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George Henry Talcott

July 16, 1811 - June 8, 1854

Topic- Cerro Gordo, Contreras and Churubusco, Molino del Rey and Chapultepec A Continent Divided: The U.S.-Mexico War

George Henry Talcott

July 16, 1811—June 8, 1854

Born in New York, George H. Talcott graduated eleventh in his class at the Military Academy at West Point in 1831 as a second lieutenant in the United States Third Artillery. Promoted to first lieutenant in September 1836, following his service in the Second Seminole War, Talcott transferred to the Ordnance Department in July 1838.

During the U.S.-Mexico War, Talcott served under General Winfield Scott at the siege of Vera Cruz from March 9 to March 28, 1847, commanding a Cosgrove rocket battery. Promoted to major in Artillery of the Voltigeur Regiment, Talcott participated in the battles at Cerro Gordo, Contreras, Churubusco, and Molino del Rey. Talcott was promoted to brevet lieutenant colonel for his meritorious actions at Molino del Rey, where he received serious wounds during the battle from which he never fully recovered. Following an almost year-long convalescence, he was reinstated as a captain and placed in command of the New York Ordnance Department from 1849 to 1851 and the Arsenal at Augusta, Georgia from 1851 to 1853. On June 8, 1854, George Henry Talcott died at Indian Springs, Georgia at the age of forty-three.


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