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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1873

Vol. III
p216
2492

(Born N. C.)

Calvin D. Cowles

(Ap'd N. C.)

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Born Elksville, NC.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1869, to June 13, 1873, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 23d Infantry, June 13, 1873.

Served: on frontier duty at Camp Verde, Ara., Dec. 19, 1873, to July 6, 1874, — Omaha Barracks, Neb., Sep. 4, 1874, to Apr. 3, 1875, — North Platte, Neb., to Aug. 24, 1876, — Ft. McPherson, Neb., to Dec. 6, 1876, — Ft. Dodge, Kan., Dec. 10, 1876, to July 18, 1878 (leave of absence, Aug. 23 to Nov. 20, 1877), — Ft. Hayes, Kan., July 21, 1878, to July 16, 1879, — Ft. Supply, I. T., to May 3, 1880, — in the field to

(First Lieut., 23d Infantry, Mar. 20, 1879)

Colorado, to Sep., 1880, — Cantonment on Uncompahgre, Col., to Oct. 20, 1881, — Ft. Union, N. M., to Jan., 1882, — Ft. Bayard, N. M., to Dec. 30, 1882, — and Ft. Craig, N. M., to July 11, 1884; in garrison at Ft. Mackinac, Mich., to Sep. 24, 1884, — David's Island, N. Y., to July 1, 1887, — and Ft. Mackinac, Mich., to Mar. 3, 1889; and on duty in Rebellion Record Office, Washington, D. C., to –––––.

Vol. IV
p236
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

(Calvin Duvall Cowles)

Military History. — On duty in the War Records Office, Washington, D. C., March, 1889 to Sept. 1, 1895.

(Captain of Infantry, 23d Infantry, Jan. 31, 1891)

— Commanding company at Fort Clark, Tex., Jan. 3 to April 18, 1898. — In the field at New Orleans and Fort St. Philip, La., till May 8, 1898.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 1st North Carolina Volunteer Infantry,
May 11, 1898)

— In camp with regiment at Raleigh, N. C., May 11 to 22, 1898; at Jacksonville, Fla., May 23 to Oct. 24, 1898; at Savannah, Ga., Oct. 25 to Dec. 7, 1898; at Marianao, Havana, Cuba, Dec. 11 to March 25, 1899, and again at Savannah, Ga., March 28 to April 22, 1899, at which date the regiment was mustered out of the service.

(Honorably mustered out of Volunteer Service, April 22, 1899)

— On duty with recruits at Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., May 3, 1899 to ––––

(Major of Infantry, 17th Infantry, Aug. 14, 1899)

— Under orders to join regiment (23d Infantry) in the Philippine Islands.

Vol. V
p206
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — With the regiment in the Philippines March 17, 1900 to May 30, 1900. — Commanding Battalion under Colonel Jacob H. Smith, 17th Infantry, in attack and defeat of about 1,000 insurgents under General Mackabolus in the Zambales Mountains near Mayantoc, Tarlac, P. I., April 7, 1900. — Provost Judge at Bautista, April, 1900 to –––––. — D. S., Manila, P. I., Supervisor of Internal Revenue for Northern Luzon, May 30, 1900 to Sept. 9, 1901. — Rejoined regiment at Manila, Sept. 9, 1901. — Commanding Sub‑District and post of Davao, Mindanao, from Sept. 29, 1901 to May 31, 1902. — Left Davao June 1, 1902, en route to United States. — Commanding troops on board U. S. A. T. Sumner, June 19 to July 22, 1902, date of arrival at San Francisco, Cal. — Joined regiment at Vancouver Barracks, Wash., Aug. 1, 1902.

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Infantry, 4th Infantry, Oct. 18, 1902)

— Joined regiment at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Dec. 4, 1902. — Left with regiment en route to the Philippines, May, 1903. — Duty with regiment at Nueva Caceres, Ambos Camarines, July 3, 1903, to Sept., 1903, p207part of this time in command of regiment. — Duty with regiment at Legaspi and Camp Daraga, Albay, P. I., Sept., 1903, to April 11, 1905, part of this time in command of regiment.

(Colonel of Infantry, 5th Infantry, April 11, 1905)

— D. S., Manila, P. I., April 11, 1905 to June, 1905. — Left Philippine Islands June 16, 1905 and arrived at San Francisco, Cal., July 19, 1905. — Joined regiment at Plattsburg Barracks, N. Y., Aug. 7, 1905. — Commanding the regiment since that date. — Participated in maneuvers at Camp Roosevelt, Mount Gretna, Pa., 1906. — Accompanied regiment to Cuba, leaving U. S., Oct. 2, 1906, and arriving at Havana, Cuba, Oct. 6, 1906. — Commanding regiment and station at Cardenas, Cuba, Oct. 14, 1906, to –––––.

Vol. VI
p184
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Calvin Duvall Cowles, Born June 26, 1849.)

Military History. —

Colonel, 5th Infantry, April 11, 1905.

At Cardenas, Cuba, commanding regiment and station, Oct. 14, 1906, to February, 1909; returned to U. S. with regiment, commanded Army of Cuban Pacification in Inaugural Parade, Washington, D. C., March 4, 1909; at Plattsburg Bks., N. Y., commanding regiment and post, March 5, 1909, to May 31, 1913, during which time he commanded the troops at dedication of monument to Soldiers of the Regular Army at Gettysburg, Pa., May, 1909; commanded the troops at the Champlain Tercentenary Celebration, Plattsburg, N. Y., July, 1909; commanded the Military Tournament at Albany, N. Y., October, 1909; commanded the Department of the East, July 21‑25, 1910; participated in combined maneuvers at Pine Camp, N. Y., August, 1910; commanded Provisional Infantry Brigade (red) in Connecticut Maneuver Campaign, August, 1912, and on last day commanded left column, two brigades; commanded 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Regular Army, Feb. 15‑18, 1913.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, June 26, 1913,
By Operation of Law.

At Hartford, Conn., on active duty with National Guard of Connecticut, July 24, 1913, to May 20, 1919 (Inspector-instructor, Connecticut State Guard from Nov. 15, 1917); at Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., Professor of Military Science and Tactics, April 6 to Sept. 3, 1918, and commanding Students' Army Training Corps, Sept. 3, 1918, to Feb. 24, 1919.

Vol. VII
p116
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Colonel, 5th Infantry, Apr. 11, 1905.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, June 26, 1913,
By Operation of Law.

Service medals: Indian Wars, Spanish-American, Philippines, Cuban Occupation, Cuban Pacification, World War.

Societies: Colonial Wars, Sons of the American Revolution; Foreign War, Naval and Military Order of the Spanish-American War.

Degrees: Master of Arts, Honoris Causa, Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., June 23, 1919.

Vol. VIII
p48
[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., June 26, 1913.

Died, June 21,b 1937, at Hartford, Conn.: Aged 87.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1938.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.


Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Cowles' birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b Col. Cowles' tombstone, q.v., has June 22.


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