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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1837

Vol. I

(Born D. C.)

William W. Mackall

(Ap'd Md.)


William Whann Mackall: Born Jan. 18, 1817, Georgetown, DC.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1833, to July 1, 1837, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1837.

Served: in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1837‑39,

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 9, 1838)

being engaged at New Inlet, where from an ambush he was severely wounded, Feb. 11, 1839; on the Northern Frontier, at Plattsburg, N. Y., 1839‑40, during Canada Border Disturbances; as Adjutant, 1st Artillery, at Regimental headquarters, July 20, 1840, to Aug. 31, 1841; on Maine Frontier, pending the "Disputed Territory" controversy, at Houlton, Me., 1840‑41, — Ft. Fairfield, Me., 1841‑42, — Recruiting, 1842, — and Ft. Fairfield, Me., 1842‑43; in garrison at Ft. Adams, R. I., 1843‑45, —

(Bvt. Capt., Staff — Asst. Adjutant-Gen., Dec. 29, 1846)

and Pensacola harbor, Fla., 1845‑46; in the Mexican War, 1846‑48,  p668 being engaged in the battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, 1846, — Siege of

(Bvt. Capt., Sep. 23, 1846,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the several Conflicts at Monterey, Mex.)

Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Capture of San Antonio, Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco,

(Captain, 1st Artillery, Aug. 20, 1847: Vacated, Aug. 20, 1847)

Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — Storming of

(Bvt. Major, Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, where he was wounded, — and as Asst. Adjutant-General of Major-General Butler's Volunteer Division, Dec. 31, 1846, to Feb. 1, 1847, and of Bvt. Maj.‑General Worth's Regular Division, 1847‑48; as Asst. Adjutant-General of Western Division, Feb. 21, 1849, to Nov. 19, 1850, — and of 3d Military Department, Dec. 28, 1850, to Aug. 3, 1851; as Treasurer of the Military Asylum, "Soldiers' Home," near Washington, D. C., July 8, 1851, to May 23, 1853; on tour of inspection of Florida and Gulf Posts, Dec. 4, 1852, to Apr. 26, 1853; and

(Bvt. Major, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-Gen., Aug. 5, 1853)

as Asst. Adjutant-General of Eastern Division, Sep. 26, 1853, to Apr. 25, 1856, being on special service at Washington, D. C., June 1, 1855, to Apr. 14, 1856, — and of the Department of the Pacific, June 30, 1856,

(Lieut.‑Col., Staff — Asst. Adjutant-Gen., May 11, 1861: declined)

to May 20, 1861.

Resigned, July 3, 1861.

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

Civil History. — Farmer, Fairfax Co., Va., since 1866.

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
Died, Aug. 19, 1891, at Langley, Va.: Aged 75.

Buried, Lewinsville Presbyterian Cemetery, McLean, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record, which is covered in considerable detail, along with much other information on his Army career before the war, in "Cecil County's Civil War General", a page which now appears to be permanently offline.

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