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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1833

Vol. I

(Born Ct.)

Erastus A. Capron

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Erastus Allyn Capron: Born Oct. 23, 1809.​a

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., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1833.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Washington, Md., 1833‑34, — and Ft. Monroe,

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, May 31, 1834).

Va., 1834‑35; in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1835‑36, being engaged in the Combat of Withlacoochee, Dec. 31, 1835;

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Nov. 19, 1836)

on Recruiting service, 1836; in the Florida War, 1836‑38; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1838; on the Northern Frontier during Canada Border Disturbances, at Ft. Covington, N. Y., 1838, — and Plattsburg, N. Y., 1838‑40; at Houlton, Me., 1840‑43, pending the Maine "Disputed Territory" controversy; in garrison at Ft. Adams, R. I., 1843‑45, — and Ft. Brooke, Fla., 1845‑47; and in the War with Mexico, 1847, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo,

(Captain, 1st Artillery, Feb. 16, 1847)

Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of La Hoya, June 20, 1847, — Skirmish of Ocalaca, Aug. 16, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — and Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, where, while gallantly leading his company in the Storming of the strongly intrenched Convent serving as a citadel, he was

Killed, Aug. 20, 1847: Aged 37.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a A vague date of "1810" is seen online. It's a mistake, or rather a guess arrived at by subtracting his age at death from the calendar year.

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