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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1862

Vol. II
p851
1975

(Born O.)

Morris Schaff

(Ap'd O.)

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Born Dec. 28, 1840, Etna Township, OH.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1858, to June 17, 1862, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut. of Ordnance, June 17, 1862.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1862‑66: as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Ft. Monroe Arsenal, Va., July 17, 1862, to Apr. 20, 1863; with the Ordnance Depot of the Army of the Potomac, in the

(First Lieut., Ordnance, Mar. 3, 1863)

Rappahannock Campaign, Apr. to June, 1863, — in the Pennsylvania Campaign, and collecting arms at Gettysburg, June to Aug., 1863, — in the Rapidan Campaign, Aug. to Nov., 1863, — and in Mine Run Operations, accompanying Horse Artillery, Nov.‑Dec., 1863; as Acting Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Warren in the Richmond Campaign, May, 1864, being engaged in the Battle of the Wilderness, May 5‑6, 1864, —

(Bvt. Captain, May 6, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Battle of the Wilderness, Va.)

and Battles about Spottsylvania, May 8‑15, 1864; in charge of Ordnance Depot for supplying the Armies before Richmond, May 19 to Sep. 15, 1864; as Asst. Inspector of Ordnance, at Reading, Pa., Sep. 13 to Dec. 31, 1864; and as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Watertown Arsenal, Mas., Jan. 3, 1865, to Sep. 1, 1866.

Served: in command of Mt. Vernon Arsenal, Ala., Sep. 6, 1866, to

(Captain, Ordnance, Mar. 7, 1867)

Dec. 26, 1867, — at Watertown Arsenal, Mas., to Sep. 30, 1868, — and at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., to Dec. 31, 1871 (leave of absence, Nov. 30, 1870, to Jan. 31, 1871, Mar. 18 to June 18, 1871, and July 1 to Dec. 31, 1871).

Resigned, Dec. 31, 1871.

Civil History. — Manufacturer of Glass, Pittsfield, Mas., since 1872. p852Brig.‑General (Inspector-General) Massachusetts Militia, 1880‑83, — Member of the Board of Visitors to the U. S. Military Academy, 1882.

Vol. IV
p135
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — State official. — Appointed member of Mas. State Board of Health, 1892, and member of Board of Gas and Electric Light Commission of Massachusetts, by the governor, June, 1893. — Reappointed, 1896. — Reappointed, 1899. — Post-office address, Pittsfield, Mas.

Vol. V
p107
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — State official. — Appointed member of Massachusetts State Board of Health, 1892, and member of Board of Gas and Electric Light Commission of Massachusetts, by the governor, June, 1893. — Reappointed, 1896. — Reappointed, 1899. — Reappointed, 1902, 1905. — Author of Etna and Kirkersville and Spirit of Old West Point. Post-office address, Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Vol. VI
p100
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

Military History. —

Captain, Ordnance Department, March 7, 1867.

Resigned, Dec. 31, 1871.

Civil History. — State official; appointed member of Massachusetts State Board of Health, 1892; and member of Board of Gas and Electric Light Commission of Massachusetts by the Governor, June, 1893; re‑appointed, 1896, '99, 1902, '05, '08, '11, '14, '17; President West Point Alumni, 1913‑14; LL. D., Williams College; Litt. D., Otterbein University; author of Etna and Kirkersville, Spirit of Old West Point, Battle of the Wilderness and Sunset of the Confederacy.

Address: 8 Ash Street Place, Cambridge, Mass.

Died, Oct. 19, 1929, Southboro, Mas.: Aged 88. a

Buried, Pittsfield Cemetery, Pittsfield, MA.


Thayer's Note:

a This line is not in any of the Supplements available to me, the last being that of 1920; it is mine, and the information is from "Morris Schaff • A Memoir" (Proc. Mass. H. S. 64:516‑521), a good account of his life by Bliss Perry, although short. An article in The Historical Times (Newsletter of the Granville, Ohio, Historical Society) — Vol. IV, No. 4, which steered me to Perry's paper, includes other interesting information.

Also after the date of the 1920 Supplement to the Register was the 1922 publication of his book, Jefferson Davis: His Life and Personality. Gen. Schaff is best known today as a writer, in particular for his Spirit of Old West Point.


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