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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1837

Vol. I

(Born Pa.)

Israel Vogdes

(Ap'd Pa.)


Born Aug. 4, 1816, Willistown, PA.

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: at the Military Academy, 1837‑49, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Sep. 4, 1837, to Aug. 29, 1843, — and as Principal Asst.

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

Professor of Mathematics, Aug. 29, 1843, to Sep. 15, 1849; in Florida

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

Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1849‑50; in garrison at Key West, Fla., 1850‑51, 1851‑54, 1855‑56; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1856; and in garrison at Ft. Moultrie, S. C., 1856‑57, — and Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1858‑60, 1860‑61, being a Member of the Board to arrange the Programme of Instruction for the school, 1859‑60.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in Defense of Ft. Pickens, Fla., Feb. 7 to Oct. 9, 1861​a (in command, Apr. 11‑16, 1861), being engaged against the Rebel Night Attack on

(Major, 1st Artillery, May 14, 1861)

Santa Rosa Island, Fla., Oct. 9, 1861, where he was captured; as Prisoner of War, Oct. 9, 1861, to Aug., 1862; on the Staff of Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.J. F. Reynolds, on the Pennsylvania Border, in the Maryland Campaign,

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Nov. 29, 1862)

Sep., 1862; in command of Folly Island, S. C., Apr. to July 9, 1863,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 5th Artillery, June 1, 1863)

being engaged in constructing the batteries on Light-house Inlet for the Attack on Morris Island, in which he participated, July 9, 1863, — and of Morris Island, S. C., July, 1863, and Folly Island, S. C., Aug., 1863, to

(Colonel, 1st Artillery, Aug. 1, 1863)

July, 1864, during Operations against Ft. Sumter and Charleston, S. C.; in Florida, Feb. to July, 1864; and in command of the defenses of Norfolk

(Bvt. Brig‑General, U. S. Army, Apr. 9, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Field during the Rebellion)

 p671  and Portsmouth, Va., May, 1864, to Apr., 1865, — of a District in Florida, Apr. to Sep., 1865; in waiting orders; Sep., 1865 to Jan., 1866.

Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Jan. 15, 1866.

Served: in command of regiment, headquarters at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., Jan. 18, 1866, to Nov. 16, 1872, — at Charleston, S. C., Nov. 16, 1872, to Aug. 22, 1875, — and at Ft. Adams, R. I., Nov. 11, 1875, to Jan. 2, 1881.

Retired from Active Service, Jan. 2, 1881,
at his own Request, he having Served over 40 Years.

Died, Dec. 7, 1889, at New York city: Aged 73.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Obituary Order.

Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Langdon, the successor of General Vogdes in command of the First Artillery, thus concludes his obituary order: —

"General Vogdes was in many respects a remarkable man. He was gifted with a most retentive memory, and great powers of original thought and analysis. He was a diligent student of History and Biography, and his mind was richly stored with all that was of value in the Art of War, ancient or modern. While he had not the least ambition as an author, his opinions were eagerly sought for by many of those interested in current operations of war at home and abroad. From the very inception of the Great Rebellion, General (then Captain) Vogdes assumed a firm and decided attitude as a Union man, and was always ready and outspoken with convincing reasons for the faith that was in him. While surrounded on every side by enemies of the country, he was fearless and uncompromising in his denunciation of treason. No truer patriot ever lived, none more willing to give his life for his country.

"In private life he was kind, hospitable, sympathetic, and true in his friendships. Those who knew him best will long remember him with kindness.

"The sympathies of the Regiment are tendered to the members of his family in their irreparable loss."

Thayer's Note:

a The fort, deep in Southern territory, held out for the duration of the war; strategically commanding the Gulf of Mexico. The details of the contest in the early months of the war are interesting: "Civil War Operations in and around Pensacola" (FlaHQ 36:125‑165).

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