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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1833

Vol. I

(Born D. C.)

Augustine F. Seaton

(Ap'd D. C.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1828, to July 1, 1833, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1833.

Served: on detached service at New York, 1833‑34; and on frontier

(Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, Sep. 28, 1834)

duty at Ft. Coffee, I. T., — and at Ft. Gibson, I. T.

Died, Nov. 18, 1835, at Ft. Gibson, I. T.: Aged 25.

Thayer's Note:

a A kind correspondent alerts me to a letter of George Catlin where we get a wonder­ful close-up vignette of him and Lt. Seaton amusing themselves as best they could for two weeks while their steamship was grounded on the Arkansas River. Things didn't improve for him, though; an angry relative writes (Josephine Seaton, in William Winston Seaton of the "National Intelligencer", a Biographical Sketch, pp225‑226):

 p225  Augustine Fitzwhylsson Seaton, the eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Seaton, to whom were addressed these  p226 striking exhortations to virtue, fulfilled the brightest hopes of his parents in all that forms an honored manhood. Rich in talent, inheriting especially his father's gift of graceful oratory as well as beauty of presence, and possessed of the most endearing traits of character, his gallant young spirit was quenched as its light began to brighten the career upon which he had so hopefully embarked. After graduating at West Point, he was ordered to that charnel-house, Fort Gibson, then far beyond the limits of civilization, where with so many other brave hearts his life was sacrificed in barren conflicts with savages. During an expedition in 1835 against the Indians, far into the wilderness on the plains of the Ozark, suffering intense privations, the health of this gallant young Seaton gave way, and in a few weeks the grave closed over a life of brilliant promise. Respected by his command, beloved by his comrades, he died in the discharge of his duty, — a soldier's noblest epitaph.

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