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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1832

Vol. I

(Born Pa.)

William Wall

(Ap'd Pa.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1828, to July 1, 1832, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1832.

Served: on the "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at the seat of war;​a at the Military Academy, as Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Aug. 28 to Oct. 29, 1832; in garrison at Ft. Constitution, N. H., 1832‑36;

(Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, Sep. 30, 1833)

in operations in Creek Nation, 1836; in the Florida War, 1836‑38, being on Quartermaster duty, 1837‑38; in the Cherokee Nation, 1838, while

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, Mar. 16, 1837)

transferring the Indians to the West; in garrison at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., 1838‑39; at the Camp of Instruction, near Trenton, N. J., 1839; in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., 1839‑41; and on Quartermaster duty in the

(Capt., Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, Jan. 9, 1841, to June 18, 1846)

 p512  Florida War, 1841‑42, — at Ft. Stansbury, Fla., 1842‑43, — Tampa Bay,

(Captain, 3d Artillery, June 27, 1843)

Fla., 1843; Ft. Macon, N. C., 1843‑44, — Ft. McHenry, Md., 1844‑45, — Baltimore, Md., 1845, — Boston, Mas., 1845‑46, — Texas, 1846‑47, — and in the War with Mexico, 1847, being engaged in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847.

Died, Aug. 13, 1847, at Puebla, Mex.: Aged 39.

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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