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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1835

Vol. I

(Born S. C.)

William H. Griffin

(Ap'd S. C.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1831, to July 1, 1835, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1835.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1835‑36, — Camp Desire,

(Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, July 31, 1836)

near Ft. Towson, I. T., 1836, — Camp Nacogdoches, I. T., 1836, — and Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1836‑37.

Resigned, Apr. 30, 1837.

Civil History. — Surveyor, Abbeville District, S. C., 1837‑47, — and of the State Lands of South Carolina, 1844. Captain, South Carolina Militia, 1838‑50. Planter, Abbeville District, S. C., 1838‑50. Resident and Asst. Engineer of Greenville and Columbia Railroad, S. C., 1847‑52; and Chief Engineer, 1852‑54. Principal Asst. Engineer of Blue Ridge Railroad, from Anderson, S. C., to Knoxville, Ten., 1853‑55. Chief Engineer of Pensacola, Fla., and Georgia Railroad, 1855 to 18–––.

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

Civil History. — Unknown, nothing authentic having been received.

Died, Mar. 28, 1871, at Houston, Tex.: Aged 55.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. According to Joseph H. Crute, Jr., Units of the Confederate Army, Griffin's Infantry Battalion served in the Trans-Mississippi Department along the Texas coast and at Galveston. In November 1864 the battalion was incorporated into the 21st Texas Infantry Regiment, of which he became the commander with the rank of Colonel.

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