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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1877

Vol. III

(Born Pa.)

Fred W. Foster

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born Nov. 21, 1853, Harford, PA.a1

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1873, to June 14, 1877, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 5th Cavalry, June 15, 1877.

Served: on leave of absence and awaiting orders, June 15 to Dec. 30, 1877; and on frontier duty at Camp Brown, Wy., Dec. 30, 1877, to May 15, 1878, — Ft. McKinney, Wy., June 3, 1878, to Aug. 7, 1879 (leave of absence, to Nov. 25, 1879), — Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy., to May 3, 1880, — Ft. Robinson, Neb., to July 15, 1880, — Ft. Laramie, Wy., (leave of absence, Nov. 25, 1881, to Jan. 28, 1882), to Apr. 7, 1883, — Ft. Sidney, Neb., to July 23, 1883, — Ft. Niobrara, Neb., to May 8, 1885,

(First Lieut., 5th Cavalry, Apr. 1, 1885)

— and Ft. Reno, I. T. (in the Oklahoma Country, July 30 to Aug. 14, 1886, and on Rifle Competition, to Oct. 12, 1886), to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Reno, I. T. (on leave, April to Sept., 1890), to June 21, 1893 (Regimental Quartermaster, Oct. 1, 1890 to Oct. 1, 1894); at Fort McIntosh, Tex., to June 13, 1894; at Fort Sam Houston, Tex.,

(Captain of Cavalry, 5th Cavalry, Oct. 14, 1896)

to May 14, 1898; at Mobile, Ala., and Tampa, Fla., to Aug., 1898; at Huntsville, Ala., to Jan., 1899; en route to and at Cayey, Puerto Rico, to Sept. 27, 1899; on detached duty to Nov. 21, 1899; on duty at Washington, D. C., as member of Board to consider and report upon rations in tropical climates, Dec. 20, 1899 to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: On duty at Washington, D. C., as member of Board to consider and report upon rations in tropical climates, Dec. 20, 1899 to July 24, 1900; at Fort Myer, Va., July 24, 1900 to Mar. 10, 1901; on Board of Officers experimenting with emergency rations at Fort Reno, O. T., from Aug. 15, 1900 to Jan. 12, 1901; en route to Manila, P. I., Mar. 10 to April 19, 1901; at Tanay, P. I., to Sept. 15, 1901; en route to U. S. and at Buffalo on general recruiting service to Mar. 30, 1903; at Fort Apache, Ariz., to July 8, 1904.

(Major, 5th Cavalry, July 8, 1904)

— On leave one month and at army maneuvers in Virginia to Aug. 24, 1904; on leave to Nov. 15, 1904; at Whipple Barracks, Ariz., commanding post and 2d Squadron to July 15, 1906; on D. S. at Kansas City, Mo., superintending manufacture of emergency rations to April 27, 1906; en route to and at Manoeuvre Camp, Fort D. A. Russell, Wyo., Sept. 10, 1906; commanding Provisional Squadron, 5th Cavalry, from July 15 to Oct. 1, 1906; at Whipple Barracks, commanding post to Nov. 25, 1908; commanding regiment, Nov. 1 to 15; on D. S. member of Board of Officers to meet at Hawaiian Islands, Nov. 2, 1908 to Jan. 15, 1909; on duty with regiment, commanding 3d Squadron, to –––––.

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

(Fred Waldron Foster, Born Nov. 21, 1852.)a2

Military History. —

Major, 5th Cavalry, July 8, 1904.

In Hawaii commanding 3rd Squadron of regiment, Jan. 15 to Aug. 3, 1909; en route to U. S. and on leave to Dec. 6, 1909; at Schofield Bks., Hawaii, commanding 3rd Squadron, Dec. 12, 1909, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 5th Cavalry, March 3, 1911)

March 3, 1911, and with regiment to June 28, 1911.

Died, June 28,b 1911, at Honolulu, Hawaii: Aged 58.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1912.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a1 a2 Col. Foster's birthplace is from his AOG obituary; the year of his birth is given as 1852 in the Register, but 1853 on his tombstone, q.v.

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b The date of Col. Foster's death is given as June 29 on his tombstone, q.v.

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