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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1837

Vol. I

(Born Mas.)

James R. Soley

(Ap'd Mas.)


James Russell Soley​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

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1837.

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, Aug. 31, 1837.

Served: in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1837‑38, being engaged in the Skirmish at Tuscawilla Pond, Apr. 29, 1838; in the Cherokee Nation, 1838, while transferring the Indians to the West; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1838; in the Florida War, 1838‑39; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1839; at the Camp of Instruction near Trenton, N. J., 1839; on the Northern Frontier during Canada Border Disturbances, at Dearbornville, Mich., 1840, — Detroit, Mich., 1840‑41, — Ft. Niagara, N. Y., 1841, — and Recruiting, 1841‑42; and as Aide‑de-

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 20, 1842)

Camp to Brig.‑General Wool, Aug. 1, 1842, to Jan. 1, 1845.

Died, Oct. 31, 1845, at Troy, N. Y.: Aged 29.

Thayer's Note:

a Lt. Soley's middle name is from Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army.

The well-known naval historian James Russell Soley, also born in Massachusetts (in 1850, five years after our officer's death) must surely be related, but I've yet to find that that's so; if you have good information, please drop me a line, of course.

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