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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1830

Vol. I

(Born R. I.)

George W. Patten

(Ap'd R. I.)


George Waynflete Patten: Born Dec. 25, 1808, Newport, RI.​a

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 Infantry, July 1, 1830.

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

Served: in garrison at Ft. Gratiot, Mich., 1830‑32, — Ft. Mackinac, Mich., 1832‑33, — Hancock Barracks, Me., 1833‑36, — and Ft. Independence, Mas., 1836; in Operations in Creek Nation, 1836; on Recruiting service, 1836‑37; in garrison at Ft. Howard, Wis., 1837; in the Florida

(First Lieut., 2d Infantry, Feb. 13, 1837)

War against the Seminole Indians, 1837, 1838, 1839‑42, being engaged in the Skirmish on Ocklawaha River, Mar. 4, 1841; in garrison at Oswego, N. Y., 1842‑46, — and Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1846; in the War with

(Captain, 2d Infantry, June 18, 1846)

Mexico, 1846‑47, — being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — and Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, where he lost his left

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

hand in storming the heights; on Recruiting service, 1847‑48; on sick

(Capt., Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, June, 1847: Declined)

leave of absence, 1848‑50; on Recruiting service, 1850‑52; on frontier duty on Expedition to Tulare Valley, Cal., 1852, at Ft. Miller, Cal., 1852‑53, — Benicia, Cal., 1853, — and Rogue River Expedition, 1853‑54; on Recruiting service, 1854; on frontier duty at Ft. Ripley, Min., 1854‑56; Ft. Ridgely, Min., 1856, — Ft. Lookout, Dak., 1856‑57, — Expedition to Yellow Medicine River, 1857, — Ft. Ripley, Min., 1857‑58, — Ft. Abercrombie, Min., 1858‑59, — and Ft. Ripley, Wis.,º 1859; on leave of absence, 1859‑60 and on frontier duty at Ft. Ripley, Min., 1860‑61, and Ft. Ridgely, Min., 1861.

 p467  Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in garrison

(Major, 9th Infantry, Apr. 30, 1861)

at San Francisco, Cal., 1861; on frontier duty at Ft. Steilacoom, Wash., 1862; in waiting orders, Jan.‑May, 1863; as Member of Military

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 2d Infantry, June 7, 1862)

Commissions at Washington, D. C., May 14, 1863, to Jan. 31, 1865; in

Retired from Active Service, Feb. 17, 1864, for Disability, resulting from Long and Faithful Service, and from Wound and Exposure in the Line of Duty)

waiting orders at Washington, D. C., Feb. 28 to Sep. 30, 1865; and on Courts-Martial at New York city, 1865.

Civil History. — Degree of A. M. conferred, 1830, by Brown University, R. I., of which he was a graduate in 1825. Author of numerous poetical effusions, 1830‑80.

Died, Apr. 28, 1882, at Houlton, Me.: Aged 74.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a Col. Patten's birth data are from his AOG obituary; his middle name is from his tombstone, q.v.

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