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Childs, Thomaslocked

(17 July 1796–08 October 1853)
  • John C. Fredriksen

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Childs, Thomas (17 July 1796–08 October 1853), army officer, was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the son of Timothy Childs, a physician, and Rachael Easton. On 6 April 1813 Childs enrolled at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and graduated there as a third lieutenant of artillery on 11 March 1814. Two months later he rose to second lieutenant and was immediately pressed into service along the Niagara frontier. Childs fought in the 25 July 1814 battle of Lundy’s Lane and also the ensuing defense of Fort Erie, Upper Canada. He distinguished himself during the 14 August 1814 repulse of British forces and won favorable mention in General ...

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