1LT Zebulon Montgomery Pike Inge

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1LT Zebulon Montgomery Pike Inge

Granville County, North Carolina, USA
Death 9 May 1846 (aged 31–32)
Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Specifically: Ashes scattered on the Alabama River between Mobile and Tuscaloosa
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Zebulon Montgomery Pike Inge, son of Richard Inge, a Revolutionary War soldier, and Mary Sturdivant Inge.
Born 1814 Granville County, North Carolina
Died 9 May 1846 at the Battle of La Resaca De La Palma, Mexico (present-day Brownsville, Texas).
Cremated, Ashes scattered on the Alabama River.
Husband of Rosa Williams, possibly a sister of Rebecca Coke Williams (1791-1865) who married his brother Francis Inge (1796-1848).

U.S., College Student Lists, 1763-1924:
Name: Montgomery P Inge
Publication Year: 1834
Publication State: Alabama
School Name: University of Alabama
Residence: Tuscaloosa
Title: Catalogue of the officers and students of the University of Alabama, for the academical year 1833-34.

U.S., School Catalogs, 1765-1935:
Name: Zebulon M P Inge
Publication Year: 1837
Publication Place: New York
School Name: United States Military Academy (West Point)
June 1837

He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1838. Despite being in poor health, he left for Mexico to join his regiment. He was 33 years old.

From Register of the 2d Dragoon/2d Cavalry Officers, 1837-1894, in possession of David Gettman: "INGE, Zebulon M. P.; born in North Carolina; appointed from Alabama; cadet U.S. Military Academy July 1, 1834 to July 1, 1838; 2d Lieutenant, 2d Dragoons, July 1, 1838; 1st Lieutenant February 2, 1841; killed May 9, 1846 at the Battle of Resaca de la Palma, Mexico." Courtesy David Gettman (48274079) .
Another entry: CEOREY, John B.; enlisted: September 27, 1839, Fort Columbus, New York, by Capt. Bryant; born: Washington, Maine; age: 24 yrs; occupation: coach painter; blue eyes, dark hair, fair complexion, 5’6”; Company H, 2d Dragoons; died May 5, 1840, Fort No. 4, East Florida, accidentally shot by Lieut. Inge; rank: private; [buried at Saint Augustine National Cemetery, Saint Augustine, St. Johns County, FL, pyramid monument].

U.S., Returns from Military Posts, 1806-1916:
Name: Zebulon M P Inge
Post Name: Jessup, Fort
Post Location:Louisiana
Post Commander: David E Twiggs
Military Place: Fort Jesup, Louisiana
Return Period: Jun 1845

American Biographical Notes:
Name:Zebulon Montgomery Pik(e) Inge
Comments: INGE, ZEBULON MONTGOMERY PIKE, lieut. 2d U. S. dragoons of Alabama, cadet in 1834, and made 2d lt., July 1, 1838, and 1st lt. May 1, 1841; he fell at the battle of Resaca de la Palma, in a charge at the head of dragoons. (Thorpe's Army of the Rio Grande, p. 195.)
Page: 221

American Biographical Library:
Name: Zebulon Montgomery Pike Inge
Title: American Biographical Library; The Biographical Cyclopædia of American Women; Volume II; American Biographical Notes; I; The Chicago Historical Society
Comments: INGE, ZEBULON MONTGOMERY PIKE, lieut. 2d U. S. dragoons of Alabama, cadet in 1834, and made 2d lt., July 1, 1838, and 1st lt. May 1, 1841; he fell at the battle of Resaca de la Palma, in a charge at the head of dragoons. (Thorpe's Army of the Rio Grande, p. 195.)
Page: page 221

He penned a short letter to his mother on his voyage to Point Isabel on May 6, 1846, likely his last. “I have now to hold my head in one hand while I write,” he wrote, “and it is with great difficulty I write at all.” But Inge assured his family and friends that “although I have experienced a good deal of sickness and other misfortunes, I shall go on the field with a stone heart, and a firm determination to contribute all that I can to the success of our arms.” Inge was shot and killed during a cavalry charge at the Battle of Resaca de la Palma.

From Vicki Ragan Harris (46900094): "Lieutenant in the Dragoons. From: Our Army on the Rio Grande: Being a Short Account of the Important Events, page 112: "Lieut. Inge and his fellow dragoons rest side by side, but a little removed from the place where they fell: as the traveler crosses the ravine, he can, by turning a few paces from the road, rest a moment by these graves." Since he was cremated and his ashes taken to Alabama, as his obituary stated, it is possible some of the remains were interred with his fellow soldiers on the field.) "Was graduated from the Military Academy in 1838, was appointed second
lieutenant of the Second Dragoons, and became lieutenant in 1841. He was killed while charging with the Dragoons under Captain Charles Augustus May. It was this charge that decided the battle. From General Zachary Taylor letters." See Find-a-Grave 176938827.
(Charleston, South Carolina) SOUTHERN PATRIOT, February 3, 1847, page 2, quoting the Mobile Register: "The Remains of Lieut. Inge.--The mortal remains of Lieut Zebulon M.P. Inge arrived(sic) on the James L. Day from New Orleans on the night of the 27th inst. in charge of the committee delegated by the citizens of our city to bring back his ashes to his adopted State. They were met at the foot of Conti street by Capt. Todd's company of Artillery, and escorted to the Armory, where they remained until 11 o'clock. An immense concourse of people assembled at that hour, on Government street, where the procession was formed under the command of Col. T.W. McCos, consisting of the officers of the U.S. Army and Navy, Officers of the Militia of the State, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the various Fire Companies, corporate authorities and citizens. The mass then proceeded to the Armory, and after passing from Government, through Royal, St. Louis and Franklin streets, landed in front of the 1st Presbyterian Church, where the Rev. Dr. Hamilton was to deliver the funeral oration. The spacious building was filled to overflowing, and we never saw a sadder auditory, nor heard a more impressive and eloquent address.
"On the conclusion of the eloquent oration, the procession was reformed, and the remains conveyed to the steamboat Tuscaloosa, on which they will be carried to their final resting place. The city bell gave out its solemn knell, and minute guns were fired during this interesting ceremony. From the battle field of Palo Alto came Ringgold and Cochrane in their martial shrouds, and from that of Resaca de la Palma, Alabama took the gallant Inge, and will make his grave in her bosom. Say not that 'republics are ungrateful.'--Mobile Reg."

Frank Jastrzembski, historian and author, wrote: "A committee of citizens from his hometown of Tuscaloosa was appointed and charged with returning his remains to Alabama. The steamer Tuscaloosa left Mobile with his body on January 28, 1847. After proceeding about 10 miles upriver, the ship’s boiler exploded. It instantly killed several passengers and obliterated Inge’s remains. Of the five American officers killed or who died as a result of wounds suffered during the battles of Palo Alto (May 8, 1846) and Resaca de la Palma (May 9, 1846) — Captain John Page, Major Samuel Ringgold, Lieutenant Zebulon M. P. Inge, Lieutenant Theodore L. Chadbourne, and Lieutenant Richard E. Cochrane — Inge is the only one who didn’t receive a proper burial in the states."


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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Zebulon Montgomery Pike Inge (1814–9 May 1846), Find a Grave Memorial ID 155213325, ; Maintained by Ray Isbell (contributor 47188697) Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, who reports a Ashes scattered on the Alabama River between Mobile and Tuscaloosa.