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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1832

Vol. I

(Born Mas.)

John Beach

(Ap'd N. H.)


Born Feb. 22, 1812, Gloucester, MA.​a

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., 1st Infantry, July 1, 1832.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Armstrong, Ill., 1832‑36, — and Ft.

(Second Lieut., 1st Infantry, Oct. 25, 1835)

(First Lieut., 1st Infantry, Dec. 31, 1837)

Crawford, Wis., 1836‑38; and on recruiting service, 1838.

Resigned, June 30, 1838.

Civil History. — U. S. Indian Agent for Sac and Fox Tribes, 1840‑47. Farmer and Merchant, Agency City, Io., 1847‑61.º

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66, in organizing and drilling Volunteers, loss of hearing having disqualified him for service in the field.

Civil History. — Farmer and Merchant, Agency City, Iowa, 1841‑63.º Engaged in literary pursuits, 1863‑74.​b

Died, Aug. 31, 1874, at Agency City, Iowa: Aged 62.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1875, for an obituary notice.​c

Buried, Chief Wapello's Memorial Park, Agency, IA.

Thayer's Notes:

a His birth data are from History of Wapello County, Iowa, I.306.

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b For an inkling of these "literary pursuits", see the AOG obituary linked a bit further on in the entry; but he also took time to record his experiences with the Sac and Fox Tribes in Iowa and their history, and some of this writing was incorporated into the History of Wapello County, Iowa: Chapter 3, "Indian Agency in Wapello County", is specifically credited to him, and is onsite.

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c This reference is not in the Register; it is my addition.

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