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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1837

Vol. I

(Born Mas.)

Edward D. Townsend

(Ap'd Mas.)


Edward Davis Townsend: Born Aug. 22, 1817, Boston, MA.

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,

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, Sep. 16, 1838)

while transferring the Indians to the west of the Mississippi; as Adjutant, 2d Artillery, at Regimental headquarters, July 7, 1838, to Aug. 8,

(Bvt. Capt., Staff — Asst. Adjutant-Gen., Aug. 8, 1846)

1846; on Northern Frontier, 1838‑41, during Canada Border Disturbances, — and Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1841‑46; in command of Depot of

(Captain, 2d Artillery, Apr. 21, 1848: Vacated, Apr. 21, 1848)

Recruits at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1846; in the Adjutant-General's Office, Washington, D. C., Aug. 23, 1846, to Nov. 24, 1851; as Asst. Adjutant-

(Bvt. Major, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-Gen., July 15, 1852)

General of Pacific Division, Nov. 24, 1851, to Jan. 31, 1856, — in Adjutant-General's Office, Washington, D. C., Jan. 31, 1856, to Mar. 7, 1861.

Lieut.‑Col., Staff — Asst. Adjutant-Gen., Mar. 7, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: as Chief of Staff of Lieut.‑General Scott, General-in‑Chief, Mar. 7 to Nov. 1,

(Colonel, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, Aug. 3, 1861)

1861; as Asst. Adjutant-General, in Adjutant-General's Office, Washington, D. C., Nov. 1, 1861, to Mar. 23, 1863; and as Acting Adjutant-General

(Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Sep. 24, 1864,
for Meritorious and Faithful Service during the Rebellion)

of the Army, at Washington, D. C., Mar. 23, 1863, to Aug. 12, 1866.

 p674  Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865, for Faithful, Meritorious, and Distinguished Services in the Adjutant-General's Department during the Rebellion.

Served: as Acting Adjutant-General of the Army, at Washington, D. C., Aug. 12, 1866, to Feb. 22, 1869; and as Adjutant-General of the U. S.

(Brig.‑General, Staff — Adjutant-General of the U. S. Army, Feb. 22, 1869)

Army, Feb. 22, 1869, to June 15, 1880.

Retired from Active Service, June 15, 1880, he being over 62 Years of Age.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Retired officer. — Member of the Society of the Cincinnati.

Died May 11, 1893, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 76.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1893, for an obituary notice.

Buried, Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC.

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