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The text that follows is reproduced from (the report of the) Eighth Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 14th, 1877.

 p63  Vinton A. Goddard
No. 2,375. Class of 1871.
Died March 2d, 1877, at Washington, D. C.,
aged 27 years.

Lieut. Vinton A. Goddard, 4th U. S. Artillery, was born in the District of Columbia, in February, 1850, and entered the U. S. Military Academy, July, 1867, from which he was graduated in June, 1871.

He was assigned as Second Lieutenant in the 6th U. S. Cavalry, and was soon afterwards placed on the Staff of Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Pope. Asking for field service during the campaign against the Kiowas, he served  p64 on the frontier until Jan. 17, 1873, when he resigned at the urgent request of his mother. He then went abroad for travel, but tiring of civil life he was re‑appointed in the army September 27th, 1873, as Second Lieutenant 4th Artillery, in which regiment he continued until his death. The company to which he was assigned was at the Presidio, where after serving for a short time he was ordered to the frontier post of Alaska, and it was while serving here that he contracted the seeds of the disease which resulted in his death.

In July, 1876, he was ordered for duty at the Military Academy, and was assigned as Acting Assistant Professor of the Spanish language. In the fall of this year his health became impaired to such an extent that he was unable to continue his duties. Having obtained a leave of absence he went to Washington, D. C., where he remained until his death.

(Lieut. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.L. H. Walker)

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