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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1837

Vol. I

(Born Mas.)

Henry C. Pratt​a

(Ap'd Mas.)


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 Northern Frontier, 1838‑39,

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, Dec. 11, 1838)

at Detroit, Mich., on Commissary duty, during Canada Border Disturbances; on Recruiting service, 1839; at Camp of Instruction near Trenton, N. J., 1839; on Northern Frontier at Buffalo, N. Y., 1839‑41, during Canada Border Disturbances; in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1841, — and Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1841‑45; on Coast Survey, Apr. 3, 1845, to May 26, 1846; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1846‑47; in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48, being engaged in the Combat of Huamantla, Oct. 9,

(Bvt. Capt., Oct. 19, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Affair at Atlixco, Mex.)

1847, — Action of Atlixco, Oct. 12, 1847, — and as Adjutant, 2d Artillery, Jan. 11 to Apr. 21, 1848; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1848‑52, 1852‑53;

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

in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1853‑55, 1856; in garrison at Ft. La­fayette, N. Y., 1857; and on frontier duty at Ft. Brady, Mich., 1857, — Ft. Snelling, Min., 1857‑58, — and Ft. Mackinac, Mich., 1857‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: as Paymaster,

(Major, Staff — Paymaster, June 14, 1861)

at Washington, D. C., 1861‑65, — and of Pay District of New York

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Mar. 13, 1865,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

and New England, 1865‑66.

Served: as Paymaster of New York District, 1866‑69; as Chief Paymaster of the Department of the Lakes, May 10, 1869, to Nov., 1873; as Paymaster, at Detroit, Mich., 1873‑75; and as Chief Paymaster of the Department of the Platte, June 5, 1875 (leave of absence, May 29 to Aug. 29, 1876), to June 19, 1879.

 p676  Retired from Active Service, June 19, 1879,
for Disability contracted in the line of duty.

Died, Feb. 14, 1884, at Detroit, Mich.: Aged 70.

Thayer's Note:

a Father of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Sedgwick Pratt, Class of 1867.

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