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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1866

Vol. III
p71
2136

(Born N. Y.)

Charles King12

(Ap'd at Large)

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Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1862, to June 18, 1866, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, June 18, 1866.

Served: on Artillery duty at the Military Academy, June to Aug., 1866; in garrison at Jackson Barracks, La., Dec., 1866, to Feb., 1868 (leave of absence, July 24 to Dec. 9, 1867), — Sedgwick Barracks, La., Feb. to Dec., 1868, — and Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., Dec. 31, 1868, to Apr. 12, 1869; on General Recruiting Service at Cincinnati, O., to July 19, 1869; in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., to Sep. 1, 1869; at the Military Academy, as Assistant Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Sep. 4, 1869, to Oct. 24, 1871, — and of Cavalry Tactics, Jan. 7 to Oct. 24, 1871; as Aide-

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Mar. 15, 1870)

(Transferred to 5th Cavalry, Jan. 1, 1871)

de‑Camp to Bvt. Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Emory, Nov. 28, 1871, to Jan. 31, 1874, — and Acting Judge Advocate, Department of the Gulf, Dec., 1871, to Jan. 31, 1874; awaiting orders, to Apr., 1874; on frontier duty conducting recruits to Arizona, to May 12, 1874, — Camp Verde, Ara., to Dec. 22, 1874, — Scouting against Apache Indians, Oct. 27 to Nov. 6, 1874, being engaged in Actions at Stauffer's Butte, May 25, Black Mesa, June 3, and Sunset Pass, Ara., Nov. 1, 1874, where he was severely wounded, — and conducting prisoners to Alcatraz Island, Cal., Dec. 22, 1874, to Mar., 1875; on sick leave of absence, Apr. 10 to Sep. 28, 1875; on frontier duty, conducting recruits to, and at Ft. Riley, Kan., to May 17, 1876, — p72and Scouting in Wyoming, and on Big Horn and Yellowstone Expedition, May 17 to Oct. 24, 1876, being engaged in the Action of Indian Creek, Neb., July 17, 1876, and Combat of Slim Buttes, Dak., Sep. 9‑10, 1876; as Adjutant, 5th Cavalry, Oct. 5, 1876, to Jan. 28, 1878, — Scouting in Wyoming to Nov. 2, 1876, — Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy., November 2, 1876, to July, 1877, — Acting Assistant Adjutant-General of troops concentrated at Omaha, Neb., pending Railroad Disturbances, July 10 to Aug. 10, 1877, and of Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Merritt's cavalry command in pursuit of hostile Nez Percés, Sep. to Oct., 1877, — Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy., Nov., 1877, to

(Captain, 5th Cavalry, May 1, 1879)

Sep. 11, 1878; on leave and absent sick, to June 14, 1879; and as Professor

(Retired from Active Service, June 14, 1879, for Disability from Wounds received in Line of Duty)

of Military Science and Tactics, State University of Wisconsin, Sep. 1, 1880, to June 21, 1882.

Civil History. — Aide-de‑Camp to the Governor of Wisconsin, and Asst. Inspector-General Wisconsin National Guard, with the rank of Colonel, since Mar. 28, 1882. Member of the Board of Visitors to the Military Academy, 1889. Author of "Campaigning with Crook," 1880; "The Colonel's Daughter," 1883; "Kitty's Conquest," 1884; "Famous and Decisive Battles," 1884; "Marion's Faith," 1886; "The Deserter," and "From the Ranks," 1887; "A War Time Wooing," 1888; "Dunraven Ranch," 1888; "Between the Lines," 1889; "Laramie," 1889; "Starlight Ranch," 1890; "Two Soldiers," 1890; "Sunset Pass," 1890; "An Army Portia," 1890; and various Magazine Stories and Sketches, 1880‑90.a

Vol. IV
p162
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. —

(Brevet Captain, Feb. 27, 1890, for gallant and distinguished services in action against Indians near Diamond Butte, Ariz., May 21, 1874 — Declined)

Civil History. — Author —; Commanding 4th Regiment, Infantry, Wisconsin National Guard, to Aug., 1892. — Adjutant-General of Wisconsin, Jan. 7, 1895 to Jan. 2, 1897.

Military History. —

(Brig.‑General U. S. Volunteers, May 27, 1898)

Served, commanding 2d Brigade, Independent Division, 8th Army Corps, Camp Merritt, San Francisco, June 12 to Aug. 15, 1898. — Commanding troops en route to Honolulu to Aug. 27. — Commanding District of Hawaii, Sept. 4 to Nov. 7. — En route to Manila, P. I., to Nov. 28. — Commanding 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 8th Army Corps, in defenses of Manila, Dec. 17, 1898 to April 18, 1899. — Engaged, in command, in the battle of Santa Ana, Feb. 5, 1899. — Pursuit of the Insurgent enemy to Guadalupe and Pasig, Feb. 6, 8, and in frequent skirmishes to Feb. 14. — Repelling attacks in force on lines of San Pedro Macati, Feb. 14, 16. — Commanding line of defense along Pasig River to April 7, and expedition to Santa Cruz, April 5, 8.

(Honorably Discharged from Volunteer Service,
April 15, 1899)º

(Brig.‑General U. S. Volunteers, April 15, 1899)

(Honorably Discharged from Volunteer Service,
Aug. 2, 1899)º

— Retired officer, — residence, Milwaukee, Wis.

Vol. V
p132
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Recommended for rank of Major-General for "bravery, energy and efficiency in battle," Feb., 1899, and for Brevet Major-General on similar grounds. — Retired officer. — Residence, Milwaukee, Wis.

Civil History. — On duty with Wisconsin National Guard, Sept. 7, 1904 to –––––. Member Military Order of the Loyal Legion; Order of Society of Indian Wars (Historian); Army of the Potomac; United Spanish War Veterans; Army of the Philippines (Commander); Foreign Wars (National Vice-Commander); and American Wars; Sons American Revolution. — Member Board of Visitors West Point, 1889; State Historical Society Wisconsin. — Author, Famous and Decisive Battles and many books on army life. — Service medals: Spanish War, Philippine Insurrection, Indian Campaigns.

Vol. VI
p119
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1900‑1910]

(Born Oct. 12, 1844.)

Military History. —

Captain, 5th Cavalry, May 1, 1879.

Captain, U. S. A., Retired, June 14, 1879,
For Disability from Wounds Received in Line of Duty.

Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers, May 27, 1898.

Honorably Discharged from the Volunteer Service,
Aug. 2, 1899.

Civil History. — Member Military Order of the Loyal Legion; Order of Society of Indian Wars (Historian); Army of the Potomac; United Spanish War Veterans; Army of the Philippines (Commander); Foreign Wars (National Vice-Commander); and American Wars; Sons American Revolution. Member Board of Visitors West Point, 1889; State Historical Society, Wisconsin. President, Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., June, 1917, to June, 1918; author Famous and Decisive Battles and many books on army life.

Service medals: Spanish War, Philippine Insurrection, Indian Campaigns.

Vol. VII
p82
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1910‑1920]

Military History. —

Captain, 5th Cavalry, May 1, 1879.

p83 Captain, U. S. A., Retired, June 14, 1879,
For Disability from Wounds Received in Line of Duty.

Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers, May 27, 1898.

Honorably Discharged from the Volunteer Service,
Aug. 2, 1899.

Major, U. S. A., Retired, May 14, 1898,
Act of June 3, 1916.

Lieutenant-Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Jan. 14, 1922.

At St. John's Military Academy, Instructor, Delafield, Wis., 1904, to present day; also 18 years' continuous service with Wisconsin National Guard; at present holds rank of Major General and A. D. C., to Governor of Wisconsin.

Awarded Silver Star and cited "for gallantry in action against Apache Indians near Diamond Butte, Ariz., May 21, 1874."

Service Medals: Civil War, Spanish War, Philippine Insurrection, Indian Campaigns, World War.

Civil History. — Member Military Order of the Loyal Legion; Recorder, Commander Order of Society of Indian Wars (Historian); Army of the Potomac; United Spanish War Veterans; Army of the Philippines (Commander); Foreign Wars (National Vice-Commander); and American Wars; Sons American Revolution, American Legion, World War Commander, Member Board of Visitors West Point, 1889; State Historical Society, Wisconsin. President, Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., June, 1917, to June, 1918; author Famous and Decisive Battles and many books on army life.

Vol. VIII
p41
[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1920‑1930]

Military History.— Lt.‑Col., Ret., Jan. 14, 1922.

Died, Mar. 17, 1933, at Milwaukee, Wis.: Aged 88.

Buried, Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI.


The Author's Notes:

1 Son of General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Rufus King, U. S. Minister Resident for the Pontifical States.

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2 Ancestors in Army: Father, Brigadier-General Rufus King (born Jan. 1814, graduate U. S. M. A., class of 1833), Army of the Potomac, 1861‑63. Grandfather, Colonel Charles King (born March, 1789), New York Militia, War of 1812. Great-grandfather, Major Rufus King, Aide-de‑camp (born March, 1755), War of the Revolution. Great-great-grandfather, Captain Richard King (born 1718), Commissary, Colonial Wars, Siege of Louisbourg.

Thayer's Note: This note is first given in the Vol. V Supplement (with slightly different punctuation, and abbreviating "Brig.‑General"), then identically in Vols. VI and VII.

Thayer's Note:

a A sample of his writing is onsite: a biographical article on his father, "Rufus King, Soldier, Editor, and Statesman", WiMH 4:371‑381 (1921).


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