Macdonald, Philip W.

Rank: First Lieutenant

Unit: 2d Dragoons

Enlisted: United States Military Academy class of 1841 in Appointed from Pennsylvania

Hometown: Pennsylvania

Campaign: Plains Indian War (pre Civil War)

Died: 11 October 1851

Age at death: 33

Location of fatality: New Orleans, Louisiana,

Notes: 9th in his class of 49 graduated cadets. Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, July 1, 1841. Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, Oct. 8, 1841. Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1841; in garrison at Mount Vernon, Ala., 1841, — and Baton Rouge, La., 1841; on frontier duty at Ft. Towson, I. T., 1841‑42, — and Ft. Washita, I. T., 1842‑44, 1844‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; as Adjutant, 2d Dragoons, Apr. 6 to July 27, 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846, — Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, (Bvt. First Lieut., Sep. 23, 1846, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Monterey, Mex.)
1846, — Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of Ocalaca, Aug. 16, 1847, — Battle of
(First Lieut., 2d Dragoons, Mar. 3, 1847) Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, —(Bvt. Capt., Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.) and Operations before, and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 12‑14, (Bvt. Major, Sep. 13, 1847, for Gallant Conduct at Chapultepec, Mex.) 1847; and as Aide-de‑camp to Brig.‑General Twiggs, July 27, 1846, to Oct. 11, 1851, in the Mexican War, 1846‑48, and at New Orleans, La., 1848‑51.