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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1868

Vol. III
p109
2227

(Born N. Y.)

Henry Metcalfe1

(Ap'd Mis.)

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Born New York, NY.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1863, to p110June 15, 1868, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Ordnance, June 15, 1868.

Served: as Assistant Ordnance Officer in the Ordnance Bureau, Washington, D. C., Jan. 1 to May 20, 1869, — and at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., May 20 to Aug. 6, 1869; at the Military Academy, as Assistant Professor of Spanish, Aug. 28 to Oct. 18, 1869; as Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Halleck, Sep. 28, 1869, to Apr. 1, 1870; on leave of absence, Apr. 1 to Nov. 11, 1870; as Assistant Ordnance Officer at Springfield Armory, Mas., Nov. 11, 1870, to July 7, 1875; as Recorder of the Small Arms

(First Lieut., Ordnance, June 23, 1874)

Board, June 6‑28, 1872; as Inspector, under the direction of the Commandant of Springfield Armory, of Small Arms manufactured by the Providence Tool Company for the Ottoman Government, Mar. 5‑29, 1875; in preparing Ordnance Department Exhibit at the International Exhibition of 1876 at Philadelphia, Pa., Mar. 29 to July 7, 1875, — and in superintending the erection of the Government Building, taking charge of the Ordnance Exhibit, and as Executive Officer of the Board on behalf of the Executive Departments of our Government, July 7, 1875, to Dec. 12, 1877; as Assistant Ordnance Officer at Frankford Arsenal, Pa., Dec. 12, 1877, to Nov. 2, 1878; as Member of Examining Board for transfer of Officers to Ordnance Corps, May 16, 1878; as Inspector of Contract Small Arms Ammunition and Asst. Ordnance Officer at Frankford Arsenal, Pa., Nov. 2, 1878, to Oct., 1881; as Asst. Ordnance Officer

(Captain, Ordnance, Mar. 4, 1879)

at Benicia Arsenal, Cal., Nov. 10, 1881, to May 10, 1884 — and at Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., to Aug. 26, 1886; and at the Military Academy as Instructor of Ordnance and Gunnery, and commanding Ordnance Detachment, Aug. 28, 1886, to –––––.

Civil History. — Author of "The Cost of Manufactures and the Administration of Workshops, Public and Private," 1885; and of a "Course of Ordnance and Gunnery for the Instruction of the Cadets of the U. S. Military Academy," 1890. Recipient, from the Sultan of Turkey, of the Osmanieh, 1876. Inventor of the first Detachable Magazine for Small Arms used by troops, 1873.b

Vol. IV
p178
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Instructor of Ordnance and Gunnery, U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., to Aug. 8, 1891. — On leave of absence to Jan. 1, 1892. — Waiting orders to Jan. 7, 1892. — Inspector of Ordnance, West Point Foundry, Cold Spring, N. Y., to July, 1892. — On sick leave of absence to Oct., 1893, when he was

Retired from Active Service
for disability in the line of duty, Oct. 26, 1893.

— Residence, Cold Spring, N. Y.

Vol. V
p150
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Retired officer.

Civil History. — Founder and President Village Improvement Association, 1895 to –––––; President Water Board, 1897‑1904; President Village and of Sewer Commission, March, 1904 to Nov., 1905; Member Board of Education, 1896; President Board of Education, 1897‑1907. — All of the above in the village of Cold Spring, New York, which is his post-office address.

Vol. VI
p133
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Born Oct. 29, 1847.)

Military History. —

Captain, Ordnance Department, March 4, 1879.

Captain, U. S. A., Retired, Oct. 26, 1893,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Civil History. — Founder and President Village Improvement Association, 1895; President Water Board, 1897‑1904; President Village and of Sewer Commission, March, 1904 to Nov., 1905; Member Board of Education, 1896; President Board of Education, 1897‑1907. — All of the above in the village of Cold Spring, New York.

Executor and Manager of Real Estate in New York City since 1902.

Vol. VII
p91
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Captain, Ordnance Department, Mar. 4, 1879.

Captain, U. S. A., Retired, Oct. 26, 1893,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Died, Aug. 17, 1927, at Cooperstown, N. Y.: Aged 79.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1930.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.


The Author's Note:

1 Son of Dr. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.John T. Metcalfe, Class of 1838.


Thayer's Notes:

a Capt. Metcalfe's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b A longer list of Capt. Metcalfe's ordnance-related inventions is given on his page at Find-a‑Grave.


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