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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1831

Vol. I

(Born Ky.)

Henry Clay​1

(Ap'd Ky.)


Henry Clay, Jr.: Born Apr. 10, 1811.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1827, to July 1, 1831, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, July 1, 1831.

On authorized graduation leave of absence, July 1, 1831, to Nov. 1, 1831.

Resigned, Nov. 1, 1831.

Civil History.— Counselor at Law in Kentucky, 1833‑46. Member of the House of Representatives of the State of Kentucky, 1835‑37.

Military History. — Served in the War with Mexico of 1846‑48 as

Lieut.‑Colonel, 2d Reg. Kentucky Volunteers, June 9, 1846,

being engaged in the Battle of Buena Vista, Feb. 22‑23, 1847, where, while gallantly leading a charge of his regiment, he was Mortally Wounded, and in that condition was

Lanced to Death, Feb. 23, 1847: Aged 36.

Buried, Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, KY.

[image ALT: A rectangular slab of carved veined stone, figuring a sword and its scabbard, crossed within an oak wreath and the prominent words BUENA VISTA, as well as an inscription, given in the text of this webpage. It is the grave of Henry Clay, Jr., in Frankfort, Kentucky.]

Henry Clay is buried with other Mexican War dead near the Kentucky War Monument, after a first funeral in New Orleans (Kendall's History of New Orleans, p167).

The inscription — which can be made out in full, although with some difficulty still, in this close‑up — reads:


Lieut. Col. 2d Regiment Kentucky infantry

Fell February 23, 1847

The Author's Note:

1 Was the son of Henry Clay, of Kentucky, the great Orator and Statesman.

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