History. -- Cadet at the Military Academy, Oct. 18, 1814, to July 1, 1819,
when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to
Second Lieut., Light
Artillery, July 1, 1819
garrison at New England Posts, 1819-22; at the Military Academy,
(Second Lieut., 1st
Artillery, in Re-organization of Army, June 1, 1821)
as Asst. Instructor of
Infantry Tactics, Feb. 14 to Sep. 28, 1822; in garrison at Ft. Independence,
Mas., 1822-23, -- Ft. Constitution, N. H., 1823-27, -- Ft. Johnston, N. C.,
1827-28, -- Ft. Monroe, Va.
(First Lieut., 1st
Artillery, May 1, 1824)
(Artillery School for
Practice), 1828, -- Bellona Arsenal, Va., 1828-29, -- and Ft. Johnston, N.
C., 1829-33; on Ordinance duty, Jan. 1, 1834, to May 1, 1835; in garrison at
Ft. Johnston, N. C., 1835, -- and Ft.
(Bvt. Captain, May 1,
1834, for Faithful Service Ten Years in One Grade)
Washington, Md., 1835-36;
in the Florida War, 1836, being engaged against the
Artillery, Apr. 6, 1835)
Seminole Indians, in a
Skirmish near Hernandez Plantation, May 8, 1836, killing two of them in
personal encounter; on Recruiting service,
(Bvt. Major, May 8, 1836,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the War Against the Florida Indians)
1837-38; in suppressing
Canada Border disturbances, at Rouse’s Point, N. Y., 1838-39; in garrison at
Ft. Constitution, N. H., 1839, -- and Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1839-40; in
conducting recruits to Florida, 1840; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y.,
1840-41, -- and Ft. Constitution, N. H., as Lieut.-Colonel of Artillery
Battalion of “Army of Occupation,” Oct. 3, 1845, to Aug. 9, 1846; in the War
with Mexico, 1846, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, --
and Battle of Resaca-de-la-Palma, May 9, 1846; on Recruiting service,
1846-47; in the War with Mexico, 1847-48, being engaged in the Skirmish of
La Hoya, June 20, 1847, -- Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19-20, 1847, -- Battle
of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, -- Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847,
where he was wounded,
(Bvt. Lieut.-Colonel, Aug.
20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of
Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)
Assault and Capture of the
City of Mexico, Sep. 13-14, 1847, -- and in command of Vera Cruz,
(Bvt. Colonel, Sep. 13,
1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battle of
1847-48; in garrison at
Ft. Lafayette, N. Y., 1848-49; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole
Indians, 1849-50; before a civil court in Vermont, 1851-53 to defend a suit,
he having, in the performance of his
Artillery, Apr. 1, 1850)
duty in 1838, seized a
vessel at Rouse’s Point, N. Y., laden with ammunition for the Canada Rebels;
in garrison at Ft. Moultrie, S. C., 1853-54; before a civil court in
Vermont, 1854; as Member of Board on Armament of Fortifications, Oct. 10,
1854, to Mar. 24, 1855; in garrison at Ft. Moultrie, S. C., 1855, 1856; in
Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1856-57; in garrison at
Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1857-59; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.,
Artillery, Oct. 5, 1857)
1859; and in command of
the Artillery School for Practice at Ft. Monroe, Va., Nov. 26, 1859, to Oct.
the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861-66, in command
Artillery Oct. 26, 1861)
of the Depot of Rebel
Prisoners of War at Ft. Warren, Mas., Oct. 26, 1861, to Jan. 1, 1864.
(Retired from Active
Service, Aug. 1, 1863, under the Law of
July 17, 1862, he being
over “The Age of 62 Years”)
Governor of the “Soldiers’ Home,” near Washington, D. C., Jan. 14, 1864, to
Apr. 1, 1868.
Bvt. Brig.-General, U. S.
Army, Mar. 13, 1865, for Long Gallant, and Faithful Services to His County.
Died, Oct. 13, 1871, at
Philadelphia, Pa.: Aged 71.
Brigadier-General Justin Dimick was born, Aug. 5, 1800, in Hartford Co.,
Ct., and died, Oct. 13, 1871, at Philadelphia, Pa., at the age of 71 years,
of which 57 had been passed in the military service.
July 1, 1819, at the Military Academy, he was promoted to the Artillery, and
rose through all the successive grades. His varied duties and conspicuous
services are given in sufficient detail in his foregoing Military History,
to which it is only necessary to add the eloquent eulogium paid to his
memory by one who knew and loved him.
patriotism, personal valor, moral courage, benevolence, gentleness of
disposition, courtesy of deportment, an integrity so spotless as to be
saintly, and unaffected simplicity,” says General Vincent, “were his and
have adorned his character.
the wants of the soldier, and an affectionate regard for his welfare, will
be recalled by the veterans of many battles; the vanquished, under trying
circumstances committed to his care, will remember the humane and
compassionate friend; that noble nature, incapable of disguise, will be
treasured by the many who have known him through his venerable service. A
man of the finest sympathies, to whom a charitable appeal was as sacred as
his morning prayers, whose conscience could hardly ever have borne a remorse
for an intentional unkind act, and whose family relations were of the most
beautiful and affectionate impress, the most devoted of husbands and
fathers, the humblest of Christians, he has passed away, leaving in the
darkness of death the bright elements of life to shine resplendently. Happy
was he at death, of which he was wont to converse so frequently and so
calmly, his conscience assuring him that so good a life would be crowned
with a Christian’s immortality. Called, so full of honors, and after so
many years, let the Cadet and Officer emulate his example.”