Lieut Thomas Clark Hammond

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Lieut Thomas Clark Hammond

Birthplace: Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, United States
Death: December 06, 1846 (27)
Escondido, San Diego County, California, United States
Place of Burial: Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Brig. Gen. Robert Hanna Hammond, US Rep, PA and Elizabeth Hammond
Husband of Mary Alexander Rixey
Father of Dr. Thomas Clarke Hammond, Jr.
Brother of Edward Decatur Hammond; Oscar Hammond; Washington Hammond; Jane Hammond; David Steitz Hammond and 4 others

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About Lieut Thomas Clark Hammond

Reference: FamilySearch Family Tree - SmartCopy: May 8 2016, 4:04:54 UTC

died at the Battle of San Pasqual

His body was not brought back to Platte Co MO for burial, but rather those soldiers killed in that battle were buried at that site in California.

Capt. Benjamin Davis Moore and Lt. Thomas Clark Hammond both supposedly have memorial stones placed in Platte City Cem. in their honor. Note: son-in-law of MM Hughes; Lt 1st Reg Dragoons US Army B Ft McHenry

NOTE: There is another marker for him in California. See Memorial# 77283536.

He was killed in battle in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). He was buried in the battlefield, but his gravestone is in the Milton Cemetery with his family.

On December 6, his (Brigadier General Stephen Watts Kearny) command met and was nearly decimated by a body of Mexican soldiers under Gen. Andres Pico at San Pasqual, about 40 miles from San Diego. In the engagement Kearny had 300 men, composed of Volunteers and Companies B and C of the 1st Dragoons. The enemy was charged by Capt. Abraham Johnston with the advance guard. Captain Johnston was shot fatally at the commencement of the action. Captain Moore pursued the retreating Mexicans but his horses were tiring. Seeing the lagging mounts, the Mexicans turned and charged with lances. Forced back, Moore was killed just before the final retreat. Lieutenant Hammond, two sergeants, two corporals and ten dragoons died also. The flagging mules of the rest of the men finally caught up with the battle and Kearny routed the enemy.

The price was high. In the action the Dragoons lost three officers: Capt. Benjamin Moore, who had arrived at Fort Scott with the first contingent of Dragoons and commanded until October, 1842; Capt. Abraham Johnston, a close friend of Swords and frequent visitor to Fort Scott; and Lt. Thomas C. Hammond, who was assigned to Fort Scott in 1843. Fourteen dragoons were killed and almost all with lance thrusts. General Kearny and two other officers were wounded in the engagement. By the end of December, General Kearny with Company C of the Dragoons had occupied Los Angeles.* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Jun 22 2020, 5:48:38 UTC

NOTE: There is another marker for him in Pennsylvania. See Memorial# 79141630.

Killed in battle - Mexican-American War (1846-1848). Lt. T.C. Hammond and Capt. Moore (brothers-in-law) were buried together under a tree near the battlefield. The tree was used partly as a means to identify the graves initially. The bodies were later moved to another site and later to Ft. Rosecrans. Captain Moore was on horseback when he was struck by the lance of a California. In defending himself, he used his sword which broke in half, and he was lanced again. Lt. Hammond died trying to defend Moore and was also lanced.

From historical research and writings of George Hruby:

The dead from the Battle of San Pasqual were buried alone in a field just southwest of Old Town. The three officers were buried in separate marked graves while First-Sergeant Otis L. Moore and sixteen remaining personnel were buried in separate unmarked graves. In 1850, five Army officers, some of whom were at the Battle of San Pasqual, made the field into an official cemetery called the San Pasqual Cemetery. It later became known as the Government Graveyard. The cemetery eventually fell into disrepair. In 1874, the remains of the fallen San Pasqual soldiers were again removed and reinterred at a location near Mission Bay. When the dead soldiers from San Pasqual were reinterred, the two remaining officers (Moore and Hammond) were again buried in separately marked plots.

Sometime between 1888-1889, the remains of Moore and Hammon were exhumed and transported by wagon to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. There, the two officers were buried in individually marked plots.* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Jun 22 2020, 5:48:38 UTC

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Lieut Thomas Clark Hammond's Timeline

August 19, 1819
Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, United States
May 22, 1846
Missouri, United States
December 6, 1846
Age 27
Escondido, San Diego County, California, United States
December 6, 1846
Age 27
Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, United States