General Delos Bennet Sacket
|Father||Captain Gideon Shepard Sacket (1792-1860)|
|Mother||Frances Electa Bush|
Delos Bennet Sacket was a career soldier. He graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1845. During a distinguished career he gained rapid promotion, including that to Brevet Major General during the Civil War for gallantry in the field. He was appointed senior Inspector General of the United States Army in 1881 with the rank of Brigadier General.
In 1870 Delos was living at Cape VincentG and was recorded in the census as D R Sackett, General, US Army, aged 48. Living with him were his wife Frances, 35, their children, Frank, 2, and Cornelius, 5 months, and Delos's daughter Francis, 22, from his first marriage. There were three female domestic servants in the household.8
In 1880 he was living at Cape VincentG and was recorded as Delos B Sacket, a U.S. Army soldier inspector, head of household, married, aged 58 and born in New York. Living with him were his wife Frances, 46, and their children, Francis, 12, Cornelius, 10, and Eliza, aged eight. Also in the household were a male gardener, a female nurse, and two female domestic servants.9
Delos's widow Frances made her will on 21 January 1897. She left her estate in trust for the benefit of her three children, Francis, Cornelius, and Eliza. The trust was to continue for twenty years, or sooner if both Cornelius and Eliza had died. The will was proved in New York City on 29 April 1899.
3150. General Delos Bennett Sacket, U. S. A., was born at Cape Vincent, Jefferson County, N. Y., Apr. 14, 1822, and died at Washington, D. C., Mar. 8, 1885. He was the son of (1240) Gideon S. Sacket, and Frances Bush. In 1847 he was married to Amanda Field, who died prior to 1854. On Dec. 13, 1856, he was married to Frances Ann Williams, of New York City. Entering the West Point Military Academy in 1841, he was graduated therefrom with rank of Brevet Second Lieutenant in 1845, and assigned to 2nd Regiment of Dragoons; and within a year thereafter had won his first promotion of the battlefields of Palo Alto and Resaca-de-la-Palma, and on June 30, 1846, was commissioned Second Lieutenant and assigned to First Regiment of Dragoons. On Dec. 27, 1848, he was commissioned First Lieutenant. From Dec. 10, 1850, to Apr. 16, 1855, he was assistant instructor of cavalry tactics at U. S. Military Academy. On March 3, 1855, he was promoted to the rank of Captain in the 1st Cavalry. In 1856 he was made a member of board of officers selected to revise the U. S. Army regulations, and during a considerable part of the year 1856-7 served on frontier duty, in the Kansas disturbances. In 1848 [1858?] he participated with credit in the Utah and Cheyenne expeditions. On Jan. 31, 1861, he was advanced to the rank of Major of 1st Cavalry, and on May 3d following was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of 2d Cavalry. On October, 1864, he was assigned to duty as Inspector General of the Army of the Potomac with rank of Colonel and served on the staff of the commanding general in the Virginia Peninsula and the Maryland and Rappahannock campaigns, participating in the principal battles. He seems to have held an exalted place in the estimation of General McClellan, who commends him most highly in several of his reports to the Secretary of War; in one of which he uses the following most suggestive language: "In heaven's name give me some generals who understand their profession. * * * Give me such men as Stephenson, Marcy, Sacket, and Lander, and I will answer for it with my life that I meet with no disaster."
From Jan. 10 to May 26, 1863, Col. Sacket was in charge of the Inspector General's office at Washington, and subsequently, until March, 1864, was an active member of the board having charge of organization of Invalid Corps and the retirement of disabled officers. From April, 1863, to August, 1865, he was engaged in making a special tour of inspection of the departments of the Cumberland, Arkansas and New Mexico. On Mar. 13, 1865, he was breveted Brigadier General and Major General for "gallant and meritorious services in the field during the civil war." After the termination of the war he was Inspector General of the Department of Tennessee and of the divisions of the Atlantic and Missouri. On January 2, 1881, he became senior inspector general of the armies of the United Stated, with the rank of Brigadier General.
5901. Maynard Sacket, b. Sept. 17, 1858, d. Jan. 2, 1863.
5902. Delos Bennett Sacket, Jr., b. June 5, 1861, d. Mar. 9, 1862.
5903. Francis Williams Sacket, b. Sept. 15, 1867; m. Edith M. E. Scobell.
5904. Cornelius Tiebout Sacket, b. Jan. 22, 1870; m. Josephine Saunders.
5905. Eliza Ross Sacket, b. Apr. 12, 1872; m. Chas. M. DeValin, M. D.
Delos B. Sacket
Military History. – Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1840, to July 1, 1845, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to
Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, July 1, 1845.
Served: in the Military Occupation of Texas, 1845-46; in the War with Mexico, 1846, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, -- Battle of Resaca-de-la-Palma, May 9, 1846, -- and
(Bvt. First Lieut., May 9, 1846, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca-de-la-Palma, Tex.)
Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21-23, 1846; on frontier duty, in escorting Recruits to
(Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, June 30, 1846)
Ft. Gibson, I. T., and Ft. Smith, Ark., 1847-48, -- at Santa Fe, N. M.,
(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Dec. 27, 1848)
1848-49, -- Dona Ana, N. M., 1849-50, -- and Scouting against Apache Indians, 1850; on Recruiting service, 1850; at the Military Academy as Asst. Instructor of Cavalry Tactics, Dec. 10, 1850, to Apr. 16,
(Captain, 1st Cavalry, Mar. 3, 1855)
1855; on Recruiting service, 1855; in garrison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and removing intruders from Indian lands, 1855-56; as Member of Board to Revise the Army Regulations, Washington, D. C., 1856-57; on Inspection of Horses and Mules at Cincinnati, O., 1857; on frontier duty at Ft. Riley, quelling Kansas Disturbances, 1857-58, -- on Utah and Cheyenne Expeditions, 1858, -- at Ft. Smith, Ark., 1858-59, -- and on Antelope Hill Expedition, I. T., 1859; on leave of absence in Europe, 1859-60; and
(Major, 1st Cavalry, Jan. 31, 1861)
on frontier duty at Ft. Arbuckle, I. T., 1860-61.
Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861-66: on March from the Indian Territory to Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., May 3-27, 1861; as
(Lieut.-Colonel, 2d Cavalry, May 3, 1861)
Acting Inspector-General of the Department of Washington, June 13 to Aug. 8, 1861; as Mustering and Disbursing Officer, New York city, Aug. 8 to Dec. 12, 1861; as Inspector-General of the Army of the
(Colonel, Staff – Inspector-General, Oct. 1, 1861)
Potomac, Dec. 13, 1861, to Jan. 10, 1863; at Headquarters of the Army, Washington, D. C., Dec. 13, 1861, to Mar. 10, 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign, on the Staff of Major-General McClellan, Mar. to Aug., 1862, being present at the Battle of Gaines’s Mill, June 27, 1862, -- Battle of Glendale, June 30, 1862, -- and Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign, on the Staff of the Commanding General of the Army of the Potomac, Sep. to Nov., 1862, being present at the Battle of South Mountain, Sep. 14, 1862, -- and Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862; in the Rappahannock Campaign, on the Staff of Major-General Barnside, commanding Army of the Potomac, Dec., 1862, to Jan., 1863, being present at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862; in charge of the Inspector-General’s Office at Washington, D. C., Jan. 10 to May 26, 1863; as Member of Board to Organize invalid Corps, May 26 to Aug. 10, 1863, -- and of Board for Retiring Disabled Officers, Aug. 10, 1863, to Apr. 1, 1864; on Inspection duty in the Departments of the Tennessee, Cumberland, Arkansas, and New Mexico, Apr. 1, 1864, to Aug.,
(Bvt. Brig.-General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865, for Gallant and
Meritorious Services in the Field During the Rebellion)
(Bvt. Maj.-General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865, for Faithful
and Meritorious Services During the Rebellion)
1865; and awaiting orders at New York city, Aug., 1865, to Apr. 4, 1866.
Served: on tour of Inspection to and through Montana Territory and thence to the Pacific Ocean, Apr. 19 to Sep. 10, 1866; as Inspector-General of the Department of the Tennessee, Nov. 9, 1866, to Mar., 1867, -- of the Department of the Cumberland, to Oct. 29, 1868, -- of the Division of the Atlantic, Oct. 31, 1868, to Oct. 10, 1872, -- under the Instructions of the Secretary of War to July, 1876, -- and of the Division of the Missouri, July 10, 1876, to Feb. 18, 1881; and in charge of the Inspector-
(Brig.-General, Staff – Inspector-General, Jan. 2, 1881)
General’s Department to Mar. 8, 1885.
Died, Mar. 8, 1885, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 63.
—Website US Mexican War (Corpus Christi Public Libraries).
GEN. DELOS B. SACKET.
Brig.-Gen. Delos B. Sacket, senior Inspector-General of the United States Army, died at his residence in Washington yesterday morning. He was born in this State, and was appointed to the Military Academy at West Point in 1840. He was graduated in 1845, and was at once promoted to brevet Second Lieutenant and sent to Mexico with his regiment, the Second Dragoons. In the charge upon the Mexican batteries at Palo Alto and at the battle of Resaca de la Palma his gallant and meritorious conduct caused him to be breveted First Lieutenant. He was also engaged in the battle of Monterey, in September, 1846. A brevet then counted for something, as it was only given for distinguished bravery under fire. From 1847 to 1850 he was on frontier duty in Arkansas and New-Mexico, receiving an appointment as First Lieutenant of the First Dragoons in 1848. While scouting against the Apache Indians in 1850 he won special distinction as an active and gallant officer.
In December, 1850, Lieut. Sacket was assigned to duty as Assistant Instructor of Cavalry Tactics at West Point, where he remained until April, 1855. The next month he was promoted to Captain in the First Cavalry, and was sent to Kansas to aid in removing intruders from Indian lands. He was a member of the board to revise the Army Regulations in 1856, and in 1857-8 was again on frontier duty, this time engaged in quelling the Kansas disturbances. He was on the Utah and Cheyenne expeditions in 1858, and on the Antelope Hill expedition in 1859. After a year spent in Europe, he returned to duty at Fort Arbuckle, Indian Territory, when he was promoted to Major in the First Cavalry, in January, 1861. Later in the same year he was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of the Second Cavalry and assigned to duty as Inspector-General of the Department of Washington. Early in October, he was made Colonel of Staff and Inspector-General. He served as recruiting officer in this city from August to December, 1861, when he joined the Army of the Potomac as Inspector-General. He served continuously with this army throughthe Peninsula, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Rappahannock campaigns, taking part in all the battles and sieges, and to his work much of the splendid discipline of the army was due. In the Summer of 1863 he was a member of the board to organize the Invalid Corps. In 1864-5 he was assigned to duty in the Departments of the Tennessee, Cumberland, Arkansas, and New-Mexico, until placed upon the staff of Gen. Sheridan, when, in March, 1865, he was made a Brevet Brigadier-General for gallant services in the field,and the same day was made Brevet Major-General. In 1866 he was in the Department of the Tennessee. He was confirmed as Inspector-General by the Senate Jan. 21, 1881. Gen. Sacket was a man of fine presence, courtly in manner and soldierly in address, and was one of the most popular officers in the army.
Gen. Sacket had been confined to his house by illness since Jan. 30. The immediate cause of his death was senile gangrene. He was born at Cape Vincent, N.Y., April 14, 1822. The funeral, which will be private, will take place on Tuesday afternoon, and a temporary interment of the body will be made in Oak Hill Cemetery. The final interment will be at Cape Vincent.
—New York Times 9 Mar 1885.
Upon the death of General Sacket, the following order was issued by the War Department: --
"It is with sincere regret the Secretary of War announces the death of Brig.-General Delos B. Sacket, Senior Inspector-General of the Army, which occurred at his residence in this city on Sunday noon, the 8th instant.
"The loss of such an accomplished officer and gentleman cannot but be deeply regretted by the Army; his interest in its welfare, always active, remained to the end unabated. He possessed in an eminent degree that correct military spirit necessary to the efficient discharge of duty, and his precept and example exerted an influence which was highly beneficial to the service.
"General Sacket was graduated from the U. S. Military Academy and appointed brevet Second Lieutenant, 2d Dragoons, July 1, 1845. He served in Texas during the military occupation of that State in 1845-46, and in the Mexican War, participating in the Battlers of Palo Alto, Resaca-de-la-Palma, and Monterey, and was brevetted First Lieutenant, May 9, 1846, for gallant and meritorious conduct in the two first-named battles. Promoted Second Lieutenant, 1st Dragoons, June 30, 1846, and First Lieutenant, Dec. 27, 1848. He was on frontier duty until Dec. 10, 1850, when he was detailed as Asst. Instructor of Cavalry Tactics at the U. S. Military Academy, where he remained on duty until Apr. 16, 1855, having been promoted Captain, 1st Cavalry, Mar. 3, 1855. In 1855-56 he served at Fort Leavenworth, and in removing intruders from Indian hands; in 1856-57, as a Member of the Board to Revise the Army Regulations; in 1857-58, on frontier duty and in quelling the Kansas Disturbances; in 1858-59, on Utah and Cheyenne Expedition and on Antelope Hill Expedition; and on leave of absence in Europe, and again on frontier duty, at Fort Arbuckle, Indian Territory, until the breaking out of the War of the Rebellion, having been promoted Major, 1st Cavalry, Jan. 31, 1861, and Lieutenant-Colonel of the 2d Cavalry on May 3, 1861.
"From June 13, 1861, to Aug. 8, 1861, he was on duty as Acting Inspector-General, Department of Washington; then as Mustering and Disbursing Officer at New York city, to Dec. 13, 1861, when he was appointed Inspector-General of the Army of the Potomac (having been appointed Colonel and Inspector-General, U. S. Army, on Oct. 1, 1861), in which capacity he served until Jan. 10, 1863, participating in the Virginia Peninsular and Maryland Campaigns, and was engaged in the Battles of Gaines’s Mill, Glendale, Malvern Hill, South Mountain, and Antietam; and in the Rappahannock Campaign, in which he was present at the Battle of Fredericksburg.
"During the period from Jan. 10, 1863, until Apr. 1, 1864, General Sacket was in charge of the Inspector-General’s Office at Washington; a Member of the Board to Organize the Invalid Corps; and on a Board to Retire Disabled Officers. From Apr. 1, 1864, to Aug., 1865, he was on inspection duty in the Departments of the Tennessee, Cumberland, Arkansas, and New Mexico. He was brevetted Brigadier-General and Major-General, U. S. Army, on Mar. 13, 1865, for gallant and meritorious service in the field during the Rebellion. In 1866 he made a tour of inspection through Montana to the Pacific Ocean; and was on duty as Inspector-General, Department of the Tennessee, from Nov. 9, 1866, until March, 18676; of the Department of the Cumberland, to Oct. 29, 1868; of the Division of the Atlantic, from Oct. 31, 1868, to Oct. 10, 1872, -- under the instructions of the Secretary of War, to July, 1876, -- and of the Division of the Missouri, from July 10, 1876, to Jan. 12, 1881, and was appointed Brigadier-General and Senior Inspector-General of the Army, Jan. 2, 1881.
"The officers of the Inspector-General’s Department will wear the usual badge of mourning for six months.”
—Website US Mexican War (Corpus Christi Public Libraries.)
SACKET, Delos Bennet, soldier, born in Cape Vincent. New York, 14 April, 1822; died in Washington, D. C., 8 March, 1885. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1845, assigned to the 2d dragoons, and served in the Mexican war, being brevetted 1st lieutenant, 9 May, 1846, for gallant and meritorious conduct at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, Texas On 30 June, 1846, he became 2d lieutenant, and he was made 1st lieutenant on 27 Dec., 1848. He was engaged in scouting in 1850, and was assistant instructor of cavalry tactics in the United States military academy from 10 December, 1850, till 16 April, 1855. On 3 March, 1855, he became captain of 1st cavalry.
He was a member of the board to revise the army regulations in Washington in 1856-'7, served on frontier duty in the Kansas disturbances in 1856–'7, and on the Utah and Cheyenne expedition in 1858. He was appointed major of 1st cavalry on 31 January, 1861, lieutenant-colonel of 2d cavalry on 3 May, 1861 and inspector-general on 1 October, 1861. Joining the Army of the Potomac, he served on the staff of the commanding general in the Virginia peninsula and the Maryland and Rappahannock campaigns, participating in the chief engagements. He was in charge of the inspector-general's office in Washington, D. C., from 10 January till 26 May, 1863, and afterward a member of the board to organize invalid corps and treat for retiring disabled officers. From 1 April. 1864, till August, 1865, he was on inspection duty in the departments of the Tennessee, Cumberland, Arkansas, and New Mexico.
On 13 March, 1865, he was brevetted brigadier-general and major-general for gallant and meritorious services in the field and during the civil war. After the war he was inspector-general of the Department of the Tennessee and of the divisions of the Atlantic and the Missouri. On the retirement of General Randolph B. Marcy on 2 January, 1881, he became senior inspector-general of the army with the rank of brigadier-general.
—Virtualology.com, Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography (edited by James Grant Wilson, John Fiske and Stanley L. Klos. Six volumes, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887–1889 and StanKlos.com 1999.) (http://famousamericans.net/delosbennetsacket/).
At Little Rock, Arkansas, 8th ult., Mrs Amanda Sacket, wife of Lieut. Delos B. Sacket, of the 1st Dragoons, U.S.A.There is something in the death of this lady peculiarly touching. A few days since, her heart was beating high with the fond hope of soon mingling her tears and sympathies with those of a loved sister so recently bereaved of her husband; a few days since, and she was talking to her little girl that prattled on her knee, of the day when its father would be permitted to return from his far off post, and hear the sweet music of its tongue. But alas, there was a cold shadow soon to pass before those hopes and shut them out from her heart forever. Death, undreamed of by her and her friends, was standing nigh to bear her to his dark domain. But when his presence was felt, he had no terrors for his victim. She looked upon him with a calmness of a true Christian, and glided as gently down his stream as a summer flower upon a breezeless tide. Although no relation save her little daughter stood by her death-bed, she had the attention of devoted friends, and the last star of the morning found angels of kindness watching her couch, and the sweet consolations of the christian religion were poured gently in her ear and ever found a ready response in her heart. Her high intelligence, her decisive character, continued to her latest moment. Fully aware that she must soon depart, she gave the minutest directions concerning the disposition of everything she left behind, and said she died "at peace with the world," and had a full hope that she would live in happiness hereafter. Her husband will have the consolation of knowing that every request will be complied with, and that she sleeps (in her own language) in the cool shade and where the breeze can blow over her grave.—Arkansas State Gazette, Aug. 9.
Mrs Sacket was the youngest of two interesting Cherokee girls, educated here, and for many years inmates of the family of Elijah Parker, Esq.
—New Hampshire Sentinel, Keene, NH, 20 Sep 1849.
Abstract of will of Frances Ann Sacket.
Date: 21 Jan 1897.
Proved: Surrogates Court, NY City, 29 Apr 1899.
Source: New York Wills and Probate Records, Ancestry.com.
Daughter Eliza Ross De Valins, all jewelry, silver plate, & wearing apparel.
Children, Francis Williams Sacket, Cornelius Tiebout Sacket, & Eliza Ross De Valins, equally, all contents of house at Cape Vincent.
Rest of estate, real and personal, to be placed in trust with New York Insurance and Trust Company for lifetime of the survivor of children Cornelius and Eliza, or 20 years if sooner, then to go equally to 3 children, Francis, Cornelius, & Eliza. If any child is by then deceased, their one-third share to go to their issue or, if no surviving issue, to my surviving issue equally.
Executors: Abraham R Lawrence, Arthur D Weekes.
Witnesses: Frederic Delano Weekes, 41 East 20 St NY City; Caldwell Cleveland, 76 Madison Ave, NY City.
St John's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Cape Vincent, New York.
(Src: Find A Grave, Anne Cady)
Child of General Delos Bennet Sacket and Amanda Fields
- Frances Elisabeth Sacket b. 1848
Children of General Delos Bennet Sacket and Frances Ann Williams
Notes & Citations
- Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "3150. Delos B. Sacket, b. Apr. 14, 1822, d. Mar. 8, 1885; m. Amanda Field."
- American Antiquarian Society, "Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704–1930", digital image, Ancestry.com, Boston Transcript, Massachusetts, 9 Mar 1885, death, "Sackett, Maj. Delos B, d. 8 Mar 1885."
- "U.S., Registers of Deaths in the Regular Army, 1860–1889", digital image, Ancestry.com, "Sacket, Delos B, Inspt, Genl, USA, American, b. NY, cause senile gangrene, d. 8 Mar 1885."
- Website Find a Grave.
- Hodge, Frederick Webb, Handbook of American Indians (Washington) 1912, p 382, records Amanda Fields as a daughter of Richard Fields, a merchant and a Cherokee citizen of Alabama, and his wife Lydia Shorey, and states, "Amanda Fields, like many other Cherokee girls, was sought after by young army officers stationed at Fort Gibson, and was married to Delos B. Sackett who was afterward brevet major general and Inspector General of the United States Army." Amanda's mother died young and Amanda and her elder sister Elizabeth were placed in the care of a Mr and Mrs Parker, the girls receiving a "liberal education" at school in Keene, New Hampshire.
- Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America.
- 1870 US census, digital image, Ancestry.com, Roll: M593_944; Page: 207A; Family History Library Film: 552443
Cape Vincent, Jefferson County, New York, 29 Jun 1870
Sackett, D R, 48, Gen US Army, real estate $2,500, personal estate $500, b. NY
Sacket, Francis, 35, f, keeps house, b. NY
Sacket, Frank, 2, b. KY
Sacket, Cornelus, 5/12, b. PA
Sacket, Francis, 22, f, at home, b. Indian Terr
Haskin, Brieder, 35, f, domestic servt, b. Ireland
Riley, Ellen, 31, domestic servt, b. Ireland
Flaner, N, 24, f, domestic servt, b. Ireland.
- 1880 US census, database, LDS, FamilySearch, FHL 1254838, NA T9-0838/58D
Cape Vincent, Jefferson, New York
Delos B. Sacket, head, married, 58, b. NY, U.S. Army Soldier Inspect, father b. MA, mother b. MA
Frances Sacket, wife, 46, b. NY, keeping house, father b. NY, mother b. NY
Francis W. Sacket, son, 12, b. KY, at home, father b. NY, mother b. NY
Cornetus F. [Cornelius T] Sacket, son, 10, b. PA, father b. NY, mother b. NY
Eliza R. Sacket, dau, 8, b. PA, father b. NY, mother b. NY
Freckerck Johnson, other, single, 40, b. Sweden, gardner, father b. Sweden, mother b. Sweden
Ellen Riley, other, single, 46, b. Ireland, nurse, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland
Amande Hullberg, other, single, 44, b. Sweden, domestic servant, father b. Sweden, mother b. Sweden
Emma Fromkel, other, single, 24, b. Bohemia, domestic servant, father b. ---, mother b. ---.
|See also||Delos Bennet Sacket gallery|
Notable Sacketts timeline
Wikipedia, Delos Bennett Sackett.
|Appears in||Sacketts in the Military|
|Sackett line||7th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet|
|Charts||Line 3a (American)|
|Last Edited||3 Jan 2022|