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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1837

Vol. I

(Born D. C.)

Bennett H. Hill

(Ap'd D. C.)


Bennett Hoskin Hill: Born 1816.​a

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, 1837‑38; in the Cherokee Nation, 1838, while transferring the Indians to the West; on the Northern Frontier, at Swanton,

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

Vt., 1838, during Canada Border Disturbances; on Maine Frontier, pending "Disputed Territory" controversy — at Houlton, Me., 1838‑39, — Bangor, Me., 1839, — Ft. Preble, Me., 1839, — Houlton, Me., 1839‑40, 1841, — and Ft. Sullivan, Me., 1841‑43; in garrison at Ft. Adams, R. I., 1843‑44, — and Ft. Preble, Me., 1844‑45; on Recruiting service, 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847; on Recruiting service, 1847‑48; in the War with Mexico, 1848; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1848; on voyage to

(Captain, 1st Artillery, Jan. 12, 1848)

Oregon, 1848‑49; in garrison at Ft. Steilacoom, Wash., 1849‑51, 1852‑53; on Recruiting service, 1853‑54; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1854; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1854‑55, 1855‑56; on frontier duty at Ft. Brown, Tex., 1856‑57, — and San Antonio, Tex., 1858‑59; on leave of absence, 1859‑60; on frontier duty, in command of Ft. Brown, Tex., 1860‑61, which he refused to surrender to a force of seven hundred Texan Rebels landed at Brazos Santiago, Feb., 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: at Ft. Jefferson, Tortugas, Fla., 1861, — and in command of Key West, Fla.,

(Major, 2d Artillery, Aug. 28, 1861)

1861‑62; as Chief Mustering and Disbursing Officer, and Superintendent of Volunteer Recruiting Service, West Virginia, Oct., 1862, to Apr. 22, 1863; as Acting Asst. Provost Marshal General, Superintendent of Volunteer Recruiting Service, and Chief Mustering and Disbursing Officer for the State of Michigan, Apr. 23, 1863, to July 31, 1865; in command

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

of the Military District of Michigan, May 23, 1864, to July 31, 1865; on

(Bvt. Colonel, and Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Jan. 31, 1865)

leave of absence, July 31 to Oct. 9, 1865; and in command of Ft. Jefferson, Tortugas, Nov., 1865, to Mar. 9, 1867.

Served: in command of Sub-District of Key West, Fla., Feb. 24, 1867, to May 25, 1868, — of Ft. Jefferson, Fla., 1868‑69, — of regiment, Nov. 16, 1868, to Feb. 28, 1869, — of Ft. Preble, Me., 1869‑70, — and of regiment, Apr. 6 to May 20, 1869; on leave of absence, Feb. 28 to Oct. 25, 1870; and in command of Ft. Trumbull, Ct., Oct. 27 to Dec. 2, 1870.

Retired from Active Service, Dec. 15, 1870,
on his own application, after 30 consecutive Years of Service.

Died, Mar. 24, 1886, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 69.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1886, for an obituary noticeº

Thayer's Note:

a Lt.‑Col. Hill's full name, and the year of birth, are from his AOG obituary.

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