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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1834

Vol. I

(Born Ky.)

Robert T. P. Allen

(Ap'd Ind.)


Robert Thomas P.​a Allen: Born Sep. 26, 1813, Baltimore County, MD.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1830, to July 1, 1834, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1834.

Served: on Topographical duty, July 17, 1834, to Jan. 22, 1836; and

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, Apr. 6, 1835)

in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1836, being engaged in the Skirmish of Okihumphy Swamp, Mar. 30, 1836.

Resigned, July 31, 1836.

Civil History. — Civil Engineer in the service of the United States, superintending Harbor Improvements on Lake Erie, 1836‑38. Clergyman, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1838‑61. Professor of Mathematics and Civil Engineering in Allegheny College, Pa., 1838‑41, — and in Transylvania University, Ky., 1841‑45. Superintendent, with the rank of Colonel, of Kentucky Military Institute, Franklin's Springs, Ky., 1847, 1849, and 1851‑54. Special Agent of the United States Post Office Department for California and Oregon 1849‑50. Proprietor and Publisher, at San Francisco, Cal., of "Pacific News," 1850. Superintendent of Bastrop Military Institute, Tex., 1857‑61.

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

Civil History. — Superintendent of Kentucky Military Institute, 1866 to 1874.

Drowned, July 9, 1888, in Kissimmee River, Fla.: Aged 75.

Buried, Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando, FL.

Thayer's Notes:

a What the P stands for is a matter of some difference online. Pritchard, Pichett, Pircairn (Pitcairn?) are seen. I suspect that the majority Pritchard is the correct name; see for example the historical marker by the Texas Historical Commission.

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: the deficiency is made good, if summarily, on several websites, e.g., at The Handbook of Texas.

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