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BEALL, Benjamin Lloyd, soldier, born in the District of Columbia, about 1800; died in Baltimore, Maryland, 16 August 1863. He was a son of Major Beall of Maryland, and appointed a cadet at West Point in 1814, but did not graduate. He was made captain of the Washington city volunteers in June 1836, in a regiment raised for the Florida Indian war; captain of 2d United States dragoons 8 June 1836; brevetted major 15 March 1837, for gallantry in the Florida campaign; and appointed major 1st United States dragoons 16 February 1847. He took part in the Mexican war, and on 16 March 1848, was brevetted Lieutenant-Colonel for bravery at the battle of Santa Cruz de Royales. He became Lieutenant-Colonel of the 1st United States dragoons 3 March 1855, and served for several years on the western frontier. He was in command as general in California after its annexation to the United States. and while so serving built all the forts from the western frontier of Texas to the Pacific. He also served for two years at Vancouver's island. When the civil war began he was ordered to Baltimore as a mustering officer, was commissioned colonel 1st United States dragoons in May 1861, and was placed on the retired list 15 February 1862, because of his long and arduous service. He had two sons in the national army and one in the confederate.
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