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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1837

Vol. I

(Born Va.)

Edward J. Steptoe

(Ap'd Va.)


Born Nov. 7, 1815, Bedford Co., VA.

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., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1837.

Served: in the Florida War, 1838; in the Cherokee Nation, 1838, while transferring the Indians to the West; in the Florida War, 1838‑42;

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 9, 1838)

at the Military Academy, as Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Sep. 30, 1842, to July 5, 1843; in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., 1843‑44, — Savannah, Ga., 1844‑45, — Ft. Marion, Fla., 1845‑46, — and Ft. Moultrie, S. C., 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Siege

(Captain, 3d Artillery, Mar. 3, 1847)

of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Attack on the San Antonio Garita, of the City of Mexico,

(Bvt. Major, Apr. 18, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Mex.)

Sep. 12‑13, 1847, — and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 14, 1847;

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Sep. 13, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battle of Chapultepec, Mex.)

in garrison at Ft. Adams, R. I., 1849; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1849‑50; in garrison at Ft. Adams, R. I., 1850‑51, 1852‑53; as a Member of a Commission to examine into the relative advantages of civil and military supervision of the National Armories, July 8, 1853, to July 20, 1854; in garrison at Ft. Wood, N. Y., 1853‑54; on march to Washington Territory, via Salt Lake, 1854‑55, having been appointed Governor of Utah Territory, Dec. 21, 1854, which he declined;

(Major, 9th Infantry, Mar. 3, 1855)

in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1855; on frontier duty at Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1856, — Cascades, Wash., 1856, being engaged in its defense, Mar. 27‑28, — Ft. Dalles, Or., 1856, — Yakima Expedition, 1856, — Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., 1856‑58, — and Spokane Expedition, 1858, being engaged against hostile Indians in the desperate Combat of To‑hots-nim‑me,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 10th Infantry, Sep. 9, 1861)

Wash., May 17, 1858; and on sick leave of absence, 1858‑61.

Resigned, Nov. 1, 1861.

Died, Apr. 1, 1865, near Lynchburg, Va.: Aged 49.

Buried, Presbyterian Cemetery, Lynchburg, VA.

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