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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1870

Vol. III
p155
2343

(Born Va.)

Samuel W. Fountain

(Ap'd O.)

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Born Parkersburg, WV.a

Military History. — Cadetb at the Military Academy, July 1, 1866, to June 15, 1870, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 8th Cavalry, June 15, 1870.

Served: on frontier duty conducting recruits to New Mexico, Sep. 30 to Nov. 11, 1870, — Ft. Wingate, N. M., to June 23, 1874 (in pursuit of deserters, Feb. 20 to Mar. 10, 1871, and Scouting, Apr. 3 to May 4, 1871), — Ft. McRae, N. M., July 4, 1874, to Dec. 26, 1875 (sick leave of absence, Nov. 15, 1874, to Feb. 2, 1875), — Ft. Selden, N. M., to Jan., 1876 (undergoing sentence of suspension, Dec., 1875, to May 15, 1876), — Ringgold Barracks, Tex., Mar. 5, 1876, to May 21, 1878 (commanding detachment at Edinburg, Tex., Feb. 1 to Apr. 8, 1878), — Ft. McIntosh, Tex., May 26 to July 5, 1878, — San Diego, Tex., July 9, 1878, to Mar. 1,

(First Lieut., 8th Cavalry, Oct. 22, 1878)

1879, — Ft. Brown, Tex., to May 29, 1879, — Santa Maria, Tex., to Oct. 18, 1879, — Ft. Clark, Tex., to Dec., 1880, — Del Rio, Tex., to Mar. 25, 1883, — with Captain Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Livermore's Expedition to survey the country west of the Pecos River, Tex., to Nov. 13, 1883, — Ft. Clark, Tex., to May 31, 1884, — San Antonio, Tex., to June 13, 1885, — Scouting in New Mexico, to July 3, 1886, — San Antonio, Tex., to Oct., 1886, — Jefferson Barracks,

(Captain, 8th Cavalry, Apr. 11, 1889)

Mo., to Oct. 1, 1888, — Ft. Meade, Dak., to May 5, 1889, — and Ft. Keogh, Mon., to –––––.

Vol. IV
p199
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — In command of troop at Fort Keogh, Mont., serving in the field during summer of 1890 and winter of 1890 and 1891, against Sioux Indians. — In command of troop at Fort Myer, Va., from June, 1891 till Oct., 1894. — In command of troop at Fort Meade, S. D., from Oct., 1894 till Oct., 1898. — During the war with Spain remained with his troop and regiment at Fort Meade, S. D. — In command of troop at Huntsville, Ala., from Oct. till Nov., 1898. — In command of troops F, K, D, E, L, and H, at Huntsville, Ala., and conducted them to Puerto Principe, Cuba, from Nov., 1898 till Feb. 15, 1899. — Stationed at camp near Puerto Principe, Cuba, and in command of 2d squadron, 8th Cavalry, from Feb., 1899 to ––––

Vol. V
p170
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Stationed at camp near Puerto Principe, and in command of 2d Squadron, 8th Cavalry, from Feb., 1899 to Dec., 1899. — On leave of absence from Dec. 6, 1899 till Dec. 20, 1899. — On duty in War Department at Washington, D. C., Dec. 20, 1899 as a member of a Board of Officers to examine into and report upon food studies suitable for use of troops serving in tropical climates and an emergency ration for the use of the army. — Member of a Board of  p171 Officers to examine officers to determine their fitness for promotion and to examine candidates for appointments as 2d Lieutenants in the Army, till April, 1901.

(Major, 9th Cavalry, Feb. 2, 1901)

— Assistant Adjutant-General (by detail) Act I, Feb., 1901. — Adjutant-General, Department of Mindanao and Jolo, with station at Zamboanga, P. I., from April, 1901 till Sept., 1903.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 13th Cavalry, Aug. 26, 1903)

— Transferred to 4th Cavalry, Aug. 28, 1903. — Relieved from duty in Philippine Islands and granted six months leave of absence Sept., 1903. — Traveled through China, Japan, Ceylon, India, Arabia, Italy, France and England. — Reported for duty at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., March, 1904. — Detailed as Commandant Jefferson Guard at the World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo., Sept., 1904, and served there till the close of the fair.

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, April 10, 1905)

Retired at his own request, over 39 Years' Service, April 11, 1905.

— Residence, Devon, Chester County, Pa.

Vol. VI
p151
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Samuel Warren Fountain, Born Dec. 13, 1846.)

Military History. —

Lieut.‑Colonel, 13th Cavalry, Aug. 26, 1903.

Transferred to 4th Cavalry, Aug. 28, 1903.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., April 10, 1905.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, April 11, 1905,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Since retirement, resided at Devon, Pa.; traveled abroad, 1910, through England, France and Germany; was again in France in August, 1914, and witnessed the mobilization of the French Army; elected Commander, Military Order of the Loyal Legion, State of Pennsylvania Commandery, for year 1913; elected Commander, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States, State of Pennsylvania Commandery, for the year 1913; Commander-General of the Order, for a period of three years, May, 1917; elected President of Devon Citizens' Association, 1913, and re‑elected in 1914, '15, '16, '17 and 1918; presided at a meeting of Patriotic Societies in the City of Washington, Jan. 15, 1917, at which the Society for Universal Military Training and Service was organized; appointed a committee of seven to call upon the Military Committee of the United States Senate to present resolutions urging the enactment of laws for such service; member of Army and Navy Club of Washington, D. C.; of Union League Club of Philadelphia; of Men's Club of Wayne, Pa.

Vol. VII
p100
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History. —

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, Apr. 11, 1905,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Residing at Lincoln Court, Overbrook, Philadelphia, Pa.; traveled abroad, 1910, through England, France and Germany; was again in France in Aug., 1914, and witnessed the mobilization of the French Army; elected Commander, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States, State of Pa. Commandery, for the year 1913; Commander-General of the Order, for a period of three years, May, 1917; elected President of Devon Citizens' Association, 1913, and re‑elected in 1914, '15, '16, '17 and 1918; presided at a meeting of Patriotic Societies in the City of Washington, Jan. 15, 1917, at which the Society for Universal Military Training and Service was organized; appointed a committee of seven to call upon the Military Committee of the United States Senate to present resolutions urging the enactment of laws for such service; member of Army and Navy Club of Washington, D. C.; of Union League Club of Philadelphia; of Men's Club of Wayne, Pa.

Died, Nov. 15, 1930, at Overbrook, Philadelphia, Pa.: Aged 84.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1928.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.


Thayer's Notes:

a Gen. Fountain's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b Samuel W. Fountain, before becoming a Cadet, enlisted as a Private in Company K, 140th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in 1864, and was discharged with a certificate of thanks and recognition of honorable service signed by President Lincoln. (From his AOG obituary, and confirmed by his tombstone.)


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