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Federal (USA)


James B McIntyre

(? - 1867)

Home State: Texas

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1853;Class Rank: 49th

Command Billet: Commanding Detachment

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: Headquarters Cavalry Escort, Army of the Potomac

Before Antietam

Federal Army service summary, pre-War:
Appointed to the US Military Academy at West Point (along with Horace Randal, the first from Texas) in 1849, graduated in 1853 (Cullum #1627);
Appointed Brevet 2nd Lieutenant, 7th US Infantry on 1 July 1853;
2nd Lieutenant, 1st US Cavalry Regiment, 3 Mar 1855;
Promoted 1st Lieutenant on 16 Jan 1857;
Served as Regimental Quartermaster 15 Apr 1858 to 3 May 1861;
Promoted Captain, 3 May 1861;
His Regiment renamed 4th US Cavalry, August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was in command of the Headquarters Escort (cavalry), Army of the Potomac on the Maryland Campaign. Also Commanding Officer of Company E, 4th US Cavalry, in that HQ Escort.

The rest of the War

He saw action in the Western Theater - Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama - for the War's duration. He was brevetted Major 10 July 1863 for gallant and meritorious service in the cavalry action at Franklin, Tennessee, and Lieutenant Colonel 25 Sept 1863 for gallant and meritorious service in the action near Chickamauga, Georgia.

After the War

He remained in the post-War Regular Army, and was promoted to Major, 3rd US Cavalry on 28 July 1866. He was assigned to command Ft. Brown, Texas, then to Ft. Larned, Kansas in January 1867. He died there of Phthisis Feutmomlis (possibly a mis-transcription of phthisis pulmonalis, another name for tuberculosis) in May of that year at age 34, and was buried in the Post Cemetery. He was reinterred along with the other remains from that spot to Ft. Leavenworth, probably in 1873.

References & notes

Sources: Heitman1 [page online] and Cullum2 [Vol. II, Pt. 4 PDF]. Information about cause of death and burial from a transcribed internment list on the Santa Fe Trail Research site of Larry & Carolyn Mix.


Date not known in TN


5/10/1867; Fort Larned, KS; burial in Post Cemetery, Ft. Leavenworth, KS


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, pg. 669  [AotW citation 842]

2   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, Vol. 2, pp. 559-560  [AotW citation 843]