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Civil War Soldiers - Thruston

Thruston, Charles M., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in the state of Kentucky in 1798, but while he was yet a child his parents took up their residence in the District of Columbia. He served as a cadet in the military academy at West Point from June 8, 1813, to July 21, 1814, when he was graduated and entered the army as second lieutenant of artillery. He served in the War of 1812 with Great Britain, as acting assistant engineer in erecting temporary defenses at Governor's island, New York harbor, and was in garrison at Fort McHenry, Md., 1815-18, being promoted to first lieutenant of artillery April 20, 1818. He served as battalion adjutant of artillery from May 14, 1818, to June 1, 1821, when he was commissioned first lieutenant in the 3d artillery in the reorganization of the army, and served as adjutant of the 3d artillery at regimental headquarters from that time to Feb. 17, 1827. On the last named date he was commissioned captain in the 3d artillery and served in garrison at Fort Severn, Md., Fort Trumbull, Conn., 1827-33, and Fort Monroe, Va., 1833-35. In the Florida war, 1835-36, he was acting adjutant- general of the Florida army from Feb. to May, 1836, and was engaged against the Seminole Indians in the combat of Oloklikaha March 31. He resigned from the army Aug. 31, 1836, and settled at Cumberland, Md., where he followed the occupation of a farmer until 1861, being president of the Mineral bank of Cumberland, 1838-41, and in 1861 was elected mayor of the city. On Sept. 7, 1861, he was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers and assigned to the duty of guarding the Baltimore & Ohio railroad. He resigned his commission on April 17, 1862, and resumed farming, which occupation he followed until his death, which occurred at Cumberland, Md., Feb. 18, 1873.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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