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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1839

Vol. I

(Born Mas.)

Henry D. Grafton

(Ap'd Mas.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1835, to July 1, 1839, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1839.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Constitution, N. H., 1839, Portland, Me., 1839‑40, — Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1840‑41, — and Ft. Constitution, N. H., 1841; on Northern Frontier during Canada Border Disturbances, at Plattsburg, N. Y., 1841‑42; in garrison at Ft. Adams, R. I., 1842‑43, —

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Feb. 24, 1845)

Ft. Preble, Me., 1843‑45, — Ft. Kent, Me., 1845, — Ft. Brooke, Fla., 1845‑46, — and Ft. Pickens, Fla., 1846‑47; in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48, being engaged in the Skirmish of La Hoya, June 20, 1847, — Skirmish of Ocalaca, Aug. 16, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20,

(Bvt. Capt., Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

 p747  1847, — and Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847; in garrison at New York harbor, 1848‑49; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1849‑50; in garrison at Ft. Pickens, Fla., 1850‑51; in Florida

(Captain, 3d Artillery, Sep. 4, 1851)

Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1851‑52, 1853; and in garrison at Ft. Moultrie, S. C., 1853‑54.

Resigned, Nov. 4, 1854.

Civil History. — Author of "The Camp and March," 1854.​a

Died, Apr. 13, 1855, at Davenport, Io.: Aged 37.

Thayer's Note:

a Described in The Centennial of the United States Military Academy at West Point (II.252) as a "[t]reatise on the camp and march: with which is connected the construction of field works and military bridges. With an appendix of artillery ranges, etc., for use of volunteers and militia in the United States."

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