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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1836

Vol. I

(Born N. C.)

William Mock

(Ap'd N. C.)


William Hoover Mock: Born Mar. 24, 1811, Davidson Co., NC.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1832, to July 1, 1836, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1836.

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, Aug. 31, 1836.

Served:​a in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1836‑38,  p656 being engaged in the Battle of Wahoo Swamp, Nov. 21, 1836, — and Action of Locha-Hatchee, Jan. 24, 1838; in the Cherokee Nation, 1838, while transferring the Indians to the West; in the Florida War, 1838‑41;

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 7, 1838)

and in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1841.

Resigned, June 30, 1841.

Civil History. — Farmer, La­fayette County, Mo., 1841‑46; and Surveyor, 1846‑49. Mining for gold in California, 1849‑53. Farmer, near Petaluma, Cal., 1853‑55, and since 1857. Surveyor of Sonoma County, Cal., 1855‑57.

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
Died April 2,​b 1898, at Petaluma, Cal.: Aged 87.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1900, for an obituary notice.​c

Buried, Cypress Hill Memorial Park, Petaluma, CA.

Thayer's Notes:

a William Mock kept a journal, which in its extant state, runs from the date he graduated (June 15, 1836 — the actual date rather than the conventional record date of July 1 given in the Register for each regular Class) to March 24, 1837. The diary is an interesting one, hinting at an engaging personality and covering his last days at the Point, his travels home to his father in Missouri (in part by the Erie Canal, keenly observed) and from there to Florida, and the routine of duty in the combat zone of the Second Seminole War, including a brief note of the Battle of Wahoo Swamp. It also gives an indication of the West Pointer network across the country, not only officers still serving but also men who had moved on to civilian life: no fewer than 32 fellow graduates are mentioned, and one cadet who hadn't yet graduated. William Mock's journal is onsite in full.

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b Cullum has "April 3"; his tombstone and local obituaries (see next note) all give April 2.

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c See also obituaries in the Petaluma newspapers, Apr. 2 and 4, 1898.

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