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Mexican War

The US Government formed the Palmetto Regiment to engage in hostilities that arose with the Mexican government. The Citadel graduating class of 1846 trained the junior officers of The Palmetto Regiment prior to their departure for the Mexican War. One member of that class, William Magill, became the first Citadel graduate to serve in the regular US Army joining BG Zachary Taylor's 3rd U.S. Dragoons Cavalry Regiment. He also served in Mexico with six non-graduates (Citadel alumni nonetheless). All of those listed below died as a result of their service in the Mexican War. J. H. Howell, an ex-cadet from the class of 1846, became the first alumnus to fall in battle. Allan Little has a different story: as a result of his heroism during the war, the SC Legislature awarded a full scholarship to Little, and he became The Citadel's first veteran cadet. Little graduated in 1852 as the first Honor Graduate, but he died in 1854 from the war wounds inflicted on him earlier in Mexico.

Class Rank, Name, Unit Battle Death Date

1846 Judah Alexander Battlefield Disease, Perote, Mexico June 19, 1847

1846 J. H. Howell (Palmetto Regiment) KIA, Puebla, Mexico November 6, 1847

1846 McBelton O'Nealle DOW, Churubrusco, Mexico December 1847

1848 Pearcall Graham KIA, Mexico City November 22, 1847

1849 Eugene Wilder KIA, Churubusco, Mexico August 20, 1847

1852 Allen H. Little (Palmetto Regument) WIA, Garita de Belen August 1854

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