Snelling, James G. Soulard (1822–1855)

By: Zelma Scott

Revised by: Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: February 15, 2020

James G. Soulard Snelling, United States Army officer, son of Colonel Josiah and Abigail Snelling, was born at Fort Snelling in the Minnesota Territory on October 6, 1822. The fort was named in honor of his father. Upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1845, Snelling was promoted to brevet second lieutenant in the Eighth Infantry. He was wounded during the battle of Molino del Rey during the Mexican War. Commissioned first lieutenant on January 22, 1849, he saw much duty on the Texas frontier, at Fort Gates in 1851, Fort McKavett in 1852, Camp Johnson in 1852, Fort Chadbourne in 1852–53, Fort Clark in 1853, and Fort Bliss in 1854. He was commissioned captain in the Tenth Infantry on March 3, 1855. He died at Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 25, 1855, and was buried there in the Spring Grove Cemetery.

M. L. Crimmins, “W. G. Freeman’s Report on the Eighth Military Department,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly 53 (January 1950). M. L. Crimmins, “W. G. Freeman’s Report on the Eighth Military Department,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly 53 (April 1950). Gatesville Messenger and Star-Forum, October 25, 1968. Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1903; rpt., Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1965). Zelma Scott, History of Coryell County (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1965).

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