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CPT Seth Barton Thornton

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CPT Seth Barton Thornton

Birth
Orange County, Virginia, USA
Death 18 Aug 1847 (aged 32)
Distrito Federal, Mexico
Burial Livingston, Sumter County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 167114846 View Source
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Seth Thornton was commissioned as a lieutenant in the 2nd Dragoon Regiment in June 1836, and was promoted to captain in February 1841.

On 25 April 1846, while leading 2 companies of his regiment along the Rio Grande, Thornton and his troops were ambushed by a large Mexican force. This skirmish became known as the "Thornton Affair", and was the opening engagement of the Mexican-American War.

Thornton was wounded and captured during the battle, and exchanged a few weeks later. He was eventually killed by cannon fire at San Antonio during the advance towards Mexico City.


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