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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1814

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

Lewis G. De Russy

(Ap'd N. Y.)

Lewis Gustave (Gustavus?) De Russy: Born 1795, New York, NY.​a1

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, Apr. 14, 1813, to Mar. 11, 1814, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Third Lieut., 1st Artillery, Mar. 11, 1814.

 p115  Served: in the War of 1812‑15 with Great Britain, as Acting Asst. Engineer in erecting temporary defenses for New York city and environs;

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, May 1, 1814)

(Transferred to Corps of Artillery, May 12, 1814)

in garrison in New York harbor, 1815‑16; as Battalion Adjutant of Artillery, Nov. 1, 1816, to May 20, 1819; as Surveyor and Topographer

(First Lieut., Corps of Artillery, May 20, 1818)

of Commission to establish the Northern Boundary of the United States, under the Treaty of Ghent, 1819‑21; in garrison at Ft. Moultrie,

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery,
in Re-organization of Army, June 1, 1821)

S. C., 1821; on Topographical duty, Jan. 14, 1822, to May, 1824; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1824; on Topographical duty, June 4, 1824, to Dec. 11, 1825; in garrison at Ft. Monroe,

(Captain, 3d Artillery, Dec. 11, 1825, to Oct. 1, 1826)

Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1825‑26; and as Paymaster for the

(Major, Staff — Paymaster, Sep. 21, 1826)

Red River Posts, 1826‑42.

Dropped, July 28, 1842, under 3d Sec. of Law of Jan. 31, 1823.1

Civil History. — Planter, Natchitoches,º La., 1842‑46.

Military History. — Served in the War with Mexico at Tampico,

(Colonel, 1st Louisiana Volunteers, Dec. 26, 1846)

Mex., 1846‑48, when he completed the defenses of the place, opened a new channel to the Tamesi River, held various civil offices, and was engaged in the Combat of Calabaza River, July 12, 1847, and Skirmish of Tantoyuca, July, 1847.

Disbanded, July 10, 1848.

Civil History. — Planter, Natchitoches, La., 1848‑61. Civil Engineer, 1848‑61, employed in the improvement of the Navigation of the Red River, — Survey of Catahoula Shoals, Washita River, etc. Member of the House of Representatives of the State of Louisiana, 1851‑53, — and of the Senate, 1853‑55. Major-General, Louisiana Militia, 1848‑61.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States, and

Died, Dec. 17, 1864, at Grande Ecore, La.: Aged 68.

Buried, Fort DeRussy, LA.​a2

The Author's Note:

1 The President, "upon full consideration of his case, thinking he had been too rigidly dealt by," directed, Nov. 28, 1844, that "he be restored to his original rank and position upon the happening of the first vacancy," of which none occurred before the expiration of his administration.

Thayer's Note: The law required that disbursing officers failing to render their accounts for settlement in due time be promptly reported to the President of the United States and dismissed from the public service.

Thayer's Note:

a1 a2 Birth data and burial place are from "The Life and Times of Lewis DeRussy" by Steven M. Mayeux, a paper presented before the First Annual Frontier History Symposium at Fort Jesup, Louisiana, March 1, 2002 (online at Friends of Fort DeRussy, Inc.). The paper contains much good biographical information; including the fact, not mentioned in Cullum, that De Russy was the brother of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.René E. de Russy, who was Superintendent of the Military Academy.

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