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An incredible history book of what is still one of the most prestigious academy'sin history. The timing of this class would mean many of these graduates would go on to be leaders and commanders in WW1 given their age when the war started. Of particular interest in the photos are a very early photo of the Army football team as shown, with one photo showing what looks like participants in a Valentine's event. Another unique group photo shows several of the recruits dressed in various attire possibly for Halloween, and of particular interest in this photo you can see clearly one recruit who is in blackface. In another photo some of the recruits are dressed in female clothing. In one photo you can see what appears to be a very light or white colored pre-Dreadnought battleship with another ship behind that one. Lots of photos of the buildings, campsites with formations, monuments and surrounding countryside are included.As far as the members go in this book, I went ahead and did the exhaustive research so here is the results of this extensive endeavor (it is long but incredible you should take the time to read if you are seriously interested in a piece of American history):

Amost incredible book of the History of our military academy at WestPoint, and to me single greatest historical document that I have hadthe privilegeof being the caretaker. I have listed the cadetsfirst, which is a veritable Who's who of the military in the nearfuture, but equally if not more spectacular are the faculty, whichincluded some of the most influential military leaders of the time. And I believe I discovered and redefined history at least once, withthe identification of Francisco Alcantara as the new earliest LatinAmerican graduate of the Academy previously attributed to Luis R.Esteves. Starting with the Cadets, of the 68 graduates no less than24 of them would go on to become Generals, with two Adjutant Generalsof the Army, 1 Lt. General, 15 Major Generals, and 8 BrigadierGenerals among what I could find. Also in this group were 1 Medal ofHonor recipient, 3 Distinguished Service Crosses, 22 DistinguishedService Medals, 7 Legion of Honor Awards (1 Commander), 5 Croix deGuerre, 1 Belgium CDG, 2 Belgium Order of Leopold, 14 Silver Stars,1 Navy Cross, 2 Order of Italy, 1 Order of Bath and 2 Purple Hearts. Highlights in the Cadets section for me include Alcantara Above,likely son of the former President of Venezuela, Major GeneralFrank Ross McCoy and his extensive important history even throughWW2, Seth Milliken of the famous Billionaire Milliken Family, thewonderful story and possible groundbreaking history of footballer Henry S. Morgan of Valdosta, and Medal of Honor recipient CharlesRoberts and his extensive history.

Atthe beginning of the yearbook are photo's that are not named, but Ihave managed to identify most. Not to be outdone by the cadets, thefirst four photos are of the two Presidents McKinley and Cleveland ofthe year 1897, the Commanding General of the Army and the Superintendentof the Academy. Of the next 24 I researched, I foundhistory which includes 1 Surgeon General of the US, 1 Judge AdvocateGeneral (JAG) of the US Army, 3 Major Generals, 10 BrigadierGenerals, 2 Medal of Honor recipients, 1 Distinguished Service Cross,4 Distinguished Service Medals, 1 Croix de Guerre, 1 Legion of HonorCommander, and 3 Silver Stars. Also there is much important CivilWar history with a few of them. Highlights include obviously the MOHrecipients, the JAG and Surgeon General, and the civil war historyincluding a POW and two who were with the Army of the Potomac atAppomatox, of which one was also at Gettysburg. Maybe the mostinteresting character in this section could be BG Samuel Tilman, whohas just recently (2008) been investigated about reports of hispossible “flying machine” being tested and flown about 5 yearsearlier than the Wright Brothers???


Originalbook owner on cover: Clarence R. Day (see below for Bio)

HenryAbbot Illinois

Abbotor Abbott, Henry, Jan. 15, 1876 born at Bunker Hill, Ill., son ofWilliam and Elise or Elsie Abbot; June 11, 1897 graduated from WestPoint (55/67) and appointed additional 2ndlt., 20th U. S. InfantryRgt. 1897-1898 at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; March 5, 1898 2ndlt., 1stU. S. Infantry Rgt. 1898 at Tampa, Fla. Dec. 23, 1898 died at Ft.Bliss, Texas of a hemorrhage. His father was a civil war veteran andhis brother also graduated from West Point and became an instructorthere.

R.S. Abernethy Texas

RobertSweptson, BrigadierGeneral

RobertSweptson was awarded 3silver stars forheroism in action.

Abernethy,Robert Swepston, Aug. 5, 1874 born in Gonzales County, Texas, son ofBenjamin R. and Anna E. Swepston Abernethy; June 11, 1897 graduatedfrom West Point (9/67) and appointed additional 2ndlt., 3rd U. S.Artillery Rgt. Feb. 10, 1898 2ndlt. Philippine Insurrection; Feb. 5,1899 wounded at LaLoma Church, Philippine Islands; March 2, 18991stlt., 6th U. S. Artillery Rgt. July 5, 1899 capt., 36th U. S.Volunteer Infantry Rgt. Aug. 9, 1899 wounded at Bacolor, PhilippineIslands; Dec. 24, 1899 maj., 36th U. S. Volunteer Infantry Rgt. Feb.2, 1901 transferred to Artillery Corps; March 16, 1901 mo ofvolunteers; 1901-1903 on West Point staff; Aug. 1, 1901 capt.,Artillery Corps; October-November 1916 commanded Ft. Hamilton, NewYork harbor; World War I-artillery brigade commander, AEF; 1930 atHonolulu, Hawaii; 1932 briggen. 1938 retired; June 10, 1952 died atSummerton, S. C. and buried in Arlington, Va. National Cemetery

GonzalesInquirer June 10, 1901

Lieut.Robert Abernethy, who has seen several years service in thePhilippines, and who is stated for promotion to a captaincy in theregular army, is now en route home, he having been ordered to reportfor duty at the West Point Academy, where he has been commissionedinstructor.

FranciscoAlcantara Venezuela

AlthoughI have not been able to confirm this 100%, he is likely the sonof former President of Venezuela Francisco Linares Alcantara whoreigned from 1877 to 1878. He was admittedto the Academy via a joint resolution of Congress onDecember 22nd, 1892. As a Hispanic this entry may prove thathe was actually the first Hispanic graduate of the Academy ratherthat Luis. R. Esteves asis claimed presently.

F.W. Altstaetter Ohio

Frederick William

Retired to civilian life fordisability in 1920 with a final rank of Colonel as a civil engineerin the Army. Cremated and his ashes were spread over the Savannahriver.

H.La. F. Applewhite Mississippi

HughLaFayette Applewhite achieved rank of Colonel, buried in Ft. SamHouston National Cemetery

F.T. Arnold Iowa

Frederick Theodore, his highestrank and achievement was commanding the 80th Field Artillery Regimentin 1917 as a Colonel in WW1 and then becoming Chief Inspector at theAmerican Embarkation Center in Brest after that.

ThomasQ. Ashburn Ohio

ThomasQuinn, MajorGeneral

Ashburn'sfirst duty was with the 25th Infantry at Fort Missoula, in Montana,after which he was transferred to the artillery. Ashburn wascommissioned a captain in the 34th United States Volunteer Infantryand was shipped to the Philippines.

InMay 1900, he commanded one column of the pursuit of Emilio Aguinaldo.He was made a brevet major for gallantry in action at San Jacinto onNovember 11, 1899. From 1901 to 1902, Ashburn wasthe aide to General Arthur MacArthur,after which he was stationed in Cuba to command the 18th, 19th, and24th Companies of Coast Artillery. He returned from Cuba in 1903,graduated from the School of Submarine Defense in 1907, and served asecond tour in the Philippines. Ashburn then commanded and took toFrance the 324th Field Artillery Brigade and the 158th FieldArtillery in 1918.

Ashburnbecame chairman of the advisory board of the Inland WaterwaysCorporation was made a brigadier general in 1924. In 1927, he becamea major general. In 1938, he retired from the army, but remained withthe Inland Waterways Corporation until 1939.

Geo.F. Baltzell Florida

George Franklin, colonel, hiscomplete service record is online and it is very extensive--justGoogle his name. He was eventually commanding officer of the 22ndInfantry Regiment from 1925 to 1928 and 1934 to 1937. He was in Cuba,the Philippines and Canal Zone prior to WW1, where he eventually wentto France with the 42nd Division of the National Guard AEF. Afterthe war he went to Ft. Benning as the Chief Executive of the infantryschool there. His final rank was Colonel.

WarrenS. Barlow New York

Warren Sumner Barlow retired asa Captain in the 26th Infantry in 1905 "for disabilitycontracted in line of duty" and eventually became a professor ofmilitary science and tactics at the New Mexico Military Institute. His final rank is listed as Major in 1917.

HarryGore Bishop Indiana

MajorGeneral asChief of Field Artillery

"Onthe entry of the United States into World War I, Bishop was promotedto Brigadier General. Serving in France, he commanded the 159th FieldArtillery Brigade and later the 3rd Artillery Brigade. He receivedthe DistinguishedService Medaland the FrenchLégion d'honneurfor his service." "In 1930, Bishop was promoted to MajorGeneral and made Chief of Artillery, subordinate only to the Chief ofStaff of the United States Army, and relocated to Washington, D.C." Forced to retire due to illness he committed suicide. "He isburied in Arlington"

SamF. Bottoms Texas

SamFrank, Colonel in the Artillery Corps served on the front ascommander of the 346th and 348th Field Artillery during WW1. Wasalso a part of the occupation forces in Germany after the war.

AlbertJ. Bowley California

AlbertJesse, LieutenantGeneral

Anextensive history online but here are some excerpts: "aLieutenant General (3star!)in the United States Army. He was the son of First Lieutenant FreemanS. Bowley, who served in the Civil War with the 30th United StatesColored Infantry. During World War I, Bowley successively commandedthe 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade, andVI Corps Artillery, attaining the rank of brigadier general in 1918,and receiving the DistinguishedService Medal. Hewas promoted to lieutenant general on August 5, 1939 when the fourArmy commanders were temporarily promoted to the reestablished gradeand title of lieutenant general."

JamesF. Brady New York

JamesFrancis, served in the Philippines and Cuba, achieved final rank ofColonel in the Coastal Artillery Corps.

CharlesH. Bridges Illinois

CharlesHigbee, MajorGeneral

inthe United States Army served as AdjutantGeneral of the U.S. Armyfrom 1928 to 1933. The Adjutant General is the chief administrativeofficer for the US Army. He was awarded the DistinguishedService Medal.

M.C. Buckey District of Columbia

MervynChandos, Colonel, Field Artillery, National. Army, 1917; LieutenantColonel, C.A.C., 1917. Colonel, 1920; awarded DistinguishedService Medal., Commander Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus(Italy), Commander Crown of Italy, War Cross of Czecho Slovacia, ofItaly, Silver Medal of Montenegro, Commander, Danilo. First ServiceMedals for Spanish-American War, Porto Rico, Philippine Insurrection,World War, Station Army. Commander, Order Solaridad (Panama).

Rod.L. Carmichael South Carolina

RoderickLeland,Major General

commandedthe 336th Field Artillery during WW1 and was Chiefof Finance, US Army1928 through his retirement in 1932. He is buried in Arlington.

SherwoodA. Cheney Connecticut

SherwoodAlfred, BrigadierGeneral

Corpsof Engineers, served in the Philippines and commanded the 110thengineers during WW1, becoming assistant to the Chief Engineer forthe AEF at the end of the war. He achieved the Brigadier Generalrank as DeputyChief Engineer and Director of the Army Transport Serviceafter the war. He again achieved this rank as commander of severalposts prior to his retirement in 1937. Awarded the DistinguishedService Medal and Croix de Guerre.

SeabornG. Chiles Florida

Seaborn Green(yes, Seaborn Greenlove the name), "Seab" Chiles served with the 11th infantrynearly from graduation until his death. Assignments includedengagements in Porto Rico, the Philippines and Cuba. In 1908 he wastaken with illness and died suddenly.

HaroldE. Cloke New Jersey

Harold Edward, commanded the330th Field Artillery and the 160th Field Artillery Brigade, 85thDivision, during WW1. Also listed as involved in the SpanishAmerican War, his final rank was Colonel.

EdgarT. Collins Pennsylvania

EdgarThomas, MajorGeneral

Inthe Spanish-American war he fought with the 1st Brigade in thebattlesof El Caney and San Juan Hill and during the siege of Santiago.He went to France in 1917 as an observer on the British and Frenchfronts and returned in 1918 to become Chiefof Staff, 85th Division,where he played a prominent part in the operations of the St.Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives. Later Collins rose to the post of Chiefof Staff, 6th Corps,and was awarded the DistinguishedService Medal. Following the war, staff and infantry instructor assignments led tohis commanding the Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1926. Retired asAssistant Chief of Staff of the Armyin 1932 he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Hisboss General Douglas MacArthur was one of the pall bearers at hisfuneral.

ArthurS. Conklin New York

ArthurStewart, BrigadierGeneral

commanded the 303rd FieldArtillery during WW1 and was present at the engagements atSt. Mihiel and Meusse-Argonne with the 1st Army, and later withthe 2nd Army on the Woevre front until the Armistice. Hisrecord ends in 1919 in New York, but it is noted that he progressedthrough the ranks to achieve Brigadier General, and was buried inArlington with full military honors.

EdgarT. Conley Maryland

EdgarThomas, MajorGeneral

AdjutantGeneral of the Army from1935 to 1938. It is interested to note that his classmate CharlesBridges was previously in this position as noted above. He wasawarded the SilverStar medal“for gallantry in action against Spanish forces at Santiago”;DistinguishedService Medal “forexceptionally meritorious and distinguished services AmericanExpeditionary Force” Episcopalian. Served in Santiago Campaign inCuba, 1898. His son Edgar Thomas Conley, Jr. was also a graduate ofWest Point, became a Brigadier General and received the DistinguishedService Medal for actions during the Korean War.

WilliamD. Connor Iowa

WilliamDurwood, MajorGeneral

graduated1st in this class and was superintendentof West Point from1932 until 1938. Served in the Spanish American War and thePhilippines where he was awarded a SilverStar. He was appointed DeputyChief of Staff for the AEF whenthe United States entered WW1. In July 1918, he was promotedto brigadier general, and given command of the 63rd Brigade, 32ndInfantry Division.At the Battleof Château-Thierry,he was awarded a secondSilver Star. For his World War I service, he was awarded the DistinguishedService Medal. He also received the Orderof the Bathfrom Britain and from France, he received the Croixde guerre andwas named a Commanderof the Legion of Honour.After the war he served as CommandingGeneral of American forces in Franceuntil 1920. Returning to the United States, Connor served as theChiefof Transportation Service in1921, DeputyChief of Staff,US Army, in 1922 and CommandingGeneral of US Army forces in China,1923 to 1926. He was promoted to major general in 1925, serving ascommanderof the 2nd Infantry Divisionuntil 1927, and as Commandantof the Army War Collegeuntil 1932. He retired but later was recalled during WW2. He isburied at West Point.

ClarenceR. Day Kentucky (the original owner)

Clarence Richmond, achievedhighest rank of Colonel with the Aviation Section of the Signal Corpsin charge of air service, service and supplies at Tours, Franceduring WW1, later being assigned as a representative of Air Serviceat General headquarters. Early career was with 5th Cavalry in Hawaiiand was later transferred to 4th Cavalry in 1915 just before the war.

H.M Dichmann Wisconsin

HenryMagdeburg, last rank of Colonel in charge of 75th infantry at CampLewis, Washington. Had several stints with different infantry unitsincluded the 26th, 24th, 8th, 31st and finally the 63rd as a Lt.Colonel during the War. No WW1 service as he had a couple of lengthyhospital stays during this period.

HalsteadDorey Missouri


commander,2nd Infantry (Pacific command) 1934-1935. Decorated with the DistinguishedService Cross andDistinguishedService Medal (UnitedStates); OfficerLegion of Honorand Croixde Guerre (French);PurpleHeartand SilverStar (UnitedStates, each 3oak leaf clusters). He served much of his career with the 4th Infantry in the Santiagocampaignand the Philippine Insurrection as a junior officer, and later ascommanding officer in World War I.

TheDistinguished Service Cross: When his men had become almost exhaustedby twelve days of continuous fighting against stubborn resistance andhad suffered heavy casualties, Colonel Dorey, himself suffering froma painful wound, went forward from his post of command through aheavy enemy barrage to the front line, where he reorganized hisforces and directed the attacking units for two days until he wasagain severely wounded. His conspicuous bravery inspired his troopsto the successful assault of a strongly fortified ravine and woods,which were of vital importance, and resulted in the capture ofnumerous prisoners and important material.

TheDistinguished Service Medal: He commanded with distinction the 4thInfantry, 3d Division, during the battle of the Marne, theadvance from the Marne to the Ourcq and in the St. Mihiel andArgonne-Meuse offensives. It was his regiment that led theadvance to the Ourcq, capturing Chamel, Charmel-Chateau, VillardelleFerme and Rhoncheres. The successes attained by his command weregreatly influenced by the high qualities of leadership he continuallydisplayed in all these operations.

Heserved as aide to Generals Hall, Ludlow, and Leonard Wood after thewar in the Philippines and eventually took commandof the Hawaiian division (Pacific Commander) fromwhich he retired.

WilliamM Fassett New Hampshire

WilliamMason, BrigadierGeneral

servedin the Spanish–American War, Philippine–American War, and WorldWar I, and he received the DistinguishedService Medal amongseveral other awards. Fasset served in the Spanish–American War inSantiago de Cuba, and he earned a SilverStar inthat conflict. He then participated in the Philippine–American War.After serving in various positions in the United States, Fassetbecame the Chiefof Staff of the 31st Infantry Division.After his promotion to the rank of brigadier general on October 1,1918, Fasset assumed commandof the 37th Infantry Brigade of the American Expeditionary Forces. Inaddition to receiving the Distinguished Service Medal for hisperformance, Belgiumawarded him the Croix de Guerreand France awarded him the Legionof Honour. He retired at his permanent rank of Colonel in 1924, but Congressrestored his rank to Brigadier General in 1930.

HarleyB. Ferguson North Carolina

HarlyBascom, Major General

servedin several conflicts including the Spanish–American War and WorldWar I, and he received the DistinguishedService Medal. After serving in Cuba during the Spanish–American War, Fergusonparticipated in the Philippine–American War starting in 1899. Heserved as ChiefEngineer during the China Relief Expeditionin 1900. During World War I in France, between September 12, 1917,and June 16, 1918, Ferguson commandedthe 105th Engineers, and he served as the Second Corps Engineerfrom June 17, 1918, to October 3, 1918. He was promoted to the rankof brigadier general on August 8, 1918. Ferguson was promoted tomajor general on December 3, 1934, and he retired from the army in1939, though he was recalled to active duty in 1942.

HaroldB. Fiske Oregon

HaroldBenjamin, MajorGeneral

servedin several conflicts including World War I, and he received theDistinguishedService Medaland numerous other awards. Fiske served in the Spanish–AmericanWar and later in the Philippine–American War, earning a SilverStarin the latter conflict. He participated in the United Statesoccupation of Veracruz in 1914. Fiske was promoted to the rank ofbrigadier general on June 26, 1918, and he served as the assistantChief of Staff for training at the general headquarters of theAmerican Expeditionary Forces,receiving the Distinguished Service Medal for his efforts in thatposition. He participated in several World War I battles, includingthe Battleof Saint-Mihiel, the Second Battle of the Marne, and theMeuse-Argonne Offensive.Fiske received several awards from foreign countries, including theCroixde Guerre and the Legion of Honour from France,the Orderof Leopold fromBelgium, and the Order of the Crownof Italy. He was promoted to major general on August 1, 1933.

T.T. Frissell Missouri

Thomas Taylor, last rank showsas Captain with the 24th Infantry in the Philippines in 1908. Thereis a document showing him as acting Quartermaster at Fort Rosecrans,California in 1917. He signs as a Captain, USA, Ret'd DisbursingOfficer so possibly recalled for WW1. There is also a reference to aMajor Thomas T. Frissell , Ret. as a recruiting officer in SanFrancisco in 1924

B.C. Gilbert New Mexico

Charles Bertram, changed name toBertram Charles Gilbert before graduating. Retired as a Captain in1911 in the Artillery Corps. Severed in Cuba and the Philippines,and also a 4 year stint as an instructor at the academy early in hiscareer.

C.G. Hall North Carolina

Chalmers Gaither, as a Captainduring WW1 served as commanding officer of the 4th Motor Mechanicsregiment, Romaratin, France and then with the Air Service ProductionCenter. Then to London after the war as Chief of Production forthe Night Bombardment Section, and finally to Washington in theOffice of the Director of Air Service.

M.Elting Hanna Ohio

Matthew,was United States "minister"to both Guatemala and Nicaragua towardsthe end of his career. United States Cavalry, 1897- 1913.Participated in battles and siegeof Santiago,Cuba, 1898. Recommended for brevet for gallantry. Aidede camp to General Leonard Wood. MilitaryGovernor of Cuba,1898-1902. Createdand administered Public School System of Cuba,1900-1902. Military Attache, American Legation, Habana, 1902-1904. Instructor., Army Staff College, 1907-1909. SpecialAgent of United States Government, in Panama, 1909. General Staff,United States Army, 1910-1912. Special Representative of UnitedStates Army at German Imperial Maneuvers, 1911.Inspector General, Massachusetts Militia, 1912-1914. Served inEmbassies in Mexico, 1917-1921. Berlin, 1924-1925; Chiefof Division., Department of State, 1921-1924. Inspectorof Legations and Embassies, 1926-1927. Secretary, InternationalConference of American States, Havana, 1928. Counselor of Embassy,Lima, 1928-1929. AppointedMinister to Nicaragua, since 1929. (later to Guatemala in 1933).Author of Tactical Principles and Problems, 1909. Highest rank shownwas Lieutenant.

RoyB. Harper Illinois

RoyBeveridge, Second Lieutenant, 1897, to Colonel, 1924. Served inCavalry Field Artillery, Commissary Department, Quartermaster Corps,Adj. General’s. Department Two citations for gallantry in actionduring operations of China Relief Expedition, 1900.

Servicemedals, Spanish War. Service (1898), Cuban Occupation (1899) both 7thCavalry, and China Campaign (1900) with the 7th or 3rd Cavalry(likely still 7th, records are conflicted. China battles include theBattle of Yangstun, Battle of Pekin, the Taking of the ImperialCity and the Expedition against the Pa-ta-Chow Temples.Philippine Campaign (1901) 3rd Cavalry. Mexican Campaign (1916).World War (1917). No detailed record found for these threeCampaigns.

G.W. Helms Virginia

George Willis, achieved rank ofColonel in the 12th? infantry ultimately. Early service in thePhilippines with the 1st and 19th infantry. WW1 Service shows asbeing with the 19th infantry Signal Corps, with highest rank as acolonel which became permanent in 1921. No record found of anyservice with the 12th. Also received the Daughters of theConfederacy Cross of Military Service for WW1 so he was a directdescendant of a confederate soldier. He is buried in Arlington.

JohnH. Hughes New York

JohnHendricken, MajorGeneral

CommandingGeneral of the PhilippineDivision in 1937,and then appointed CommandingGeneral of the PhilippineDepartment in 1940.He retired, but was recalled back in to service from 1941 to 1945 forWW2. He was awarded the DistinguishedService Medalfor actions during WW1. He is buried in Arlington.


1917-08-05 Lieutenant-Colonel(Temporary)

1918-01-26 Colonel(Temporary)

1919-08-31 Revertedto Major

1920-06-29 Lieutenant-Colonel

1920-07-01 Colonel

1931-10-01 Brigadier-General

1936-10-01 Major-General


1917-09-25 – 1917-12-07 CampInspector, Camp Sherman, Ohio

1918-01-XX – 1919-07-XX Attachedto Office Inspector-General, Services of Supply [France]

1919-08-XX – 1920-06-20 Attendingthe School of the Line

1920-06-XX – 1921-06-XX Attendingthe General Staff School

1921-06-XX – 1922-08-XX Instructorat General Service Schools

1922-09-XX – 1925-09-30 ExecutiveOfficer, Office of the Chief of Infantry

1925-10-01 – 1925-12-15 Attendinga Refresher Course, Infantry School

1925-12-16 – 1927-09-30 CommandingOfficer 26th Infantry Regiment

1927-10-01 – 1931-07-05 Chiefof Staff, 1st Corps Area

1931-07-06 – 1931-10-01 CommandingOfficer 18th Infantry Regiment

1931-10-01 – 1933-07-05 CommandingOfficer 14th Brigade

1933-07-06 – 1937-04-15 AssistantChief of Staff (G-3)

1937-07-03 – 1938-02-25 CommandingGeneral Philippine Division

1938-02-26 – 1939-07-24 CommandingGeneral Philippine Department

1940-02-09 – 1940-02-29 TemporaryCommanding General 2nd Corps Area

1940-02-29 Retired

1941-09-26 Recalled

1941-09-26 – 1942-02-22 Memberof Board of Officers to Recommend Removal or Retention of Officers onActive List, Regular Army

1942-02-23 – 1942-11-02 Memberof War Department Personnel Board

1942-11-03 – 1945-02-01 Memberof the Secretary of War's Personnel Board

1945-02-01 Retired

FrederickE. Johnston Iowa

Frederick Edgar, last shown ashonorably discharged as a temporary Colonel after WW1 in 1918 asActing Artillery Brigade Commander for the 327th Regiment, 159thField Artillery Brigade, 84th Division in the Coastal ArtilleryCorps. There is an entry after this referring to Corregidor in thePhilippines.

B.M. Koehler Nebraska

Benjamin Martin, last assignmentas Major in the CAC in 1914, shows an arrest and him without command,and then a dismissal. Served in the Philippines early in his careerwith specific engagement of the Taking of Tobaco. Per GO 48 in 1914,he was discharged for "conduct unbecoming and officer and agentleman" and "Conduct to the prejudice of good order andmilitary discipline".

R.E. Longan Missouri

RufusEstes, BrigadierGeneral

Hisepitaph on his tombstone indicates that he was on the initial G.S.C.list (British General Service Cross?), and was awarded the NavyCrossand the DistinguishedService Medal. Was involved in the Spanish America war, the Philippine Insurrectionand WW1 in France. Both US medals were for his work at the Port ofEmbarkation in Hoboken, New Jersey during WW1.

W.H. McCornack Illinois

WillardHerman, Colonel served in Cuba, the Philippines and was in thePunitive Expedition in to Mexico. He was with the AEF at ChateauThierry in France in 1918, and was with the AmericanMission to negotiate peace in 1919. Also wasSuperintendentof Yosemite National Parkfor a brief period in 1904.

FrankRoss McCoy Pennsylvania


Heserved in the Philippines, during World War I, and led an Americanrelief mission to Tokyo after the 1923 earthquake. He served on thewestern front in Cuba, in the Philippines, and in the Santiagocampaign. He was involved with the Battle of San Juan Hill. In Cubaand in the Philippines, he acted as aideto General Wood and was for several years aide to President Rooseveltafterhis promotion to Major General. In 1911, he was appointeda member of the General Staff,and in 1917, became a memberof the General Staff of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe,where he commandedthe 165th Infantry Regiment in1918. He wrote Principles of Military Training (1917). From 1918 to1919, he was Directorof Transportation in the American Expeditionary Force.In 1919, he served as chief of staff in the American military missionto Armenia. He leda relief mission to Tokyo after the 1923 earthquake.From 1926 to 1929, he commandedthe 3rd Infantry Brigade and the 1st Field Artillery Brigade. From1932 to 1933, he servedon the Lytton Commission investigating the Japanese military invasionand occupation of Manchuria. He retired on October 31, 1938, but was recalled between 1941 and1942 to serveon the famous Roberts Commission, which was apresidentially-appointed commission headed by Supreme Court JusticeOwen Roberts and formed in December 1941, shortly after the attack onPearl Harbor by the Japanese, to investigate and report the factsrelating to the attack.After the war, he became the chairmanof the Far Eastern Commission, an international body created todetermine the fate of postwar Japan.He received the Army DistinguishedService Medal andtwoSilver Stars. Commandsheld include VII Corps, Second Army and II Corps.Hisbirthplace, the McCoy House, was added to the National Register ofHistoric Places in 1973 and his papers are held by the Library ofCongress. He is buried in Arlington.

ClaudeH. Miller Virginia

ClaudeHamilton, MajorGeneral

Receivedthe DistinguishedService Crossfor actions in the Philippines. "The President of the UnitedStates of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takespleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to FirstLieutenant (Infantry) Claude Hamilton Miller, United States Army, forextraordinary heroism while serving with 24th Infantry, in action atNaguilian, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 7 December 1899. When thecommand of which he was a member was held up in the crossing of theRio Grande de Cagayan by rifle fire of a well-entrenched enemy, andbeing without boats or rafts with which to cross, Lieutenant Millerhastily constructed a raft made of bamboo, strips of shelter tents,and personal equipment, an on this flimsy affair with two soldiersvolunteered to cross the river. Displaying great gallantry and withutter disregard for his own safety Lieutenant Miller crossed theriver in the face of heavy rifle fire and took part in an attackwhich drove the enemy from the trenches and the town occupied bythem, thereby making possible the further advance of the command." Was with the Punitive Expedition before WW1. Served with theInspector General in France at Bordeaux and Tours as a Colonel. Service on this record ends there but he was eventually promoted toMajor General.

LawrenceS. Miller Vermont

LawrenceSprague, Colonel commandedthe 306th Field Artillery in France in1918. He is buried in Arlington.

SethM. Milliken Maine

SethMellen, sonof the founder of Deering-Milliken andof the same name. The Milliken family was #67of the Forbes list of America's richest families in 2015 butfell of the list in 2016. It's Presidentand CEO Roger Milliken waspolitically active and knownas the Godfather of the American conservative movementuntil his death in 2010. Seth (Jr. I presume) had a brief stint withthe Army after graduating but went to work with his father atDeering-Milliken in New York in 1900.

Geo.E. Mitchell Michigan

GeorgeEdward, Colonel served in the Philippines and the Punitive Expeditionin to Mexico, in France with the GeneralStaff AEF Headquarters Chaumont,France in 1917 to 1918 and then to Washington with the WarPlans Division,retired 1923. Awarded OfficerLegion of Honor,is buried in Arlington.

JohnK. Moore Ohio

JohnKirkpatrick, served in Cuba, with the China Relief Expedition and inthe Philippines, achieving the rank of Captain before passing awaydue to an illness in 1908.

HenryS. Morgan Georgia

HenrySims, died a young hero trying to save sailors from a wrecked ship ofthe coast of Savannah, Georgia, where he was in charge of hastilybuilding a Fort for defense of the coast during the Spanish Americanwar in 1899. Being from Valdosta and a member of the Army footballteam,many from there believe he may be Valdosta's first football player. The defense he built is a tourist attraction and the Fortificationwas renamed after him in his Honor in 2006. It took them 8 years to find his body. There is a great article onhim on the Valdosta Times website and he has become somewhat of alocal legend. Apparently the cadets commissioned a plaque for him atWest Point some time after the accident but I am not sure if it isstill there.

AndrewMoses Texas

MajorGeneral, Pacific Commander of the Army, Asst. Chief of Staff WarDepartment. Received the Distinguished Service Cross.

Commissionedas Second Lieutenant, Infantry, June 11, 1897, Second Lieutenant ofArtillery, March 8, 1898, and advanced through the grades to Colonel,July 1, 1920, and to Brigadier General, September 19, 1929, and thento Major General, December 1, 1935.He served as a memberof the General Staff,November 14, 1914-August 16, 1917; as Brigadier General (temporary),June 26, 1918-March 15, 1920; Commander,156th Brigade of Field Artillery, 81st Division in the United Statesand in France.He was Chairman, Joint Board for Re-delivery of Troop Transports,1919-20; Commandant of Cadets, Agricultural and Mechanical School,College Station, Texas, 1907-11, also National Guard and organizedreserves duty in various states; Director, Army War College, 1921-23,1928-29; Commanding Coast and Antiaircraft Artillery Defenses, PanamaCanal, 1930-31; AssistantChief of Staff, War Dept,October 8, 1931-October 7, 1935; on duty Army Group, Washington,D.C., October 8, 1935-February 6, 1936;

Commandingthe Hawaiian Divisionand Schofield Barracks, March 11, 1936-July 30, 1937; Commandingthe Hawaiian Department,1937-38; retired June 30, 1938. Buried with full military honors inArlington National Cemetery.

Jas.N. Munro Minnesota

JamesNoble, his 1929 obituary reads "Col. J. M. Munro, retired,former chiefof staff of the 88th divisionreserve officers, died early Tuesday morning, Oct. 22, at his homenear Frontenac. Born in Lake City Oct. 7, 1870, he was educatedthere and after attending the University of Minnesota for three yearsreceived a West Point appointment. Upon being graduated from theacademy and commissioned, he served in the service of his country onthe southern and western frontiers and in the Philippine islandsuntil 1922, when he was appointed chief of staff of the 88thdivision. He was retired in 1925 and had lived near Frontenac since."

PierceA. Murphy Washington

PierceAmbrose, Colonel and Chiefof Staff of the 83rd division atthe time of his untimely death at age 53. Served in the Philippines,on the border with Mexico prior to WW1. During WW1 was with the 1stDivision commanding the horse section of the ammunition train,then with the 42nddivision as Inspector and commanding trains,then commandingthe 140th Infantry, 35th division,then commandingthe 326th Infantry, 82nd divisionafter the armistice. He is buried in Arlington.

WillardD. Newbill Virginia

WillardDouglas, Colonel. Field Artillery, 1917. Spanish War, 1898.Philippine Insurrection, 1899-1901. World War American ExpeditionaryForces Commanding3rd Field Artillery, 6th Division. in France,1918-1919. Retired. 1922, after 25 years of service. Assistant Ad.it.General, Virginia., since 1926.

J.C. Oakes New York

JohnCalvin, Colonel, Corps of Engineers, served in the Philippines andWW1, primarily on construction projects related both during and afterthe war. Theextent of the projects he worked on is quite lengthy and although notglamorous he probably deserves a lot more attention for his work.Graduated second inthis class. Buried in Arlington.

WinfieldS. Overton New York

WinfieldScott, Jr., Major, Field Artillery, Commissioned Additional SecondLieutenant, 1st United States Artillery, 11 June 1897 SecondLieutenant, 3rd United States Artillery, 8 March 1898 FirstLieutenant, 7th United States Artillery, 15 March 1899 ArtilleryCorps, 2 February 1901 Captain, 22 August 1901 Major Overton died 26 April 1946 and was buried with full military honors in Section 2of Arlington National Cemetery. Retiredfrom wounds received in action in1908 but was recalled as an instructor in 1917 and taughtcadets at Harvard, Yale and Cal Berkley. There is a film of him online from the library of Congress of him asa young Lieutenant escortingPresident McKinley onhorseback with several Generals in the lead and cadets from the USMAbehind them. They do not identify him but do caption the film clip.

Earle(or Earl) D'Arcey Pearce Georgia

Colonel,there is a reference to him as a commandantat Georgia Tech in 1928 andearlier in 1921 at the University of Washington as a professor ofmilitary tactics. He is buried in Arlington.

FredA. Pearce Arkansas

Frederick Anderson, Lt., diedvery young in 1899 in Manila "by his own hand". Not sureif this was accidental or possibly a suicide. He is buried inArlington.

FrancisH. Pope (Kansas/At Large)

FrancisHorton, BrigadierGeneral,awarded DistinguishedService Medal

asa Colonel in WW1 with the Motor Transport Corps, AmericanExpeditionary Forces for "exceptionally meritorious anddistinguished services to the Government of the United States, in aduty of great responsibility during World War I. As Chiefof the Motor Transport Service, American Expeditionary Forces,Colonel Pope developed a national organization for the operation andmaintenance of the motor transport of American Expeditionary Forces,and as DeputyChief, Motor Transport Corps,American Expeditionary Forces, was largely instrumental in furtherdeveloping and applying this organization, thereby renderingexceptionally meritorious and distinguished service to the UnitedStates." Additional Second Lieutenant, 2nd U. S. Cavalry, 11June 1897 Second Lieutenant, 19 June 1897 First Lieutenant, 2February 1901 Captain, 15th U. S. Cavalry, 4 April 1903 1918 Directorof the Division of Motor Transport Service, American ExpeditionaryForce, Western Front 1918- 1919 DeputyDirector of Motor Transport Corps, American Expeditionary Force,Western Front 1927 - 1931 AssistantQuartermaster General of the Army 1940Retired 1941 Recalled 1943 Retired. Buried in Arlington. Served inthe Philippines, with the Punitive Mexican operation, and became theDirector of Motor Transport Service, under the Chief of Utilities forthe AEF in France towards the end of the war. Shown as assistantChief of Motor Transports Service in Washington in 1919. Hisfather was Major General John Pope, USMA Class of 1842, best knownfor his defeat by General Lee at Manassas in the second Battle ofBull run. And John'sfather was prominent politician and Jurist Nathaniel Pope ofIllinois, with Nathaniel's father being Lt. Colonel William Pope ofthe Revolutionary War who later founded Louisville.

JohnC. Raymond Pennsylvania

Captain,died in an incident with a subordinate soldier in 1909. His bio witha large profile picture and detailed description of this event can befound the USMA Annual Report for 1908 on google book search. Believed to be theyoungest commanding officer at the battle of San Juan Hill andSantiago. Served two tours in the Philippines. His father was BrigadierGeneral Charles W. Raymond class of 1865 and his brother Robert R.was class of 1893.

C.D. Roberts Wyoming

CharlesDuval, BrigadierGeneral, MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT plus

"ThePresident of the United States of America, in the name of Congress,takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Second Lieutenant(Infantry) Charles Duval Roberts, United States Army, forextraordinary heroism on 1 July 1898, while serving with 17th U.S.Infantry, in action at El Caney, Cuba. Second Lieutenant Robertsgallantly assisted in the rescue of the wounded from in front of thelines under heavy fire of the enemy." Born at Cheyenne Agency,South Dakota on June 18, 1873. He graduated from West Point in 1897and with honors from the Army School of the Line, 1912, Army StaffCollege, 1913, Army War College, 1920. Commissioned SecondLieutenant, Infantry, June 11, 1897 and advanced through the gradesto Brigadier General February 29, 1929. He retired from active dutyon June 18, 1937. During his career he was awarded the Medalof Honor, Croix de Guerre (France), Officer of the Order of Leopold(Belgium).During World War I he served as Chiefof Staff for the 81st Division,and earned the DistinguishedService Medal. He died on October 24, 1966 at Silver Spring, Maryland, and wasburied with full military honors in Section 2 of Arlington NationalCemetery.

T.A. Roberts Illinois

ThomasArnett, Sr., Colonel,DistinguishedService Medal, Silver Star, Purple Heart.Spanish American War and WW1 Service. Buried at Ft. Sam HoustonNational Cemetery. Hisson Thomas Arnett, Jr.,was also a graduate of USMA 1920 and was KIAwhile commanding the artillery of the 2nd Armored division in theBattle of Normandy. His son is buried in the Brittany AmericanCemetery in Normandie, France.

EdwardA. Roche Rhode Island (+Wyoming)

Edward Anthony, Colonel,"WASHINGTON, March 29, 1941 – The death here yesterday ofColonel A. Roche, USA, retired, in Emergency Hospital was announcedby the War Department today. He was 67 years old. Colonel Roche wasgraduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NewYork, in 1897. He retired as a Major in April 1920, but was recalledto active duty in the same year for a few months, and then promotedto the rank of Colonel."

E.O. Sarratt South Carolina

EdwinOliver, Colonel, appointed additional 2ndlt., 3rd U. S. ArtilleryRgt. Feb. 10, 1898 2ndIt. March 2, 1899 1stlt., 6th U. S. ArtilleryRgt. Philippine Insurrection; March 2, 1900 transferred to 4th U. S.Artillery Rgt. 1900-1902 math instructor at West Point; Feb. 2, 1901transferred to Artillery Corps; Aug. 1, 1901 capt. 1916-1917commanded Ft. Sherman in Canal Zone; col. World War I--fieldartillery regimental commander with American Expeditionary Force;1919 coast artillery commander at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y. 1920 retiredfor disability; July 16, 1941 died at San Antonio, Texas

FrankM. Savage Alabama

FrankMarion, Captain, two tours of the Philippines with several listedengagements, China Relief Expedition, mostly with the 15th Infantry. Unfortunately Was arrested and dismissed in 1914 per General Order49 as he was found "being commanding officerof aprovisional battalion of two (2) companies of the 15th Infantry, wasin uniform in a public place in a helplessly drunken condition, tothe scandal and disgrace of the service."

EdgarA. Sirmeyer Michigan

EdgarAlexander, Colonel, C. Addl. Second Lieutenant, Sixth Cavalry, 1897.Temporary Lieutenant Colonel Cavalry, 1917. Temporary Colonel,1918-1920. Colonel of Cavalry, 1920. War Department Citations forGallantryin action at Battle of Santiago,Cuba, 1898 and Philippine Islands, 1899. General Staff Eligible List. Prof, of Military Science and Tactics, Clemson College, SouthCarolina. 1902-1904; Commanded79 Field Artillery 7 Division.in France, 1918-1919.

HenryC. Smither (Indian Territories/At Large)

HenryCarpenter, BrigadierGeneral, Army Football Coach in 1906 to 1907 (7-2-1), DistinguishedService Medal, 2 Silver Stars, Legion of Honor

Beloware just smallexcerptsfrom his lengthy and glowing testimony from colleagues about hisservice in the Army:

"BrigadierGeneral Henry Carpenter Smither was born at Fort Sill, Oklahoma (thenIndian Territory) on July 28, 1873, the son of Major Robert G.Smither, 10th Cavalry and Mary Smither. His father, a veteran cavalryofficer of the Civil War and Indian campaigns"

"Accustomedfrom childhood to a vigorous, outdoor life, Smither developed a greatfondness for athletics, particularly football, in which he was toprove his prowess later on as aprominent member of the Army teams of his cadet days."..."After the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, in April 1898,he accompanied the 1st Cavalry to Cuba and served throughout thecampaign that resulted in the surrender of Santiago. He participatedwith his regiment in the engagements at Las Guasimas and San Juan;was cited for gallantryin action ineach and served for a time as engineerofficer on the Staff of General Leonard Wood."..."From August 21, 1900 to August 13, 1904, Smither was on duty asan instructor in the Department of Drawing at West Point and alsorendered valuable services to the Academy's football interests duringthose years by his work as a coach.He was promoted to first lieutenant on February 2, 1901 and to thegrade of captain on June 6, 1903. On the expiration of his tour ofduty at West Point, he joined and assumed command of his troop, D ofthe 15th Cavalry, at Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont. In the autumn of1906, this regiment (less one squadron) was ordered to Cuba as one ofthe units of the Army of Cuban Pacification. Smither served with the15th Cavalry during its tour of duty in Cuba, returned with theregiment to the United States in February 1909 and was stationed withhis troops at Fort Myer, Virginia, until December 3, 1912. On thatdate, he was detailed in the Quartermaster Corps and remained on thatduty until March 18, 1913, when he was detailed to the General Staffand ordered to Washington."

"Heserved on the GeneralStaff in Washington untilOctober 1915. Then, being due for another tour of foreign service, hewas relieved and assigned to the 9th Cavalry at Douglas, Arizona,that regiment having been ordered to the Philippines. He accompaniedthe regiment to the Islands and served with it as a troop commanderat Camp Stotsenburg until notification was received of his promotionto the grade of major to rank as such from January 30, 1917. Soonafter the United States entered the War, cabled orders began toarrive in the Philippines for the return of certain officers andorganizations to the home land. Among the organizations ordered homewas Smither’s old regiment, the 15th Cavalry, which had beenstationed at Fort William McKinley, near Manila, since November 1915.Early in September, he was ordered to return to the United Stateswith this regiment. On joining, he was assigned to the command of the2d Squadron and sailed from Manila with the regiment on September15th. On his arrival at San Francisco, October 8th, he found awaitinghim a commission as colonel, Signal Corps and orders which directedhim to proceed at once to Washington, prepared for immediate servicewith the American Expeditionary Force (A.E.F.).

Onhis arrival in France, in November 1917, he was assigned to theTraining Section of the Air Service with station in Paris, but a fewweeks later was detailed as amember of the General Staff, A.E.F. and ordered to duty at G.H.Q.When, under the provisions of General Orders 31, G.H.Q., A.E.F.,dated February 4, 1918, the great supply organization, known as theServices of Supply (S.0.S.) came into existence as successor to theold organization, known as the Line of Communications (L.0.C.),Smithers was designated as AssistantChief of Staff, G-4, at Headquarters S.0.S., located at Tours."

"Onhis return to the United States, in February 1919, Smither wasassigned to duty as Assistant Director in the Purchase, Storage andTraffic Division, General Staff, Washington, D.C. On July 1, 1920, hewas promoted to the grade of colonel of cavalry in the permanentestablishment and on August 20th, was detailed on general staff dutywith troops and assigned to duty as Chiefof Staff of the 3rd Divisionat Camp Pike, Arkansas.

InJune 1921, on the recommendation of General Dawes, Smither wasdetailed by the President to fillthe newly created office of Chief Coordinator, under the supervisionof the Bureau of the Budget, an office that he occupied withdistinction for the remainder of his active duty career."

"OnJune 18, 1925, Smither was appointed to the grade of brigadiergeneral."

"Duringthe course of his active duty career, Smither received the followingdecorations: For gallantry in action at Las Guasimas and Santiago,Cuba, he was awarded twoSilver Star citations.For his exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services with theAmerican Expeditionary Forces, he was awarded the DistinguishedService Medal, the French Legion of Honor (Officer) and thePanamanian Order of La Solidaridad (2d Class)." Buried at West Point.

WilliamS. Valentine Texas (maybe thegrouppicture is for him)

William Stanley, Colonel servedin the Philippines (13th Cavalry) and the excursion in to Mexico(10th Cavalry), then to Washington during WW1 with the QuartermasterCorps in the office of the Adjutant General and later at the WarCollege, then to the Port of Embarkation, Hoboken, New Jersey afterthe end of the War where his service record ends. There is referenceto him at the War Department in 1920 in the office of the Chief ofStaff for the Department of Appraisers. He is buried at West Point.

LymanM. Welch California

LymanMowry, Captain, went to the Philippines twice, became sick both times(probably Malaria) and sent home, retired in 1906 with disability.

LouisC. Wolf Wisconsin

LouisCasper, 1st Lt., ranked3rd in class,retired with disability in 1901, then died in 1903 at age 30.

JohnG. Workizer Missouri

JohnGirardin, Major, Coastal Artillery Corps, died June 24th, 1918 at theage of 43. Was with the 4th and then 2nd infantry early in his careerand served in Cuba and two tours to the Philippines. He is buried inArlington.


Thereare 28 photos in the front without names of what I have found to beMilitary staff and Faculty after the first four pictures the twoPresidents of that year (election year), the commander of the Armyand the Commandant of the Academy. They appear to be ordered by rankand/or age and tenure at the time of the publicationof the yearbookbut the order below comes from the USMA registry as published by themin 1897 and that publication is ordered by department. I assume mostif not all of the pictures are from the Military Staff and departmentheads so I have tried to identify them as best I can but three remainunidentified (#11, 24 and 28). The full faculty is listed below, butthe lesser rank faculty I did not try to identify as it was clearthat most if not all the photos are from the heads and militarystaff. First rank is at the time of publication, and highest rank isnoted as follows:

Picture#1 PresidentWilliam McKinley(inauguratedmarch 1897)

Picture#2 PresidentGrover Cleveland

Picture#3 NelsonA. Miles,CommandingGeneral of the US Army

Picture#4 Brigadier General Oswald HerbertErnst (June 27, 1842 – March 21,1926)

wasan astronomer, engineer, military educator, and career officer in theUnited States Army who became superintendentof the United States Military Academy.Over a forty-year career, Ernst servedas an engineer during Sherman's Siege of Atlanta during the AmericanCivil War,commanded U.S. troops at Coamo during the Spanish–American War,Cuba and sat on the original commission for the Panama Canal afterretirement from active service.


CaptainWilber E. Wilder, 4th Cavalry,Adjutant of the Academy and of the Post, Band Leader. Confirmedpicture #20, the MOH is clearly shown on his left breast.

BrigadierGeneral, MEDAL OF HONOR

Wilber ElliottWilder graduated from West Point in June, 1877, when he was justshort of 21 years old. In 1886, he was akey figure in negotiating the surrender of the Apache chief Geronimo. While an Army Captain, he served as acting superintendentof Yellowstone National Park from March15, 1899 - June 22, 1899. He also served in Spanish–American War,Pancho Villa Expedition, World War I. From 1913 to 1916, he wascommander of Fort Myer. Commanded the 168thInfantry Brigade as a Brigadier General inWW1, which was ultimately his highest rank.

CaptainWilliam Fletcher Spurgin, 21stInfantry, Treasurer and Quartermaster, possibly #9 given rank at time

BrigadierGeneral, buried at West Point

CaptainJohn B. Bellinger, Asst.Quartermaster of the Army, Quartermasterof the Academy, Disbursing Officer. Only possibility is #17 photobut I am almost positive that is Lusk (below). Not sure why but givenhis position he should be shown. Could be #8.

BrigadierGeneral, Distinguished Service Cross, wasin charge of retrieving 5th Corps out of Cuba after the battle ofSantiago due to Yellow fever, and then the buildingof Ft. Mills on Corregidor in thePhilippines.

1st Lt.William Weigel, 11th Infantry, Asst.QM and Officer of Police (shown in the USMA Registry as at thisposition but it is not in his service record). Might be picture#27(looks like a young picture of him) but his uniform is Cavalry soI tend to believe his picture is not shown.

MajorGeneral, Commandsheld include Second Infantry Regiment, First Infantry Regiment, 151stDepot Brigade, 76th Division, 56th Infantry Brigade, 88th Division,Seventeenth Infantry Regiment and the Philippine Division. Battles/wars include Spanish–American War, Philippine–AmericanWar, World War I with engagements at Champagne-Marne,Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, and Meuse-Argonne. Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal,Croix de Guerre with Palm and Legion of Honor, Commander. The USSGeneral William Weigel from WW2 is namedafter him.

2nd. Lt.Harold P. Howard, 6th Cavalry,Commissary and Treasurer, in charge of Post Exchange (Relieved 1stLt. Barrington K. West, 6th Cavalry on June 15th, 1897)

BrigadierGeneral in WW1 but did not go to France,Graduated USMA in 91 but his military service record does not beginuntil 1901 in the 14th Cavalry. Possibly picture #26. It ispossible that Barrington King West who he relieved is the this onealso.

MajorGeorge H. Torney, Surgeon of the Army,and of the post. Confirmed picture #6

BrigadierGeneral, 21st Surgeon General of the US Army from 1909 to 1913.

CaptainCharles Field Mason, Asst. Surgeon ofthe Army Likely photo #10 (almost 95% sure)

BrigadierGeneral, of Virginia Appointed fromVirginia, Assistant Surgeon, U. S. Army, 1 May 1886 Resigned 25 March1887 Assistant Surgeon, 2 July 1888 Major, Brigade Surgeon ofVolunteers, 4 June 1898 Honorably discharged from the volunteerservice, 2 March 1899 Major, Surgeon, 26th U. S. Volunteer Infantry,5 July 1899

Honorablydischarged from the volunteer service, 13 May 1901 Major, Surgeon,United States Army, 9 December 1901. He is buried in Arlington.

CaptainFrancis A. Winter, Asst. Surgeon ofthe Army likely #23

BrigadierGeneral, became chiefsurgeon for the AEF in France for allpersonnel except front lines during WW1, then was ChiefSurgeon AEF England after the war. Priorto that worked notably at Siboney Hospital in Cuba and with the 37thUS Volunteer in the Philippines. Director of the Army MedicalLibrary in 1918 and then Commandant of the Army Medical School inWashington, D.C. in 1919.


Departmentof Tactics

Lt. Col.Otto L. Hein, Captain 1st Cavalry,Commandant of Cadets (RelievedLt. Col. Samuel M. Mills, 5th Artillery on June 15th, 1897), fairlycertain that he is photo #12 as I see a 1 and an oak leaf on hiscavalry shoulder board.

was brieflysuperintendentin 1898in the absence of Helms, most of his service was in the west duringthe Indian Wars, served as an attache in Vienna for a period, thenwassuperintendentof Yosemite fora summer. Went to the Philippines with the 3rd Cavalry in 1902,retired a Lt. Colonel. Buried in Arlington.

BrigadierGeneral Samuel Meyers Mills, Jr. ispossibly photo #15.

General Millsserved as the United States Army's chief ofartillery from 1905 to 1906. He was thegreat-grandson of William Mills, a soldier in the American Revolutionwho enlisted in January 1776 and served seven years in Captain CalebNorth's Company under Colonel Anthony Wayne. The fortification onCorregidor Island, the Philippines, was designated a United StatesMilitary Reservation in 1907 and named FortMills in Brigadier General Mills's honor.Fort Mills, nicknamed "The Rock", was twice the site ofheavy fighting during World War II, initially as the site of theAllies' last defense of the Philippines on May 2, 1942, after theirdefeat at Bataan, and subsequently during the Allied liberation ofthe Philippines under Gen. Douglas MacArthur in February 1945. InMills's honor, the USS General Samuel M. Mills, Jr., a mine plantership, was built in 1908-09 by the New York Shipbuilding Company ofCamden, New Jersey, for the Submarine Mine Service of the UnitedStates Coast Artillery Corps.

CaptainJames Parker, 4th Cavalry, SeniorInstructor Cavalry Tactics. Believed to be picture #27 although helooks young, but Parker did live until 1934 and all of his pictures Icould find were of him when he was older.

MajorGeneral, MEDAL OF HONOR, Distinguished Service Medal, 3 Silver Stars.

He spent hisearly years serving in the Fourth United States Cavalry participatingin the Indian Wars of the Southwest. His military career wasinfluenced by the magnetic personality of the commander of the FourthCavalry, General Ranald S. Mackenzie, a legend for his success as acavalry commander in the American Civil War. In May 1886, FirstLieutenant Parker commanded one column oftroops sent into Mexico to track down the famous Apache leaderGeronimo and his band, and cooperated with Captain Henry W. Lawtonand First Lieutenant Charles B. Gatewood when Geronimo was captured.

Later, he servedas second in command of the 12th New York Infantry in Cuba during theSpanish–American War and saw significant combat while commandingthe 45th Volunteer Infantry in the Philippine–American War during1899 where he earned the Medal of Honor.From 1903 to 1904, he also served as Headof Militia Affairs in the Adjutant General's office.

During the FirstWorld War, General Parker served as Commanderof the Southern Department, Fort SamHouston, Texas from 31 March 1917 to 25 August 1917; as DivisionCommander of the 32nd Division from 25August to 11 December 1917; and as DivisionCommander of the 85th Division from 11December 1917 to 20 February 1918, when, having reached the statutoryage of 64, he was retired from active service.

Medalof Honor citation

"Whilein command of a small garrison repulsed a savage night attack byoverwhelming numbers of the enemy, fighting at close quarters in thedark for several hours."

Inaddition to the Medal of Honor, Major General Parker was awarded theDistinguished Service Medal and three Silver Stars for his serviceand battlefield exploits.

1st Lt. GraingerAdams, 5th Artillery

1st Lt. WilliamH. Allaire, 23rd Infantry

1st Lt. Samson LFaison, 1st Infantry

1stLt. John J. Pershing, 10th Cavalry (AEF Supreme Commander,unfortunately no photo)

2nd Lt. JulianR. Lindsey, 9th Cavalry

Dept.of Civil and Military Engineering

Gustav J.Fiebeger, Professor (1896) Confirmedphoto #14

Colonel, Corpsof Engineer, Distinguished Service Medalreceived for his 26 years at West Point.

1st Lt. Thomas HRees, Corps of Engineers

1st Lt. FrancisR. Shunk, COE

1st Lt. ChesterHarding, COE

Departmentof Natural and Experimental Philosophy

Peter S.Michie, Professor (1871) confirmedphoto #5

AchievedBrevet Brigadier General during the CivilWar

MilitaryHistory. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1859, to June 11,1863, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to First Lieut.,Corps of Engineers, June 11, 1863.

Served duringthe Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1863-66: as Asst. Engineer inOperations against Charleston, S. C., June 29, 1863, to Jan. 16,1864, comprising the construction of Batteries at north end of FollyIsland, July 1-10, 1863, — Descent upon Morris Island, July 10,1863, — building Left Breaching Batteries against Ft. Sumter, Aug.19-31, 1863, — in charge of Siege Operations against Ft. Wagner,Sep. 1-7, 1863, — repairing Fts. Wagner and Gregg, Sep. to Nov.,1863, — and erecting Defenses at Cole's Island, mouth of the StonoRiver, Nov., 1863; p867 as Chief Engineerof the Northern District, Department of the South,Jan. 16 to Feb. 6, 1864, — and of the District of Florida, Feb. 6to Apr. 13, 1864, being engaged in theBattle of Olustee, Feb. 20, 1864, — andin fortifying Jacksonville, Pilatka, and Yellow Bluff, St. John'sRiver, Fla., Feb. to Apr., 1864; as Asst. Engineer, Army of theJames, May 1 to Aug. 1, 1864, being engagedin the Skirmishes and Combat near Drury's Bluff,May 14-16, 1864, and in constructing defensive works on the JamesRiver, May to Sep., 1864; as ChiefEngineer, Army of the James and Department of Virginia and NorthCarolina, Aug. 1 to Dec. 2, 1864, beingengaged in constructing bridges across the James River at Varina andDeep Bottom, Sep. 29, 1864, — Assault andCapture of Ft. Harrison, Sep. 29, 1864, —constructing line of works north of the James, and Dutch Gap Canal,Sep. 30 to Dec. 2, 1864; as Chief Engineer

Bvt. Captain,and Bvt. Major, Oct. 28, 1864,

for Gallantand Meritorious Services during the Campaign of 1864 againstRichmond, Va.

of the Army ofthe James and Department of Virginia, Dec. 2, 1864, to Mar. 30, 1865;as Asst. Inspector-General, 25th Army Corps,

(Bvt.Brig.-General, U. S. Volunteers, Jan. 1,1865, for Meritorious Services in 1864)

Mar. 23 to July,1865; and in charge of all EngineerOperations of the Column on the left of the Army of the Potomac, atHatcher's Run, and in Pursuit of the Rebel Army till the Capitulationof General R. E. Lee at Appomattox C. H.,Mar. 30 to Apr. 9, 1865.

Bvt.Lieut.-Col., Apr. 9, 1865,

for Gallantand Meritorious Services during the Campaign terminating atAppomattox C. H., Va.

Served: inmaking Survey of the theater of Operations about Richmond, Apr. 9,1865, to Apr. 20, 1866; on leave of absence, Apr. 20, 1866,

After the warserved various positions until his final and lengthy one it thedepartment above. He is buried at West Point.

CaptainWilliam B. Gordon, Ordnance Dept. Confirmed photo #22 (4th Artillery Insignia on hat and collar).

Retired asColonel, wasinitially with the 4th Artillery, then to Ordnance for the rest ofhis career. Volunteered briefly after mandatory retirement in WW1for Ordnance at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Was credited with inventingthe Model 1896 12 inch mortar carriagewhile at USMA. Buried at West Point.

1st Lt. Henry C.Davis, 3rd Artillery

2nd Lt. JosephT. Crabbs, 8th Cavalry

1st Lt. SamuelD. Freeman, 10th Cavalry

2nd Lt. HaroldP. Howard, 6th Cavalry

Departmentof Mathematics

Edgar W.Bass, Professor (1878) confirmed photo#16

Union Army1862-1864, Sergeant Company K andQuartermaster Sergeant 8th Minnesota, 1st Lt. Corps of engineers1871, retired 1898. As department head was credited with bringingmodern mathematic definitions to the academy including differentialcalculus and trigonometry. Retired at the rank of Colonel.

Wright P.Edgerton, Assoc. Professor (with rankof Captain) (1893) confirmed photo #19

Lt.Colonel, son of Sydney Edgerton(congressman, 1st Chief Justice and founder of Idaho/Montana, 1stterritorial Governor of Montana), becauseof this Wright filled the office of page to the Council of the FirstLegislature of Montana. Guarded CharlesGuiteau after he assassinatedPresident Garfield,was first associate professor of math at West Point. Went to PortoRico during the Spanish American War and contracted (likely) yellowfever from which he passed.

1st Lt. DanielB. Devore, 23rd Infantry

1st Lt. CharlesP. Echols, COE

1st Lt. John W.Joyes, Ordnance Dept.

2nd Lt. GeorgeBlakely, 2nd Artillery

2nd Lt. Jay E.Hoffer, 3rd Artillery

2nd Lt. WilliamM. Cruikshank, 1st Artillery

2nd Lt. John H.Rice, 3rd Cavalry

2nd Lt. David M.King, 4th Artillery

Departmentof Chemistry, Mineralogy and Geology.

Samuel E.Tillman, Professor (1880) Confirmedphoto #7.

BrigadierGeneral, Distinguished Service Medal, USMA Superintendent, May haveflown experimental aircraft 5 years before the Wright Brothers?

spent 30 yearsteaching at West Point and was a prolific writer of textbooks andother materials. Was responsible for revamping the sciencecurriculum at West Point during his tenure. He was recalled in 1917to besuperintendentof USMAbecause of the lack of instructors during WW1, for which he wasawarded Brigadier General and the DSM. One peculiar entry in his biography is his purported involvement in1897 in a UFO, which turned out (according to newspaper reports), tobe a 60 foot long, cigar shaped flying machine, appearing to bebattery powered, with large "props" on each end. Hesupposedly was on contract with a commercial entity from New York forthis experiment, and was with infamousinventor Amos Dolbear (who likely invented the telephone severalyears before Alexander Graham Bell butignored the patent and lost a fight for it in the Supreme Court). "Responding to sightings previously reported in the MorningNews, on April 17, 1897,one respected Erath County farmer, C.L. McIlhany discoveredsuch a craft had landed on his property, and reported two humanoperators, a pilot and an engineer, who gave their names as "S.E.Tilman" and "A.E. Dolbear."The two operators performed minor repairs on their electricallypowered lighter-than-air craft, then again flew away". Tillmanrefused repeated request to include military aviation to thecurriculum during his tenure as superintendent at a time when thiswas a very important part of the war effort.

1st Lt. RichmondP. Davis, 2nd Artillery

1st Lt. EdgarRussel, 5th Artillery

2nd Lt. PalmerE. Pierce, 6th Infantry

2nd Lt. WilliamR. Smith, 1st Artillery

Departmentof Drawing

Charles W.Larned, Professor (1876) Likely #25because of his rank (1st Lt.), although he is shown as a Colonel athis death.

Early in hiscareer was an engineering officer in the7th Cavalry on General George Custer's staff in a battle with theSioux Indians on the Yellowstone River in 1873. Basically set up the entire department of drawing during his 41years at USMA, and was instrumental if notsolely responsible for the expansion of the academy, both in numberof cadets and layout and architecture of the buildings at around theturn of the century. All of the latterhappened after this yearbook which may explain his ascension toColonel by his death. The department of drawing was not of highregard to the academy at the time and Mr. Larned was not the moststudious in his military discipline until the end of his career as hewas understandably more interested in drawing and non-militaryreading and the like.

1st Lt. CharlesB. Hagadorn, 23rd Infantry

2nd Lt. HoraceM. Reeve, 3rd Infantry

2nd Lt. WalterC. Babcock, 8th Cavalry

Departmentof Modern Languages

Edward E.Wood, Professor (1892) confirmed photo#13

BrigadierGeneral, Enlisted as a private in the 17thPennsylvania Cavalry, September 8, 1862. Promoted to sergeant, 1stsergeant, First lieutenant, acting regimental adjunct and staffofficer on staff 1st Cavalry Division, Army of the Potomac. Honorarymustered out August 7, 1865.

He was capturedat Occoquan, Virginia, on December 27, 1862, and confined in CastleThunder, Richmond, Virginia. Then he wasexchanged in May 1863, and thereafter was presentin all campaigns and battles of cavalry corps, Army of the Potomac,including Gettysburg, Kilpatrick’s Richmond Raid, Wilderness,Trevillian, Winchester, Five Forks and Appomattox.Appointed cadet United States Military Academy, June 15, 1866. Secondlieutenant 8th Cavalry, June 15, 1870. First lieutenant, July 1,1873. Aide-de-Camp to General J. M.Schofield, 1879-1882. Captain, January 20,1886. In the field against Geronimo in NewMexico,summer 1886. Professor USMA 1889.

1st Lt. CharlesH. Hunter, 1st Artillery, Asst. Prof. of Spanish

1st Lt. Peter E.Traub, 1st Cavalry, Asst. Prof. of French

1st Lt. MarcusD. Cronin, 25th Infantry

2nd Lt. SamuelC. Hazzard, 1st Artillery

2nd Lt. WilliamR Smedberg, Jr, 4th Cavalry

2nd Lt. EdwardB. Cassatt, 4th Cavalry

2nd Lt. James M.Williams, 1st Artillery

Departmentof Law and History

George B.Davis, Lt. Colonel and DeputyJudge Advocate General of the Army,Professor, (1895) believed to be photo #7

MajorGeneral, 10th JAG Judge Advocate General of the US Army

In 1863, at theage of 16 years, he enlisted in the 1stMassachusetts Volunteer Cavalry. As acavalryman and later a second lieutenant of volunteers, he servedin 25 battles and engagements during the American Civil War. He was appointed Deputy JAG in 1895but left to teach at USMA. He became JAGfor the Army in 1901 and held that postfor 10 years. Davis had several significant publications during hiscareer. His Elements of Law and Elements of International Law (1897)were followed by his definitive Treatise on the Military Law of theUnited States in 1898. In addition, Davis authored several historicaland professional works on the tactical use of cavalry. TheWar of the Rebellion, a 70-volume compilationof the official records of the Union and Confederate Armies, wasprincipally his work and was published in his name in 1880-1901. General Davis guided his department through the Spanish–AmericanWar, and handled the investigation and trial of the notorious casesarising out of that war. He also represented the United States asdelegate plenipotentiary to the Geneva Conventions of 1903 and 1906,and the Hague Convention of 1907. On February 14, 1911, General Davisretired with a promotion to major general.

1st Lt.Barrington K. West, 6th Cavalry, Asst. Professor (see above)

1st Lt. WalterA. Bethel, 3rd Artillery

2nd Lt. Frank G.Mauldin, 3rd Artillery

2nd Lt.Robertson Honey, 4th Artillery

Departmentof Practical Military Engineering, Military Signaling and Telegraphy

CaptainJames L. Lusk, COE, Instructor, (1893)confirmed photo #17

Lt.Colonel, achieved as chiefengineer for 2nd Army. BecameAssistantto the Chief Engineer of the Army shortlyafter that. Supervised the construction of the new AcademicBuilding, Cullum Memorial Hall and Battle Monument at West Pointcompleted by 1898. Committed suicide possibly due to illness, and isburied at West Point.

1st Lt. E.Eveleth Winslow, COE, Asst. Instructor

Departmentof Ordnance and Gunnery

CaptainLawrence L. Bruff, Ordnance Dept USArmy, Instructor (1891) confirmed photo #18

Colonel,was the author of numerous works on ordnance, among them beingExterior Ballistics, Gunpowder and Interior Ballistics, Notes onmachine and Rapid Fire Guns, Gun Construction, United States SeaCoast Guns, Ordnance and Gunnery, etc., etc. He planned, organizedand developed the present ordnance museumat the Academy. After 1900, he wasAssistant to the Chief of Ordnancein Washington.

1st Lt. John T.Thompson, Ordnance Dept. US Army, Asst. Instructor

2nd Lt. Henry D.Todd, Jr., 3rd Artillery, Asst. Instructor


Rev.Herbert Shipman (1896) confirmedpicture #21.

He was anAmerican suffragan bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of New York underWilliam Thomas Manning. His older sister was author Mary RaymondShipman Andrews.

Photo #28 is incivilian clothing so might be one of the two below.

Herman J.Koehler, Master of the Sword

not pictured,he was the football coach

George Essigke,Teacher of Music


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