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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1831

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

George H. Talcott

(Ap'd N. Y.)


George Henry Talcott: Born July 16, 1811, New York, NY.​a

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., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1831.

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1831.

 p475  Served: in garrison at Ft. Wolcott, R. I., 1831‑32; on Recruiting service, 1832; in garrison at Ft. Wolcott, R. I., 1832; on the "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at the seat of war;​b in garrison at Ft. Wolcott, R. I., 1832‑33; on Recruiting service, 1833; in garrison at Ft. Trumbull, Ct., 1833, — Ft. Independence, Mas., 1833, — and Ft. Monroe, Va., 1833‑35; in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1835‑36, being engaged in the Combat of Withlacoochee, Dec. 31, 1835, — Skirmish

(Bvt. First Lieut., Dec. 31, 1835,
for Gallant Conduct on Several Occasions
in the War against the Florida Indians)

near Micanopy, June 9, 1836, — and Defense of Convoy at Wilika Pond, July 19, 1836; on Ordnance duty, Aug. to Dec. 31, 1836, and May 10,

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, Sep. 15, 1836)

1837, to July 9, 1838; as Asst. Ordnance Officer, at Watervliet Arsenal,

(First Lieut., Ordnance, July 9, 1838)

N. Y., 1838‑41; in command of Augusta Arsenal, Ga., 1841‑44, 1844‑46, — and superintending armament of defenses of Pensacola harbor, Fla., 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Battle

(Major, Voltigeurs, Apr. 9, 1847)

of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, in command of Howitzer and Rocket Battery,​c — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, where he

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Sep. 8, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battle of Molino del Rey, Mex.)

was wounded; on sick leave of absence, disabled by wounds, 1847‑48.

Disbanded as Major of Voltigeurs, Aug. 28, 1848.

Reinstated, by Act of Congress of July 19, 1848, with his original rank as

Captain of Ordnance, to date from Mar. 3, 1847.

Served: in superintending the armament of fortifications, 1848‑49; and

(Bvt. Major, to date from Sep. 8, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battle of Molino del Rey, Mex.)

in command of New York Ordnance Depot, 1849‑51, — and of Augusta Arsenal, Ga., 1851‑52, 1852‑53, 1853‑54.

Died, June 8, 1854, at Indian Springs, Ga.: Aged 43.

Buried, Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, GA.

Thayer's Notes:

a Maj. Talcott's middle name and birth data are from Sebastian V. Talcott, Genealogical Notes of New York and New England Families (Albany, 1883; p290): a primary source is the Bogart Family Bible (as transcribed at USGenWeb). His middle name is confirmed by Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army.

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b The phrase "but not at (the) seat of war" occurs frequently in the Register in connection with the Black Hawk War; the explanation in most cases is the one given in the biographical sketch of James Monroe (q.v.).

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c For good details of Maj. Talcott's rocket and howitzer service in the Mexican War, much more substantial than appears here, see Paul D. Olejar, "Rockets in Early American Wars" (Military Affairs 10:16‑34, passim); taking care, however, to disentangle the references there from those to his father Col. George Talcott, at the time Chief of Ordnance.

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