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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1832

Vol. I

(Born S. C.)

Edward Deas

(Ap'd S. C.)


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

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1832.

Served: on the "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at the seat of war;​a in garrison at Ft. Gratiot, Mich., 1832‑33, — and Ft. Hamilton,

(Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, Oct. 31, 1833)

N. Y., 1833‑34, 1835; in transferring Indians,​b May 24, 1835, to June 28,

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Oct. 24, 1836)

1836, and Apr. 20, 1837, to Apr. 15, 1839; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1839; at the Camp of Instruction, near Trenton, N. J., 1839; on the Northern Frontier during Canada Border Disturbances, at Cleveland, O., 1839‑40, — Recruiting, 1840, — Special duty, 1840‑41, — Detroit, Mich., 1841, — and Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1841‑42; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1842‑43, — Carlisle Barracks, Pa., 1843‑44, — and Ft. Monroe, Va., 1844‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; and in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Battle of Monterey,

(Captain, 4th Artillery, Feb. 16, 1847)

Sep. 21‑23, 1846, — on Quartermaster duty, 1846‑47, — and in garrison

(Dismissed, Apr. 11, 1848, and Reinstated, June 15, 1848, with former Rank)

at Buena Vista, Mex., 1847‑48.

Drowned, May 16, 1849, in the Rio Grande, Tex.: Aged 37.

Buried, Alexandria National Cemetery, Pineville, LA.

Thayer's Notes:

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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b I am indebted to a knowledgeable correspondent for the following links to Deas's own records of the Indian removal under his supervision:

Creek Removal, Journal of Occurrences, May‑June 1837.

Cherokee Removal, Journal of Occurrences, April‑May 1838 and June 1838.

On the same site, a series of brief letter reports by Deas to various superiors:

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