Alexander R. Thompson

Alexander Ramsay Thompson

(Born N. Y. , Ap’d N. Y.)

Born Feb. 10, 1793.

Cadet of the Military Academy, Nov. 21, 1810, to Jan. 3, 1812, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to First Lieut., 6th Infantry, Jan. 3, 1812.

Served: in the War of 1812 -1815 with Great Britain, on the Northern Frontier, 1812, – in General Wilkinson’s Descent of the St. Lawrence River, 1813, – and in the Campaign of 1813 -1814, on the Lake Champlain line of operations, being engaged in the Battle of Plattsburg, N. Y., (Captain, 6th Infantry, May 1, 1814) Sep. 11, 1814.

In garrison at “Fort Niagara”, N. Y., 1815- 1816; on Recruiting (Captain, 2d Infantry, on Reduction of Army, May 17, 1815) service, 1818 – 1819; in garrison at Sackett’s Harbor, N. Y., 1819 – 1821, -Greenbush, N. Y., 1821, – and Ft. Brady, Mich., 1821 – 1823; on Recruiting (Bvt. Major, May 1, 1824, for Faithful Service Ten Years in one Grade)
service 1824 – 1825.

On frontier duty at Ft. Niagara, N. Y., 1825 – 1826, – Ft. Howard, Wis., 1826, – Ft. Mackinac, Mich., 1826 – 1828, and Ft. Gratiot, Mich., 1828 – 1831, 1831 – 1832,
on “Black Hawk Expedition,” but (Major, 6th Infantry, Apr. 4, 1832) not at the seat of war, 1832.

On frontier duty at Ft. Mackinac, Mich., 1832 – 1833, – Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1833, 1834, – and Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1834; on Recruiting service, 1835 – 1836; on frontier duty at Ft. Jesup, La., 1836, – Camp Sabine, La., 1836, – and Ft. Jesup, La., 1836

In the Florida War, 1837, being engaged against the Seminole Indians, (Lieut.â╢łColonel, 6th Infantry, Sep. 6, 1837) at the Battle of Okee-choâ╢łbee, where, at the head of his regiment, in a desperate charge, he was Killed,2 Dec. 25, 1837: Aged 44.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

The Author – Bill Thayer’s Notes:

Was the son of Captain Alexander Thompson, of the regiment of Artillerists and Engineers, in 1794.

“Although,” in the language of the official despatch, “he received two balls from the fire of the enemy early in the action, which wounded him severely, yet he appeared to disregard them, and continued to give his orders with the same coolness that he would have done had his regiment been under review, or any other parade duty. Advancing, he received a third ball, which at once deprived him of life: his last words were, ‘Keep steady, men; charge the hammock â╢╰ remember the regiment to which you belong.’ ”

Thayer’s Note:

The phrase “but not at the seat of war” occurs frequently in the Register in connection with the Black Hawk War; the explanation in most cases is the one given in the biographical sketch of James Monroe – not in the area of the War. (q.v.).

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