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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1832

Vol. I

(Born Ky.)

Humphrey Marshall

(Ap'd Ky.)


Born Jan. 13, 1812, Frankfort, KY.

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. Third Lieut., Mounted Rangers, July 1, 1832.

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Mar. 4, 1833.

Served: on the "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at the seat of war;​a and on leave of absence, 1832‑33.

Resigned, Apr. 30, 1833.

Civil History. — Counselor at Law, Frankfort, Ky., 1833‑34, — and at Louisville, Ky., 1834‑46. Captain, Kentucky Militia, 1836‑38, — Major, 1838‑41, — and Lieut.‑Colonel, 1841‑46.

Military History. — Served in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, as

Colonel, 1st Kentucky Cavalry Volunteers, June 9, 1846,

being engaged in the Battle of Buena Vista, Feb. 22‑23, 1847.​b

Disbanded, July 7, 1847.

Civil History. — Farmer, Henry County, Ky., 1847‑52, and 1853‑61. Member of the U. S. House of Representatives from Kentucky, 1849‑52, and 1855‑59. Commissioner of the United States to the Empire of China, Aug. 6, 1852, to Oct. 18, 1853.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​c

Civil History. — Counselor at Law in Richmond, Va., and Louisville, Ky., 1863‑72.

Died, Mar. 28, 1872, at Louisville, Ky.: Aged 60.

Buried, Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, KY.

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 See Ganoe, The History of the United States Army, p217 f.

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c As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he was an unsuccessful general, who resigned from the Army of the Confederacy halfway thru the war and was elected to that country's Congress. Further summary information is given on the Find-a‑Grave page linked above.

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