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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1836

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

William H. Warner

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1831, to July 1, 1836, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1836.

Served: on Topographical duty, July 18 to Sep. 15, 1836; in the Florida War, 1836‑38; in the Cherokee Nation, 1838, while transferring

(Second Lieut., Top. Engineers, July 7, 1838)

the Indians to the West; as Top. Engineer in charge of the improvement of New Bedford harbor, Mas., 1838‑39, — of Survey of Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1839, — in the Florida War, 1839‑40, — of Survey of Detroit River, Mich., 1840‑41, — of Reconnoissance of the approaches to New

(First Lieut., Top. Engineers, Sep. 1, 1841)

Orleans, La., 1841‑42, — of Survey of Northwestern Lakes, 1842‑43, — of improvement of Harbors on Lake Michigan, 1843‑44, — of improvement of the Ohio River, below Pittsburg, Pa., 1844‑45, — and of Survey of Boundary between the United States and the British Provinces, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, on Brig.‑General Kearny's Expedition to California, being engaged in the Battle of San Pasqual, Cal., Dec. 6, 1846, where he was severely wounded;​a and on Exploration

(Bvt. Capt., Dec. 6, 1846,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in California)

of the California mountain passes for railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, 1847‑49,​b in the performance of which duty he was attacked by hostile Indians, by whom, with nine arrows, he was

Killed, Sep. 26, 1849, in the Sierra Nevada: Aged 37.

Thayer's Notes:

a For Lt. Warner's actions at San Pasqual, see Parts 3 and 4 of the battle narrative at the San Pasqual Battlefield website.

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b The reader will notice that Capt. Warner happened to get to California just before the Gold Rush and its attendant population explosion; he was put in charge of laying out the city of Sacramento: it was one of the many things that Army surveyors did on the frontier.

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