|Birth: ||Feb. 19, 1793|
|Death: ||Dec. 25, 1837|
AT THE HEAD OF HIS REGIMENT IN A SUCCESSFUL CHARGE
BATTLE OF OKEE-CHO-BEE
On a marker located on U.S. 441, about 4 miles southeast of the City of Okeechobee
In these woods on Christmas Day, 1837, was fought the Battle of Okeechobee in which a large band of Seminole Indians, under Chiefs Wildcat, Alligator, and Sam Jones, was routed by a brigade led by Colonel Zachary Taylor consisting of the First, Fourth, and Sixth Regiments of Infantry of the Regular Army, and the First Regiment of Missouri Volunteers, totaling about 800 men. Fighting was close, desperate and bloody. Losses-Seminoles, unknown; Whites, 28 killed, 111 wounded. This action was the turning point of organized Indian resistance in Florida.
Officers who lost their lives were: Colonel Richard Gentry, of the Missouri Volunteers; Lieut.-Col. Alexander R. Thompson. . .
"...where, at the head of his regiment, in a desperate charge, he was killed... in the language of the official dispatch, 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 view, 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 - remember the regiment to which you belong.'"
"Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N. Y. " by George Washington Cullum, published 1891
Alexander Thompson (1759 - 1809)
Amelia DeHart Thompson (1765 - 1855)
Mary Waldron Nexsen Thompson (1790 - 1858)
Alexander Ramsey Thompson (1793 - 1837)
Amelia Christina Thompson (1795 - 1878)*
Margaret A. Thompson (1800 - 1871)*
Catherine Kingsland Thompson (1805 - 1875)*
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
New York, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 41.40011, -73.9659
Created by: Don Stowell
Record added: Sep 09, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41750053