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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1831

Vol. I

(Born N. J.)

Horatio P. Van Cleve

(Ap'd N. J.)


Horatio Phillips Van Cleve: Born Nov. 23, 1809, Princeton, NJ.

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., 5th Infantry, July 1, 1831.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Howard, Wis., 1831, — and Ft. Winnebago,

(Second Lieut., 5th Infantry, Dec. 31, 1834)

Wis., 1831‑35, 1835‑36.​a

Resigned, Sep. 11, 1836.

Civil History. — Farmer, near Monroe, Mich., 1836‑39. School Teacher, Cincinnati, O., 1840‑41. Farmer, near Ann Arbor, Mich., 1842‑54. Civil Engineer in the service of the State of Michigan, 1855. U. S. Surveyor of Public Lands in Minnesota, 1856. Farmer in Minnesota, 1856‑61.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding

(Colonel, 2d Minnesota Volunteers, July 22, 1861)

States, 1861‑65: in Military Operations in Kentucky, 1861‑62, being engaged in the Combat of Mill Spring, Jan. 19, 1862; in Campaigns of the

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 21, 1862)

Army of the Ohio, Feb.‑Oct., 1862, being engaged in the Advance upon and Siege of Corinth, Apr. 16 to May 30, 1862, — and in frequent Skirmishes in pursuit of the Rebel General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Bragg's army from Louisville to Wild Cat, Ky.; in Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Rosecrans' Campaigns, 1862‑63, being engaged in the Battle of Stone River, Ten., Dec. 31, 1862–Jan. 3, 1863, where he was wounded, — Skirmish at Ringgold, Ga., Sep. 11, 1863, — Skirmish near Gordon's Mills, Ga., Sep. 23, 1863, — and Battle of Chickamauga, Ga., Sep. 19‑20, 1863; and in command of Murfreesborough, Ten., Nov. 27, 1863, to Aug. 21, 1865.

Bvt. Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion.

Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Aug. 24, 1865.

Civil History.Adjutant-General of the State of Minnesota, 1866‑70, and 1876 to 18–––. Appointed Warden of the State Prison of Minnesota, 1870: declined. Postmaster of St. Anthony, Min., 1871‑73. Residence, Minneapolis, Min.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Reinstated in the army with rank of Second Lieut. and

Retired by Act of Congress passed June 11, 1890, on June 19, 1890

— Adjutant-General of the State of Minnesota, 1866‑70, and 1876‑82.

Died at Minneapolis, Minn., April 24, 1891: Aged 81.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1891, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.

Thayer's Note:

a On March 22, 1836, at Fort Winnebago (then in Michigan Territory), he married Charlotte Ouisconsin Clark, daughter of Maj. Nathan Clark: Mrs. Van Cleve left us her Life-Long Memories of Fort Snelling, Minnesota, and Other Parts of the West (1888). In the bibliography to his Chicago and the Old Northwest, Milo Quaife, one of the best historians of the Midwest, describes the book as follows: "This volume contains the reminiscences, charmingly written, of the author's life, first as daughter and later as wife of an army officer, at Fort Snelling, Fort Winnebago, and other posts." Charlotte Van Cleve is said to have been the first European child born within the present limits of the State of Wisconsin. Her book is online at Archive.Org.

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