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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1833

Vol. I

(Born Ct.)

Roswell W. Lee

(Ap'd Mas.)


Born Aug. 12, 1810.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1829, to July 1, 1833, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1833.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1833; in Creek Nation, 1833‑34; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1834, — Ft. Preble, Me.,

(Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, Sep. 14, 1834)

1834‑35, — and Ft. Sullivan, Me., 1835‑36; in the Florida War, 1836‑37, being engaged against the Seminole Indians in the Battle of Wahoo

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, May 18, 1837)

Swamp, Nov. 21, 1836; and on the Northern Frontier, 1838, during Canada Border Disturbances.

Cashiered, July 16, 1838, for "Signing False Certificates."

Served as Lieutenant in Army of the Republic of Texas, 1839‑41, being engaged in several skirmishes with the Comanche Indians, 1840‑41.

Civil History. — Surveyor, Bonham, Tex., 1841‑52. Clerk of the District Court of Fannin County, Tex., 1842‑44, — and of County Courts, 1842‑52. Surveyor of Fannin Land District, 1852‑54. General Land Agent and Notary Public, Bonham, Tex., 1855‑73. Colonel, Texas Militia, 1843‑61.​a

Died, Dec. 20, 1873, at Bonham, Tex.: Aged 63.

Buried, Pioneers Rest Cemetery, Fort Worth, TX.

Thayer's Note:

a The Register fails to record that Roswell Lee, as Cullum would have put it, "Joined in the Rebellion of the Seceding States". He fought in Indian Territory (roughly, today's Oklahoma), under the Indian Command of Gen. Douglas Cooper, at the head of the Northwest Frontier Command of Indian Territory, C. S. A., with the rank of Colonel; a unit in turn comprising the First Osage Battalion, Major George Washington's Squadron of Indians (Reserve Squadron of Cavalry), and Major James W. Cooper's Battalion. He fought in at least two battles, Honey Springs and Elkhorn Tavern.

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