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Keith/12th US Infantry
Posted by: Roger Keith (ID *****3503) Date: January 17, 2003 at 18:58:16
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Looking for general information about the 12th US Infantry before and during the Mexico City campaign. The 12th was one of the ten "new Regular" regiments authorized by Congress in early 1847 to alleviate the problem of the one-year volunteer regiments, whose enlistments were set to expire halfway through the long fight from Vera Cruz to Mexico City. The 12th, under the command of Col Milledge Luke Bonham (future CSA General and Governor of SC, brother of James Butler Bonham of Alamo fame) arrived in Jalapa in late June/early July of 1847, just in time for the final push. The Brigade Commander was BGen Franklin Pierce.
Is anyone aware of a good source for unit histories or rosters for the 12th? My 4GUncle, Warren Cash Keith (1818-1892), was a Private in Co F (Capt Abbott). I have his complete Service Record, Bounty Land Warrant file, and Pension Record from NARA, but so far I haven't had any success in finding rosters or battle histories for the 12th, let alone for Co F. I have also contacted the present-day 12th Infantry (Mechanized) at Ft. Carson, CO, but their written documentation only covers the period beginning with reorganization in 1861 for the Civil War. Is there a way to obtain rosters through NARA?
Apparently, individual companies were recruited in different locations, also. I have seen some of the 12th were recruited in NC...Co F was mustered in Batesville, Independence Co, AR. Is anyone else researching the 12th?
Roger Keith

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