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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1837

Vol. I

(Born N. J.)

Lewis G. Arnold

(Ap'd N. J.)


Lewis Golding Arnold: Born Jan. 15, 1817.

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., 2d Artillery, July 1, 1837.

Served: in the Florida War, 1837‑38; in the Cherokee Nation, 1838, while transferring the Indians to the West; on the Northern Frontier

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, July 9, 1838)

during Canada Border Disturbances, at Detroit, Mich., 1838‑39, — Buffalo, N. Y., 1839‑40, — and Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1840‑41; in garrison at Ft. Adams, R. I., 1841‑43, — and Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1843‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, where he was wounded, Mar. 24, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of Amazoque, May 14, 1847, — Capture of San Antonio, Aug. 20, 1847, — and Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, where he was severely wounded; on Recruiting service,

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

(Bvt. Major, Sep. 13, 1847, for Gallant Conduct at Chapultepec, Mex.)

(Captain, 2d Artillery, Oct. 27, 1847)

1848; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1848‑53; in the Florida Hostilities, 1853‑54, 1855‑56, 1857, being engaged against the Seminole Indians in the Action near Billy's Town, April 7, 1856; and in garrison at Ft. Independence, Mas., 1857‑61, and Ft. Jefferson, Fla., 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑62: in

(Major, 1st Artillery, May 15, 1861)

Defense of Ft. Pickens, Fla.,​a Aug. 2, 1861, to May 9, 1862 (in command, Feb. 25 to May 9, 1862), being engaged in the Repulse of the Rebel  p670 Attack on Santa Rosa Island, Fla., Oct. 9, 1861, — and the Bombardment

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Nov. 22, 1861,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during The Bombardment of Ft. Pickens, Fla.)

of Ft. Pickens, Nov. 22‑23, 1861, and of Jan. 1 and May 8, 1862; in

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Jan. 24, 1862)

command of the Department of Florida, Feb. 25 to Oct. 1, 1862, headquarters at Ft. Pickens, Feb. 25 to May 9, 1862, and at Pensacola, May 9 to Oct. 1, 1862, — and of the forces at New Orleans and Algiers, La.,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 2d Artillery, Aug. 1, 1863)

Oct. 1 to Nov. 10, 1862; on sick leave of absence, Nov. 10, 1862, to Feb. 8, 1864.

Retired from Active Service, Feb. 8, 1864,
for Disability resulting from Long and Faithful Service and Disease contracted in the Line of Duty.

Died, Sep. 22, 1871, at South Boston, Mas.: Aged 55.

See Annual Association of Graduates U. S. M. A., 1872, for an obituary notice.

Buried, Saint Marys Cemetery, Newton Lower Falls, MA.

Thayer's Note:

a The fighting between the State of Florida and the Federal Government over the forts at Pensacola, and Major Arnold's part in it, is well described in "Civil War Operations in and around Pensacola" (FlaHQ 36:127‑144).

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