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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1838

Vol. I

(Born La.)

James H. Trapier

(Ap'd La.)


James Heyward Trapier: Born Nov. 24, 1815, Georgetown, SC.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1834, to July 1, 1838, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1838.

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 7, 1838.

Served: as Asst. Engineer in building the defenses of Charleston harbor, S. C., 1838‑39, — Ft. Pulaski, Ga., 1839‑40, — Defenses of Charleston

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1839)

harbor, S. C., 1840‑42, — and to the Board of Engineers, 1840; as Superintending Engineer of the repairs at Ft. Macon, Beaufort harbor, N. C., 1842‑44, — of Ft. Caswell, mouth of Cape Fear River, N. C., 1844‑45, — of Ft. Ontario, Oswego harbor, N. Y., 1845‑47, — and of Fts. Niagara and Porter, Niagara River, N. Y., 1846‑47; in the War with Mexico, 1847; and as Asst. Engineer of the repairs of the fortifications of New York harbor, 1847‑48.

Resigned, Feb. 28, 1848.

Civil History. — Planter, Georgetown, S. C., 1848‑61. Major, Staff (Chief of Ordnance of the State of South Carolina), 1851‑52, — and Col., Staff (Aide-de‑Camp to Governor Means, of South Carolina), 1851‑53.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Died, Jan. 2, 1866, at Mansfield, S. C.: Aged 51.

Buried, Prince George Winyah Cemetery, Georgetown, SC.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record; he served as a general, but none too well, being relieved of command by Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Bragg after the First Battle of Corinth.

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