Category:Rensselaer William Foote Memorial

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Florida, in 1839.

Chronology of the Life of Rensselaer William Foote

Family members

  • Charles Augustus Foote, father. He was a lawyer and member of the U.S. Congress, Delaware county District.
  • Marie Baldwin, mother. She was the daughter of Jesse Baldwin and Margaretta De Hart, of Manhattan. Both she and Charles are buried in the family cemetery at Arbor Hill, Delhi, at the home of Charles father, Ebenezer.
  • Ebenezer Foote, grandfather. Revolutionary War patriot and one of the founders of Delhi, New York. He built the family home, "Arbor Hill."
  • Francis Foote, sister born 1809. She died 1891; married, in 1832, Charles Marvin of Delhi. Their daughter was Margaret Maxwell Marvin, who married Isaac Horton Maynard, a judge, from the Maynard family of nearby Bovina, New York.
  • Harriet Foote, Sister. She married Bryan, then John Foote.
  • Catherine Bruen Foote, Sister. Born 1811, died 1897; "Kate Foote" “Never married but spent her time and money on good works.” [Foote Gen.;205].
  • Charles A. Foote, Brother. Business, including real estate, in Delhi and California.
  • James Bruen Foote, brother born 1821; died 1910.
  • Harriet Bryan Foote, aunt and adoptive mother, guardianship papers, Delhi, New York.
  • Margaret Parsons Foote Williams, cousin. Daughter of Harriet and John Foote.
  • James Buren uncle? listed as parent or guardian in Rensselaer's West Point paperwork.
  • Margaret Parsons Foote Maxwell, aunt, married Rev. Ebenezer Maxwell. Had a son, Ebenezer Foote Maxwell. (This family also buried Arbor Hill.)
  • Ebenezer Foote Maxwell, cousin who remained in the home at Arbor Hill, and carried on farming.
  • Margaret [Foote] Montieth, Aunt. born 1814; she married Rev. Mr. Montieth of Fariday's Bush, N. Y.
  • Aunt Vanderpoel. Harriet Baldwin, wife of Aaron Vanderpoel
  • Aunt Thompson. Amelia DeHart Thompson, of Highland, West Point, New York. She was wife of United States Military Instructor Captain Alexander Thompson, and the mother of Colonel Alexander Ramsay Thompson a major in the U.S. Sixth Infantry, Rensselaer's cousin who died at the battle of Okeechobee, Florida, 1837.
  • Emily Baldwin Plummer, cousin. Died in 1852.
  • Jesse Baldwin, first cousin and business advisor, son of Jesse Baldwin's brother?.
  • Caleb Baldwin, first cousin.
  • Oliver B. Baldwin first cousin.
  • H___? Baldwin first cousin.
  • Roxanna Foote, cousin, wife of Lyman Beecher, (1775 – 1863) Presbyterian and Temperance Society leader. Roxanna was the mother of 13 children, many of whom became noted figures, including [Harriet Beecher Stowe], [Henry Ward Beecher], [Charles Beecher], [Edward Beecher], [Isabella Beecher Hooker], [[Catharine Beecher] and [Thomas K. Beecher].
  • Frances Adeline Foote Seward, cousin, daughter of Judge Elijah Miller and Hannah Foote. Frances Foote Seward was wife of Governor of New York and U.S. Secretary of State William K. Seward.
  • "Burnet, the President of the Republic of Texas is Grandma Baldwins' cousin—and Gen Austin is some relation" RWF letter 1836.

Associates and Friends with Correspondence to Rensselaer

Other Associates

Gaine's Mill, Virginia battlefield as it looks today (2010). Rensselaer died just to the right, through the trees.


Rensselaer William Foote, was born Delhi, New York [as "William Rensselaer Foote" according to family record], 12 Nov., 1815 to Charles Augustus Foote (US Congress from Delhi) and Maria (Margaret) Baldwin. [Foote Fam;205, foote fam rec ms] [ Main Street Museum].

Orphaned at age 13, he was apprenticed to a printer as a child. He attended West Point in 1834 at age 18. He entered service in the United States 6th Infantry in 1838, where he served in Florida, Missouri, Minnesota, the "Dakotahs" (Nebraska Territory), Arizona, and California. Illness called him home to Delhi, New York on more than one occasion, and in 1861 he was on sick leave in New York City when his regiment was transferred from California to the Army of the Potomac. He met his regiment in Manhattan, and travelled with them to the Peninsular Campaign.

He died at Gaines' Mill, Virginia, 26 June, 1862, æ. 46. Memorial stone at Woodlawn Cemetery, Delhi, New York.

The Official Record states, [June] 26 to July 1—Seven Days Battles/The Seven Days' Retreat. Army of the Potomac, Maj.-Gen. George B. McClellan commanding, including engagements known as Mechanicsville or Ellison's Mills on the 26th, Gaines’ Mills or Cold Harbor and Chickahominy on the 27th, Peach Orchard and Savage Station on the 29th, White Oak Swamp, also called Charles City Cross Roads, Glendale, Nelson's Farm, Frazier's Farm, Turkey Bend and New Market Cross Roads on the 30th and Malvern Hill…” from his, the Sixth Corps, commanded by Maj. Gen. Franklin, there were 245 killed, 1,313 wounded, 1,179 missing. The Sixth Corps, in the entire series of battles lost; Total 1,582 killed. 7,709 wounded, 5,958 missing.

“Capt. in 6th Infantry U.S. Army, Brevet Major and Acting Col. in the first battle in which he took part, and in which he was killed, Gaines’ Mill. Was stationed in Arizona when war broke out."
Impression from the signet ring of Charles A., Foote

Details of his Immediate Family can be seen Here

Charles Augustus Foote born 1785 to Ebenezer Foote and Jerusha Purdy. He died at Delhi, N. Y. 1828. He married 1808, Maria Baldwin, daughter of Jesse Baldwin and Margaretta de Hart of New York City, or Newark, New Jersey. Their children were:

Journal and Letters

Letters of Rensselaer William Foote

The Journal of Rensselaer William Foote was written, mainly in central Florida at various U. S. Army encampments, in 1839-42 when Foote was a young man, in his 20s. He was a Captain, 6th Infantry U.S. Army, in the Seminole Wars. After a term of service that included duty in California, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico and Wyoming territories, he died, æ. 46 at the battle of Gaine’s Mill. It was the first battle he participated in during the American Civil War.

Read the Journal here...

"Indian Words" Dictionary, 1839

Dictionary of words and phrases, created in a hand-made book by Rensselaer Foote, while stationed at Clark's Place, St. Andrew's Bay, Bay County, near Panama City, Florida

Obituaries and Clippings

Artifacts in the Collection


Contacts with Creek, Chickasaw and other Native American Women

  • Four small, circular Braids of Hair (tied with string and saved in folded paper):
    • Hair, labelled "Eliza Nichols, Creek Indian"
    • Loosely Bound Hair "Malichia"
    • Tightly Tied Circle of Braided Hair "Malachia — Chickasaw"
    • "Phebe, 1847"

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War in Florida and the Western Frontier


Federal Troops included:

Union Soldiers display jaunty headwear at Gaine's Mill, Virginia in 1862.
The telegram that informed Charles Foote that his brother had been killed.




From Woodland Cemetery, Delhi, New York:

  • Foote, Katherine, Charles Augustus, Adelia, Capt. Rensselaer W.
  • Ford, Frances Maynard, Louisa
  • Harris, Lucy Ford
  • Maynard, Isaac Horton, Margaret Marvine
  • Marvin, Charles Augustus, Francis, Charles, George E., Charles Augustus, (Babies)
  • Marvine, Francis, Charles, Charles E., George E.
  • Maynard, Isaac Horton, Margaret Marvin


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