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Beall, Lloyd J.

Born: 1808-10-19 Newport County, Rhode Island

Died: 1887-11-10 Richmond, Virginia

Lloyd J. Beall was a U.S. army officer and commandant of the Confederate Marine Corps. Beall entered the U.S. Military Academy in July 1826, graduating in July 1830 twenty-fifth in a class of forty-two cadets. The War Department commissioned him as a second lieutenant in the First U.S. Infantry. From 1831 to 1836, Beall engaged in frontier duty in the Wisconsin Territory, seeing action in the Black Hawk War. In June 1836, he received promotion to first lieutenant, and the War Department transferred him to the U.S. Second Dragoons. In October 1836, Beall advanced to the rank of captain. In 1837 and 1838, he participated in the Second Seminole War, and from 1840 to 1842, he attended the Cavalry School at Saumur, France, to learn the French method of dragoon drill. In 1843 and 1844, Beall served another stint of frontier duty in Louisiana. In September 1844, the War Department promoted him to major and transferred him to the Pay Department. Beall served as a paymaster during the Mexican War, and from 1847 to 1861, he performed his paymaster duties in Cincinnati, New Orleans, Washington, DC, Albany, New York, San Antonio, and St. Louis. When the Civil War began, Beall resigned his commission and joined the Confederacy. From 1861 to 1865, he was commandant of the Confederate Marine Corps with the rank of colonel. After the war, Beall became a prominent merchant in Richmond, Virginia.

George W. Cullum, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy , 3rd ed. (Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1891), 1:459-60, 469; Robert P. Broadwater, Civil War Special Forces: The Elite and Distinct Fighting Units of the Union and Confederate Armies (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2014), 141; R. A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians. Eminent Virginians (Richmond: H. H. Hardesty, 1888), 2:447; Gravestone, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.