Lieut Francis Dana Newcomb

Lieut Francis Dana Newcomb

Birth
Greenfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 28 Nov 1872 (aged 70)
Havana, La Habana, Cuba
Burial Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Plot SECTION 3, SITE 2971
Memorial ID 3222170 · View Source
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Lt. Francis D. Newcomb was a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Class of 1824, having been appointed from his native Massachusetts. On graduating — Cullum No. 386, 26th in his Class of 31 — he was made Second Lieutenant in the 4th Infantry; and on April 4, 1832 he was promoted to First lieutenant. After an initial tour of duty at the Army Engineer Headquarters at Sacketts Harbor, NY, in 1824‑25, the remainder of his Army career was spent in the South: most of it in Florida, in the context of Indian removal and the First Seminole War. He served as an Assistant Quartermaster from Oct. 7, 1830, to Sept. 30, 1836, when he resigned from the Army.

In civilian life, he was Surveyor-General of the State of Louisiana from 1840 to 1844, and in 1845 went to Cuba, where he resided until his death at 71, working for a while as a clerk and as purser of the steamship Columbia; but primarily, for twenty-five years, as special correspondent of the New York Journal of Commerce.

He was the son of Richard English Newcomb and his first wife Phebe Cushman. He was married first in 1825 to Lavinia Day, by whom he had Mary, Lavinia, Sylvester, Frances, Phebe and Elizabeth. She died in 1835; in 1837 he then married Mary Louisa Moore, by whom he had Eliza, Louisa and Henrietta.

Sources: Cullum's Register of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, Vol. I, p334; John Bearse Newcomb, Genealogical Memoir of the Newcomb Family (privately printed, Elgin, Ill., 1874); contemporaneous newspaper reports.

His middle name is given as Day in Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, p744; as Dana in Newcomb's Memoir, p422.


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  • Maintained by: Bill Thayer
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3222170
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Francis Dana Newcomb (2 May 1802–28 Nov 1872), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3222170, citing Baton Rouge National Cemetery, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Bill Thayer (contributor 46555645) .