- Simon Henry Drum of Pennsylvania
- Appointed from Pennsylvania, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 1 July 1825 (11)
- Brevet Second Lieutenant and Second Lieutenant, 4th U. S. Artillery, 1 July 1830
- First Lieutenant, 31 August 1836
- Captain, Assistant Quartermaster, 29 June to 18 August 1846
- Captain, 4th U. S. Artillery, 17 August 1846
- Killed 13 September 1847 at the assault on the City of Mexico
The elder brother of Richard Coulter Drum, Simon Henry Drum, soldier, born in Greensburg,Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, in June 1807; killed in action at the storming of the City of Mexico, 13 September 1847, was graduated at the U. S. Military Academy in 1830.
He was assistant instructor of infantry tactics there in 1830-32, was engaged in the Florida war and the Canada border disturbances, and as Captain of Artillery in the occupation of Texas in 1846 served through the Mexican war, distinguished himself at Contreras, where he recaptured two fieldpieces taken from his regiment at Buena Vista, and fell at the assault on the City of Mexico after he had entered the Belen gate while directing the fire of a gun he had captured.
NOTE: Another relative, William Findlay Drum, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, is buried adjacent to him in Arlington National Cemetery.
Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, 1851-1852
MONDAY, May 31, 1852:
By Mr. Kuhns: The petition of Elizabeth Drum, widely of the late Captain Simon Drum, of the fourth artillery of the United States army, praying for a continuance of her pension.
DRUM, SIMON H
- CAPT CO G 4TH US ART
- DATE OF DEATH: 09/13/1847
- BURIED AT: SECTION OFFRS SITE LOT 1775
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard