MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR OF 1846-1848
From email of Dorothy Sargent, January 2013:
Now I have another addition I think you might like to add
for a lesser known war: the "Mexican-AmericanWar of 1846-1848". Most
people remember the Alamo, but that was just one battle...there were
man was Lawson R. Daskam enlisted 6 Jan 1847, still on the muster rolls as
of April 13, 1847 when he was placed on det. service to Vera Cruz, Mexico.
Unheard from so listed as deserted. Later declared dead at Vera Cruz.
Enclosed in the file is the letter below indicating that the family had been
informed of his death and wanting any pay due him.
1. US Army Registr of
Enlistments 1798-1914: pg 64 Daskam Lauson K. 19 Grey
Light Fair 5'8" b. New
York Ontario Co Laborer Enlisted 6 Jan 1847 Salina by
Lt Augus for 5 years 4
Inf D & K deserted 13 April 1847
2.Short Description: NARA M567.
Unbound letters, with their enclosures,
received by the Adjutant General,
1822-1860. Roll: 0375 Year: 1848 Surname:
Daskam Given Name: Lawson R File
Number: D469 State: [Blank]
Allan's Hill Nov 3rd
Lawson R. Daskam 4th
Hon Robt L.
Desiring to be informed the amount due
Lawson R. Daskam s private
Compy K 4th
Enlisted 6 Janry 47
for 5 years, on the Roll for July
& August '48, reported "Last heard from on
det. Services at Vera Cruz
since April 13th 1847 Supposed to have deserted"
Born in Ontario Co New York
aged 19 years grey eyes, light hair, fair
complexion, 5' 2(?)" high, by
occupation a laborer. an'st 9 Dec /48 Rec'd
Nov 7 /48
Nov 3, 1848
Dear sir, Will you do me the favor to inform me of the state
of the account
of Lawson R. Daskam who belonged to the 4th Regt of the US
Infantry. - His
family are informed of his death and now wish to close his
acct with the
Govt ---- Yours Respectfully, Robt L Rose
Thank you for any consideration you may give this
matter. It seems little
enough to do for a native son of Ontario County who
was not named other than
by slashes on any census and who died for his
countries annexation policies
before he could be named on the 1850 census.
I am fairly sure I know to
which family he belongs but proof is
Dorothy A Daskam Sargent,
Nathan and Hannah (Parker) Daskam