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DAVENPORT, William, soldier, born in North Carolina; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 12 April 1858. He was appointed captain in the 16th infantry, 28 September 1812, and distinguished himself at Chippewa and Lundy's Lane in the war with Great Britain. He was brevetted major on 28 September 1822, "for ten years' faithful service," and made major in the 6th infantry, 16 December 1825, lieutenant colonel in the 1st infantry, 4 April 1832, and was distinguished at the battle of Bad Axe, tinder General Atkinson, in the Black Hawk war. He was brevetted colonel "for meritorious service in Florida," 7 July 1838, was made colonel of the 6th infantry, 14 June 1842, transferred to the 1st infantry in July 1843, and resigned on 31 January 1850.
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