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James McMillan Glassell
born at "Torthorwald," Madison county, Virginia, January 1, 1790, son of Andrew Glassell, who came from Scotland, and Elizabeth Taylor, his wife, daughter of Erasmus Taylor, who was a brother of Zachary Taylor, who was grandfather of President Zachary Taylor. During the war of 1812, he entered the United States army as ensign in the Twentieth Infantry, and was given recruiting duty, and later was made second and then first lieutenant, and was on duty on Lake Ontario during the war. He then asked promotion to a captaincy at the hands of President Madison, who refused him, saying that his services merited it, but being a relative, he would not thus advance him. Ordered to Georgia, he served on the staff of Gen. Gaines, and afterwards was sent to Florida, and was called to the staff of Gen. Andrew Jackson. While in Florida, he superintended the construction of Fort King and the fortifications at Key West. He was promoted to captain in 1818. He was a member of the board convened to revise the military code. He was for some time in Europe on leave, and after his return was stationed at Philadelphia until 1828, where he was brevetted major for ten years faithful service in one grade, and ordered to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, under Gen. Zachary Taylor. He was made full major, September 6, 1837. He married Eudora Swartwout, of New York City. He died at Fortress Monroe, November 3, 1838.