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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1834

Vol. I

(Born N. H.)

Louis A. B. Walbach​a

(Ap'd N. H.)


Louis Augustus deBarth Walbach

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: in garrison at Ft. Severn, Md., 1834‑35; on Engineer duty,

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, Oct. 1, 1835)

May 15, 1835, to Oct. 15, 1836; in the Florida War, 1836‑37; on Ordnance

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, May 19, 1837)

duty, Dec. 4, 1837, to Aug. 15, 1838; as Assistant Ordnance Officer

(Transferred, Aug. 15, 1838, to be Second Lieut., Ordnance, Oct. 1, 1835)

at Allegheny Arsenal, Pa., 1838; in the Florida War, at Ft. Brooke Ordnance Depot, 1838‑39; as Assistant in the Ordnance Bureau at Washington, D. C., 1839‑40; in command of North Carolina Arsenal,

(First Lieut., Ordnance, Nov. 16, 1839)

1841‑42; as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Ft. Monroe Arsenal, Va., 1842, 1843‑44; as Assistant to the Chief of Ordnance in examining cannon at forts and depots, 1844‑48; in command of Frankford Arsenal, Pa., 1848;

(Captain, Ordnance, Mar. 25, 1848)

on Foundry duty, 1848‑49, 1850, 1850‑53; and in command of Pikesville Arsenal, Md., 1849‑53.​b

Died, June 26, 1853, near Baltimore, Md.: Aged 39.

Thayer's Notes:

a He was the son of Bvt. Brig.‑General John Baptiste DeBarth Walbach (1766‑1857), whom Cullum, in his Campaigns and Engineers of the War of 1812-'15 credits with saving the artillery at the Battle of Chrysler's Field.

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b Not long before he died, Louis Walbach had been working on an improvement to cannon boring, for which the administrator of his estate, William F. Lucas, received U. S. Patent No. 9,961 on Aug. 23, 1853 (Commissioner of Patents, Annual Report).

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