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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1832

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

James V. Bomford​1

(Ap'd D. C.)


James Vote (or Voty) Bomford: Born Oct. 5, 1811.

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., 2d Infantry, July 1, 1832.

Served: on the "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at the seat of war;​a on Engineer duty, Sep. 28, 1832, to May 1, 1834; in garrison at

(Second Lieut., 2d Infantry, Oct. 6, 1834)

Ft. Mackinac, Mich., 1834‑35, — Ft. Gratiot, Mich., 1835, — Hancock Barracks, Me., 1835‑36, — Ft. Independence, Mas., 1836, — Ft. Gratiot, Mich., 1836‑37, — and Ft. Howard, Wis., 1837; in the Florida War, 1837‑38; on the Northern Frontier during Canada Border Disturbances,

(First Lieut., 8th Infantry, July 7, 1838)

as Adjutant of 8th Infantry, at Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1838, — Ogdensburg, N. Y., 1838‑39, — and Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1839‑40; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1840; on Recruiting service, 1840‑42; in garrison at Ft. Shannon, Fla., 1842, — Ft. Marion, Fla., 1842‑45, — and Ft. Brooke, Fla., 1845; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46;

(Captain, 8th Infantry, Mar. 4, 1845)

in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846, — Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, 1846, — Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Capture of San Antonio, Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Molino

(Bvt. Major, Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, —

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Sep. 8, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Molino del Rey, Mex.)

and Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; and on frontier duty at Port Lavaca, Tex., 1848‑49, — San Antonio, Tex., 1849, — Ft. Graham, Tex., 1849‑51, — Ft. Gates, Tex., 1851, — Ft. Worth, Tex., 1851‑52, — Scouting, 1852, — Ft. McKavett, Tex., 1852, 1853‑54, — Ft. Clark, Tex., 1854, — Ft. Davis, Tex., 1854‑55, — Scouting, 1855, — Ft. Davis, Tex., 1855‑58, — Ft. Quitman, Tex., 1859‑60, — and Ft.

(Major, 6th Infantry, Oct. 17, 1860)

Davis, Tex., 1860‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: as Prisoner of War in Texas, May 9, 1861, to Apr. 9, 1862; with his regiment,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 16th Infantry, Jan. 10, 1862)

July‑Nov., 1862, in the retrograde movement of the Army, commanded by Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Buell, being engaged in, as Chief of Staff to Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.McCook, in the Battle of Perryville, Ky., Oct. 8, 1862; as Superintendent

(Bvt. Colonel,​b Oct. 8, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Perryville, Ky.)

of Volunteer Recruiting Service, and Mustering Officer at Indianapolis, Ind., Jan. 1 to May 30, 1863; as Acting Asst. Provost Marshal General of Western Division of Pennsylvania, May 30, 1863, to July 31, 1864; in command of Ft. Columbus, N. Y., Sep. 4, 1864, to Feb. 14, 1865;

(Colonel, 8th Infantry, May 18, 1864)

on leave of absence, June 16 to Nov. 2, 1865; in command of regiment  p525 at Baltimore, Md., Nov. 2, 1865, to May 10, 1866, — and at Winchester, Va., June 12 to Aug. 23, 1866.

Served: in command of District of North Carolina, Sep. 20, 1866, to Apr., 1867, — of regiment at Raleigh, N. C., Apr., 1867, to May 18, 1868, — of District of South Carolina, May 18, 1868, to Oct. 23, 1870, — and of regiment at David's Island, New York Harbor, Nov. 5, 1870, to July 5, 1872; as Acting Inspector in the Department of the Platte, at Omaha, Neb., July 15 to Oct. 1, 1872; in command of regiment, at Fort D. A. Russell, Wy., Oct. 5, 1872, to Nov. 26, 1873; and on sick leave of absence, Nov. 16, 1873, to June 8, 1874.

Retired from Active Service, June 8, 1872,
under the Law of July 17, 1862, he being over the Age of 62 Years.

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
Died Jan. 6, 1892, at Elizabeth, N. J.: Aged 80.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1892, for an obituary notice.

Buried, Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, NJ.

The Author's Note:

1 Was the son of Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.George Bomford, Chief of Ordnance of the U. S. Army.

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 This is the last brevet recorded by Cullum; in the AOG obituary, however, he is titled General, and it is specifically stated that he was a Brevet Brigadier-General at the end of the war.

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