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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1868

Vol. III
p119
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(Born Me.)

Richard E. Thompson

(Ap'd R. I.)

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Born Union, ME.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., 6th Infantry, June 15, 1868.

Served: in garrison at Charleston, S. C., Oct. 1, 1868, to March 5, 1869, — Ft. Smith, Ark., to June 16, 1869, — and St. Louis, Mo., and on escort duty, to Aug. 4, 1869; on frontier duty at Crawfordsville, Kan., to Sep., 1869, — conducting recruits to Ft. Sill, I. T., Oct. 24, 1869, to Jan. 5, 1870, — Ft. Scott, Kan., to Apr. 28, 1870, — Little Rock, Ark., to July 14, 1870, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., to Sep. 25, 1871, — Camp Supply, I. T., to May 12, 1872, — and Ft. Stevenson, Dak., to Nov. 24, 1873 (leave of absence, Feb. 6 to June 18, 1873); at the Military Academy as Assistant Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Dec. 17, 1873, to Oct. 8, 1874; on frontier duty at Ft. Stevenson, Dak., Nov. 12, 1874, to May 13, 1876 (Topographer on reconnoissance of route from Carroll, Mon., to Camp Baker, and from Ft. Ellis, Mon., to Yellowstone Fork, July 7 to Nov. 4, 1875); as Assistant Commissary of Sioux Expedition, May 13 to Sep. 30, 1876; settling accounts at St. Paul, Min., to Feb., 1877; as Acting Commissary at St. Paul, to Nov. 1877 (leave of absence, Sep. 12 to Oct. 12, 1877); on frontier duty at Ft. Stevenson, Dak., Nov. 4, 1877, to Apr. 30, 1880, — Regimental Adjutant, Mar. 30, 1880, to Apr. 10, 1882, — Ft. Buford,

(First Lieut., 6th Infantry, Mar. 30, 1880)

Dak., to June 14, 1880, — Camp on White River, Col. to Sep., 1881, p120Ft. Douglas, Utah, to May 6, 1882, — Ft. Washakie, Wy., to Oct. 2, 1883, — and Ft. Douglas, Utah, to Jan. 6, 1886; and on Signal duty at Washington, D. C., to –––––.

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

Military History. —

(Captain, Staff — Signal Corps, Dec. 20, 1890)

Served: At Washington, D. C., to June 23, 1891; member of Board on World's Columbian Exposition, Nov. 8, 1890 to Nov. 23, 1893; Chief p183Signal Officer, Department of Texas, San Antonio, Tex., Nov. 25, 1893 to Oct. 9, 1895; Chief Signal Officer, Department of Dakota, St. Paul, Min., Oct. 12, 1895 to April 18, 1898; on duty at Tampa and Key West, Fla., to May 20, 1898;

(Major and Chief Signal Officer, U. S. Volunteers, May 20, 1898)

Chief Signal Officer, Department of the Pacific, May 30, 1898 to Dec. 20, 1899, sailing from San Francisco June 29, 1898, and arriving at Manila, P. I., July 25, 1898.

(Lieut.‑Colonel and Chief Signal Officer, U. S. Volunteers,
July 18, 1898)

(Honorably Discharged from Volunteer Service, April 17, 1899)

(Major, Signal Officer, U. S. Volunteers, April 17, 1899)

(Volunteer Commission Vacated, Dec. 1, 1899)

(Major, Staff — Signal Corps, Dec. 1, 1899)

— On duty in office of Chief Signal Officer, Washington, D. C., Feb. 13, 1900 to ––––

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

Military History. — On duty in office of Chief Signal Officer, Washington, D. C., Feb. 13, 1900 to April 1, 1902. — Commanding Signal Corps Post, Fort Myer, Va., April 1, 1902 to Aug. 1, 1903.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff — Signal Corps, March 2, 1903)

— Chief Signal Officer, Department of the Columbia, with station at Vancouver Barracks and Seattle, Wash., Aug. 10, 1903 to Oct. 28, 1904. — Left San Francisco, Cal., for Philippines, Nov. 1, 1904. — Chief Signal Officer, Philippines Division, Nov. 30, 1904, to Oct. 1, 1906.

(Colonel, Staff — Signal Corps, Feb. 10, 1906)

— Arrived at Newport News, Va., Dec. 9, 1906. — Chief Signal Officer, Department of California, San Francisco, Cal., Dec. 24, 1906 to May 6, 1907. — Chief Signal Officer, Department of the Columbia and Officer in Charge of the Washington-Alaskan military cable and telegraph system, Seattle, Washington, May 10, 1907.

Vol. VI
p136
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Richard Edward Thompson, Born Jan. 18, 1848.)

Military History. —

Colonel, Staff — Signal Corps, Feb. 10, 1906.

At Seattle, Wash., Chief Signal Officer, Department of the Columbia, and officer in charge of the Alaskan Military Cable and Telegraph System, May 10, 1907, to May 2, 1911; at St. Paul, Minn., Chief Signal Officer, Department of Dakota, May 13 to June 30, 1911; at Chicago, Ill., Chief Signal Officer, Central Department, July 1 to Sept. 15, 1911; on leave of absence, Sept. 16, 1911, to Jan. 15, 1912.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Jan. 18, 1912,
By Operation of Law.

Died, Sept. 14, 1914, at Seattle, Wash.: Aged 67.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1915.

Buried, Fort Lawton Cemetery, Seattle, WA.


Thayer's Note:

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


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