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F.A. Davies

F.A. Davies

Federal (USA)


Francis Asbury Davies

(? - 1889)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1861;Class Rank: 23

Command Billet: Company commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd United States Infantry

Before Antietam

Davies graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in May 1861 (Cullum #1910) and was commissioned 2nd and quickly 1st Lieutenant in the 2nd US Artillery. He began his War service as Aide-de-Camp to Colonel Cameron, commanding the Highlanders of the 79th New York Infantry. He saw action with them at Blackburn's Ford (18 July) and Bull Run (21 July) - where Col. Cameron was killed. He was then on garrison duty in Washington DC until March 1862. Meanwhile, he was promoted in the Regular Army to Captain, 16th US Infantry on 27 September 1861.

He was in Company command with the 3rd US Infantry on the Peninsular Campaign, seeing further action at Yorktown (April-May) and around Richmond in June and July. He was at 2nd Manassas (29-30 August) and awarded a Brevet to Major for gallant and meritorious service there.

On the Campaign

He commanded Company D of the 3rd Infantry on the Maryland Campaign, and was with them into November.

The rest of the War

He was detailed to duty at West Point as Assistant Instructor of Infantry Tactics (Nov 1862 - Aug 1863) and Principal Assistant Professor of French (Aug 1863 -July1867).

After the War

He took a leave of a year until January 1868, when he was assigned the command at Memphis Tennessee. He resigned his commission 15 November 1868 and removed to Philadelphia.

He was in the insurance business (1871-75) and was Clerk in the Registry Department of the Philadelphia Post Office until his death at age 51.

References & notes

Service and post war information from Cullum1. His photograph above was probably taken between 1866-68, and is from the collection of the US Army Military History Institute, file folder RG98S-CWP 231.101


Date not known in PA


01/22/1889; Philadelphia, PA


1   Cullum, George Washington, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the US Military Academy, 2nd Edition, 3 vols., New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1868-79  [AotW citation 872]