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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1868

Vol. III
p118
2249

(Born Pa.)

William J. Volkmar1

(Ap'd Pa.)

31

Born June 29, 1847, Philadelphia, PA.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1864, to June 15, 1868, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 5th Cavalry, June 15, 1868.

Served: on frontier duty Scouting in Kansas, Colorado, Texas, and Nebraska, Oct., 1868, to May, 1869, being engaged against Cheyenne Indians in the Actions of Nov. 15, 1868, and May 16, 1869, — Ft. Lyon, Col., to May, 1869, — Ft. McPherson, Neb., to May 26, 1871, except while on Expedition to Republican River, June to Oct., 1869, being engaged in the Combat of Summit Springs, Col., July 11, and Action of Prairie Dog Creek, Sep. 26, 1869, and on leave of absence, Nov. 23, 1869, to June 30, 1870,

(First Lieut., 5th Cavalry, March 19, 1870)

and on sick leave, Feb. 18 to May 26, 1871, — Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy., to Jan., 1872, — Camp McDowell, Ara., and Scouting, to Aug., 1872, — and Camp Date Creek, Ara., to Jan., 1873; on Mounted Recruiting Service, to May 6, 1875; at headquarters, Department of the Missouri, May 16 to Dec. 3, 1875, — as Chief Signal Officer of the Department, Dec. 3, 1875, to June 28, 1879, — and as Aide-de‑Camp to Bvt. Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Pope, Dec. 1, 1876, to June 28, 1879; on frontier duty at Ft. D. A. Russell,

(Captain, 5th Cavalry, Apr. 2, 1879)

Wy., July 14 to Sep. 22, 1879; as Secretary of Board to consider disputed matters regarding the Battles of Chickamauga and Stone River, Oct., 1879, to Jan., 1880; as Aide-de‑Camp to Bvt. Major-General Pope, Jan. 8, 1880, to June 5, 1881, and to Lieut.-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Sheridan, June 6, 1881, to May 6, 1883; on leave of absence in Europe, May (representing U. S. Army at Cavalry Manoeuvres of French Army, Aug. to Sep.) p119to Oct., 1883; at headquarters of the Army, Washington, D. C., as Aide-

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff
— Aide-de‑Camp to the General-in‑Chief, Nov. 1, 1883)

de‑Camp of the General-in‑Chief, to Mar. 28, 1885; as Assistant in the

(Major, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, Mar. 27, 1885)

Adjutant-General's Office, Apr. 2, 1885, to Nov. 30, 1886; and as Adjutant-General of the Department of the Columbia, Dec. 6, 1886, to Oct. 1, 1888, — and of Arizona, Oct. 11, 1888 (Chief Signal Officer, Aug. 31, 1889, to –––––), to –––––.

Vol. IV
p182
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Adjutant-General, Department of Arizona, Oct. 11, 1888 (Chief Signal Officer, Aug. 31, 1889 to Oct. 1, 1890) to Oct. 1, 1890. — General Court-Martial duty and member Retiring Board at San Diego Barracks, Cal., Jan., 1890. — Adjutant-General and Chief Signal Officer, Department of Missouri, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 7, 1890 to July 31, 1891, and Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of Missouri, Chicago, Ill., July 31 to December 21, 1891. — Special duty in office of Assistant Secretary of War, Washington, D. C., Dec. 25, 1891 to March 18, 1892. — On duty in Adjutant-General's office, Washington, D. C., March 18, 1892 to July 15, 1894. — At the request of the Governor of Pennsylvania, was detailed on special duty with the National Guard of Pennsylvania during the labor riots at Homestead, Pa., in the summer of 1892. — Member of Board for examining commissioned officers for promotion, May and June, 1892.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, Nov. 6, 1893)

— Assistant Inspector-General, Headquarters Department of the East, July 21, 1894 to April 30, 1895; Assistant Adjutant-General and Inspector Small-Arms Practice, May 1, 1895 to Jan. 9, 1896; also Acting Superintendent Recruiting Service, New York City, June 5 to Sept. 15, 1895. — Adjutant-General, Department of the Colorado, Jan. 13, 1896, to ––––

(Colonel, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, Feb. 26, 1898)

Retired from Active Service,
for disability in the line of duty, April 28, 1900.

Vol. V
p153
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Adjutant-General, Department of the Colorado, Jan. 13, 1896 to April 28, 1900.

Died March 4, 1901, at Pasadena, Cal.: Aged 54.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1901, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.


The Author's Note:

1 William J. Volkmar, before becoming a Cadet, served as Sergeant of 33d Pennsylvania Volunteers, June 19 to Aug. 4, 1863.


Thayer's Note:

a Col. Volkmar's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.


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