara, N. Y., Dec. 19, 1813; on Ordnance duty,

(Transferred to Corps of Artillery, May 12, 1814)

1815‑17; in garrison at New York harbor, 1817‑19; on Coast Survey,

(Captain, Corps of Artillery, Apr. 7, 1819)

1819‑20; on Recruiting service, 1820; in garrison at Ft. Gadsden, Fla.,

(Captain, 1st Infantry, in re-organization of Army, June 1, 1821)

1820‑21, — and Baton Rouge, La., 1821‑25; in Creek Nation, 1825‑26; in garrison at Cantonment Clinch, Fla., 1826‑27, — and New Orleans, La.,

(Bvt. Major, Apr. 7, 1829, for Faithful Service Ten Years in One Grade)

 p98  1827‑28; on Recruiting service, 1828‑30; in garrison at Ft. Crawford, Wis., 1830‑32, and 1832‑33, during the "Black Hawk" Campaign; on detached service, Feb. 8 to June 19, 1833; on Recruiting service, 1833‑34; on frontier duty at Ft. Snelling, Min., 1834‑36, — Ft. Crawford, Wis., 1836‑37, — and Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1837; in the Florida War, 1837‑40, 1840‑41, 1841‑42, being engaged against the Seminole

(Major, 2d Infantry, July 7, 1838)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 6th Infantry, Sep. 22, 1840)

Indians in the Battle of Okee-cho-bee, Dec. 25, 1837; on frontier duty at Ft. Towson, I. T., 1842‑43,​aFt. Gibson, I. T., 1843‑44, — Ft. Towson, I. T., 1845‑46, — and Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1846‑48; in the War with Mexico, 1848; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1848, — Ft. Crawford, Wis., 1848, — and St. Louis, Mo., 1848‑49; on frontier duty at Ft.

(Colonel, 5th Infantry, Mar. 9, 1851)

Snelling, Min., 1849‑50, — and Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1850, as Superintendent of the General Recruiting Service, Oct. 1, 1850, to July 15, 1851; on frontier duty at Ft. Belknap, Tex., 1852‑53, — Ft. McIntosh, Tex., 1853‑54, and Ringgold Barracks, Tex., 1854‑55; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1856‑57, 1857‑58; in command of the Department of Florida, Apr. 27, 1857, to July 16, 1858; and absent on leave, 1858‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in Mustering Connecticut and Rhode Island Volunteers into Service, Apr. 18 to Aug. 19, 1861; as Superintendent of the General Recruiting Service,

(Bvt. Brig.‑General U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865, for Long and Faithful Services in the Army)

at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., Aug. 19, 1861, to Aug. 10, 1864; and on Court-Martial duty, 1864‑67.

Retired from Active Service, June 1, 1863, under the Law of July 17, 1862,
"having been borne on the Army Register more than 45 Years."

Died, Mar. 5, 1872, at Stratford, Ct.: Aged 83.

Buried, Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, CT.

Thayer's Note:

a Post returns show him commanding Fort Towson May 11, 1842 to Dec. 4, 1843 and again Feb. 8, 1845 to Mar. 6, 1846. Thanks to John Stanton at FortWiki for the heads‑up.

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