|Birth: ||Nov. 7, 1815|
|Death: ||Apr. 1, 1865|
He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on 1 July 1837. He served in the Indian conflicts in Florida from 1838 to 1842, including one assignment to help provide escort for the movement of the Cherokee west of the Mississippi River.
During the Mexican War, he was engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz and, as a captain, fought in the battles of Cerro Gordo and San Antonio Garita. He was promoted to brevet major for gallant and meritorious conduct at Cerro Gordo, and to brevet lieutenant colonel as a result of his actions in the Battle of Chapultepec.
In summer of 1854, Steptoe was sent with a command of 175 soldiers and 150 civilian employees to Washington Territory to reconnoiter a military road to California and investigate the massacre of Captain John W. Gunnison and his party in Utah. Reaching Salt Lake City on 31 August, he chose to spend the winter with his troops in the Mormon capital.
While settling his soldiers and civilians in the city, he received a letter advising that the official commission appointing him as Governor of Utah Territory to replace Brigham Young was on it way. He turned down the appointment to continue on to California with his troops.
By 1855 Steptoe was back East in garrison at Fort Monroe, Virginia. The fortunes of military life moved him the next year to Washington Territory, where he was soon engaged in the defense of Cascades, Fort Dalles, and Fort Walla Walla. He also participated in the Yakima and Spokane expeditions of 1856 and 1858, and he was involved in the battle of To-hots-nim-me, Washington, against hostile Indians on 17 May 1858. As a result, Steptoe was forced to take sick leave for the next three years, and resigned his commission on 1 November 1861. He died 1 April 1865 near Lynchburg, Virginia, at the age of forty-nine.
Mary Rosanna Claytor Steptoe (1826 - 1887)
Rosanna Eliza Claytor Steptoe (1862 - 1864)*
Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army ( Born Bedford County)
GPS (lat/lon): 37.40079, -79.13971
Created by: Earl Woodford
Record added: Jun 07, 2003
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