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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1868

Vol. III
p120
2254

(Born Mas.)

William C. Forbush

(Ap'd Mas.)

36

Born 1845.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.

p121 Served: on frontier duty Scouting in Kansas, Colorado, and Texas, Oct. 4, 1868, to Feb., 1869, being engaged in the Action of Solomon River, Oct. 25‑26, 1868, — Ft. Lyon, Col., to May, 1869, — Ft. McPherson, Neb., and Scouting, to Nov. 27, 1871, being engaged in the Combat

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

of Beaver Creek, May 13, 1869, — Regimental Adjutant, July 12, 1869, to Oct. 5, 1876, — Camp McDowell, Ara., Jan., 1872, to Mar. 3, 1873, — Camp Lowell, Ara., Mar. 19, 1873, to May 1, 1875, — Ft. Hays, Kan., to Jun. 18, 1876 (leave of absence, Nov. 15, 1875, to Mar. 16, 1876), — and on Big Horn and Yellowstone Expedition, to Oct., 1876, being engaged in the Action of Indian Creek, Neb., July 17, 1876, and Combat of Slim Buttes, Dak. Sep. 9‑10, 1876 (Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, District of Black Hills, June 21 to Oct., 1876); on duty at St. Louis Barracks, Mo., Oct. 21, 1876, to Nov. 30, 1877; on Mounted Recruiting Service, Dec., 1877, to Oct. 2, 1878; on delay and joining company, Nov. 27, 1878, to Jan. 9, 1879; on frontier duty at Ft. McKinney, Wy., to May 13,

(Captain, 5th Cavalry, May 1, 1879)

1879; on leave of absence, to Oct. 1, 1879; on frontier duty at Ft. Washakie, Wy., to May 17, 1880, — and Ft. Robinson, Neb., to Jan. 1, 1881; on leave of absence, to June 19, 1881; and on frontier duty at Ft. Sidney, Neb., to Apr. 15, 1883, — Ft. McKinney, Wy., to May 20, 1885, — Ft. Reno, I. T., and Scouting, to Oct. 27, 1885, — Ft. Riley, Kan. (leave of absence, Feb. 20 to June 20, 1886), to Nov. 14, 1886, — expelling intruders from the Cherokee Outlet, to Oct. 20, 1887, — and Ft. Sill, I. T., and quelling Oklahoma Disturbances, Nov., 1887, to –––––.

Vol. IV
p183
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

(William Curtis Forbush)

Military History. —

(Brevet 1st Lieutenant, Feb. 27, 1890, for gallant services in action against Indians at Beaver Creek, Kan., Oct. 25 and 26, 1868)

Served: As Captain 5th Cavalry, at Fort Sill, I. T., from Jan. 1, 1890 till Oct., 1, 1890. — On depot recruiting duty at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., from Oct. 16, 1890 till Nov. 10, 1892. — At Fort Reno, I. T., from Nov. 12, 1892 till June 22, 1893. — Regiment then transferred to Department of Texas. — Served at Fort Ringgold, Tex., from July 1, 1893 till Jan. 8, 1896; Fort Sam Houston, Tex., from Jan. 22, 1896 till Aug. 14, 1897.

(Major of Cavalry, 9th Cavalry, June 1, 1897)

p184 — Assigned to command Fort Washakie, Wyo., from Aug. 24, 1897 till April 21, 1898. — Ordered to Port Tampa City, Fla., where regiment rendezvoused in camp, en route for Cuba, May 2, 1898. — Embarked on transport Miami, June 8, 1898, in command of 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry. — Took part in occupation of Daiquiri, Cuba, June 22, 1898. — In command of Daiquiri, Cuba, with 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, and two Batteries of 4th Artillery, by the order of Brig.‑General Sumner, U. S. Volunteers, under the direction of General Shafter, from June 26, 1898 till during the night of the 1st of July, 1898. — Reported at General Shafter's headquarters by his orders, through courier, at 5.45 A.M., July 2, 1898, with squadron, having broken camp in the night, and marched, dismounted, eighteen miles in a little over seven hours, including halts. — Commanded 9th Cavalry from July 1, 1898 till July 22, 1898, including the following occasions: At the skirmish at Brensing Station, July 2, 1898 (Hospital, 5th Corps); at the bombardment of Santiago de Cuba, July 10 and 11, 1898; at the surrender of Santiago de Cuba, July 17, 1898; at the raising of United States flag over the city and province of Santiago de Cuba, on the 17th of July, 1898. — Absent on sick leave for three months, from July 29, 1898 till Oct. 29, 1898. — At Fort Grant, Ariz., Oct. 29, 1898 to ––––

Vol. V
p154
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — At Fort Grant, Ariz., Oct. 29, 1898 to July 23, 1900. — En route to Philippine Islands to Sept. 16, 1900. — Commanding squadron of 9th Cavalry at Guinobatan, P. I.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 7th Cavalry, Feb. 2, 1901)

to June 5, 1901 — Commanding 9th Cavalry at San Jose, P. I., to Oct. 4, 1901. — En route to U. S. to Dec. 4, 1901.

(Colonel, 12th Cavalry, Dec. 6, 1901)

— On leave Dec. 10, 1901 to Jan. 9, 1902. — Commanding Department of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 20 to April 3, 1902. — Commanding regiment and post of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, April 4 to May 20, 1902, and at Fort Clark, Texas, to May 28, 1902. — Commanding Department of Texas, San Antonio, Tex., May 29 to Oct. 28, 1902. — Commanding regiment and post of Fort Clark, Texas, Nov. 1 to 8, 1902. — On leave from Nov. 9, 1902 to Feb. 7, 1903. — Commanding regiment and post of Fort Clark, Tex., Feb. 8 to March 30, 1903.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired March 30, 1903,
disability in line of duty.

Died, Jan. 15, 1906, at Buffalo, N. Y.: Aged 61.

Buried, Riverside Cemetery, Grafton, MA.


Thayer's Note:

a Col. Forbush's birthdate is from his tombstone, q.v.


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