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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1832

Vol. I

(Born Vt.)

William H. Pettes

(Ap'd Vt.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1827, to July 1, 1832, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1832.

Served: in garrison at Beaufort, N. C., 1832‑33, — and at Ft. Monroe,

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, Sep. 30, 1833)

 p518  Va., 1833; in Creek Nation, Mar., 1834; in garrison at Charleston harbor, S. C., 1834‑36; and in the Florida War, 1836, being engaged in the Defense of Volusia, Apr. 14, 1834, — and Skirmish, May 8, 1836.

Resigned, Sep. 11, 1836.

Civil History. — Asst. Commissioner for the distribution of supplies to destitute Floridians, 1836‑37. Civil Engineer, in the service of the United States, superintending Harbor Improvements at Salmon River, N. Y., 1837‑46, — at Genesee River, N. Y., 1842‑46, — at Buffalo, N. Y., 1853‑55, — and at Dunkirk, N. Y., 1855. Superintendent of the construction of Buffalo Custom House and Post Office, 1855‑59. Civil Engineer, near Buffalo, N. Y., 1859‑61.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑64: in the defenses of Washington, D. C., Sep. 22 to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 50th N. Y. Volunteers — Engineers, Sep. 18, 1861)

Nov. 28, 1861; at the Engineer Depot, Washington, D. C., Nov. 29, 1861, to Mar. 18, 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar.‑Sep., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5-May 4, 1862, — and Engineer Operations on the Chickahominy and James Rivers, June‑Sep., 1862; at Engineer Depot, Washington, D. C., Sep.‑Nov., 1862; in repairing roads, wharves, etc., at Acquia Creek, Va., Nov., 1862, to Mar., 1863; in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar.‑June, 1863, being engaged in Skirmishes while constructing Ponton Bridges at Pollock's Mill, Apr. 29, 1863, — Banks' Ford, May 3, 1863, — and Deep Run, June 5, 1863; in the Pennsylvania Campaign (Army of the Potomac), June‑July, 1863; at Engineer Depot, Washington, D. C., July 3 to Sep. 2, 1863, — Rappahannock

(Colonel, 50th New York Volunteers — Engineers, June 3, 1863)

Station, Va., Sep. 3 to Oct. 10, 1863, — Engineer Depot, Washington, D. C., Oct., 1863, to Mar., 1864; and Rappahannock Station, Va., Mar.‑Apr., 1864; in command of Engineer Depot, Washington, D. C., and supplying the Army of the Potomac with Engineer equipage, Apr., 1864, to June, 1865.

Mustered out of Service with Regiment, June 14, 1865.

Civil History. — Unknown.

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
Died, Feb. 29, 1880, at Fort Washington, Md.: Aged 68.

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