Ralph Wilson Kirkham

Ralph Wilson Kirkham

Birth
Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 23 May 1893 (aged 72)
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Plot 6
Memorial ID 10486235 · View Source
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Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He graduated at the United States Military Academy in 1842, participated in the Mexican War, was wounded in the battle of Molino del Rey, September 8, 1847 and promoted Captain on September 13, 1847. From November, 1848, till October, 1849, he was acting assistant adjutant-general, at the headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. He was quartermaster of the 6th infantry, October, 1849, till November, 1854, when he was ordered to the Pacific coast, was in the frontier Indian wars and was ordered to San Francisco, where he served as quartermaster until his retirement in 1870. During the Civil War he served as Major Chief Quartermaster of the Department of the Pacific in 1861 and subsequently the Department of California as acting chief of commissariat in 1866. For faithful and meritorious services in the quartermaster's department during the war, he was brevetted Brigadier General on March 13, 1865. After his Army service he relocated in Oakland, California, where he ran the best libraries on the Pacific coast related to military subjects until his death.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith



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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ralph Wilson Kirkham (20 Feb 1821–23 May 1893), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10486235, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .