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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1831

Vol. I

(Born Del.)

Thomas Stockton

(Ap'd Del.)


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. Mackinac, Mich., 1832, — "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at the seat of war,​a — and Ft. Winnebago,

(Second Lieut., 5th Infantry, Aug. 31, 1835)

Wis., 1832‑33; and on Engineer duty, Mar. 18, 1833, to Oct. 31, 1836.

Resigned, Oct. 31, 1836.

Civil History. — Civil Engineer, 1836‑60. Assistant Engineer, Savannah Railroad, Ga., 1836, — and of Western and Atlantic Railroad, Ga., 1837‑40. U. S. Mail Contractor, and Insurance and Express Agent, 1844‑53. Asst. Engineer and General Superintendent, Mississippi Central Railroad, 1855. Judge Advocate General, Northern Division, Georgia Militia, 1838‑40, — Brig.‑General, Ohio Militia, 1844‑53 (as Acting Asst. Quartermaster-General, assisted in mustering Ohio Volunteers into service, for the War with Mexico, 1846), — and Major-General, Ohio Militia, 1853‑55.

Died, May 25, 1860, at Columbus, O.: Aged 50.

Thayer's Note:

a 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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