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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1878

Vol. III
p297
2722

(Born O.)

James S. Pettit

(Ap'd O.)

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Born Aug. 4, 1856, New Lisbon, OH.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1874, to June 13, 1878, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Infantry, June 14, 1878.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Sully, Dak., Oct. 3, 1878, to Aug. 24, 1879, — Ft. Meade, Dak.to May 13, 1880, — Ft. Randall, Dak., to May 31, 1880, and San Antonio, Tex., to Aug., 1880; at the Military Academy as Assistant Professor of Drawing, Aug. 28, 1880, to Aug. 28, 1884, and Assistant Instructor of Tactics, Sep. 5, 1882, to June, 1883;

(First Lieut., 1st Infantry, Sep. 15, 1882)

on frontier duty at Ft. Grant, Ara., to June 1, 1885, — Ft. Apache, Ara., to July, 1885, — Camp at Lang's Ranch, N. M., to June, 1886, — and Ft. Bowie, Ara., to Aug., 1886; in garrison at Benicia Barracks, Cal. (leave of absence, Sep. 27 to Nov. 26, 1886, and sick leave, to Mar. 26, 1887), to Oct. 15, 1887, — and Angel Island, Cal., to Aug. 1, 1888; on leave of absence, to Aug. 28, 1888; and at the Military Academy as Assistant Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, Aug. 28, 1888, to –––––.

Vol. IV
p295
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. —

(Captain of Infantry, 1st Infantry, Oct. 22, 1891)

Served: At U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., Instructor in Philosophy, 1888 to 1892; Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Yale University, Aug., 1892 to Aug., 1896; at Benicia Barracks, Cal., Oct., 1896 p296to Nov., 1897; at Presidio, Cal., Nov., 1897 to April 20, 1898; New Orleans, Tampa, Fla., from April 20 to May 6, 1898.

(Major and Asst. Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers,
May 12, 1898 — Declined)

(Colonel, 4th U. S. Volunteer Infantry, May 20, 1898)

— Organizing and drilling regiment in camp at Fredericksburg, Va., from June 1 to Aug. 17, 1898; from Aug. 17 to Oct. 10, in camp with regiment at Jacksonville, Fla. ; Oct. 10, 1898, sailed for Cuba; on duty in Cuba as Military and Civil Governor, District of Manzanillo, from Oct. 18, 1898 to ––––

(Honorably mustered out of Volunteer Service, June 18, 1899)

(Colonel, 31st U. S. Volunteer Infantry, July 5, 1899)

(Major of Infantry, 1st Infantry, June 18, 1900)

Vol. V
p272
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Served: In Cuba as Military and Civil Governor, District of Manzanillo, from Oct. 18, 1898 to April, 1899; Camp Meade, Pa., to June 8, 1899; commanding regiment at Fort Thomas, Ky., from July, 1899 to Aug., 1899; en route to Philippine Islands, to Nov., 1899; commanding regiment in Mindanao (commanding District Mindanao and Jolo, Feb. to April 2, 1900, and from July 31, 1900 to May 14, 1901), to May, 1901; commanding 3d District, Department of Mindanao and Jolo, May and June, 1901; assigned to Inspector-General's Department, July 23, 1901; commanding 2d District, Department Mindanao; in the field, June 28 to July 17, 1901; Inspector-General, Department of Mindanao and Jolo; Collector of Customs at Zamboanga, to Nov., 1901; Inspector-General, 7th Separate Brigade, to Oct. 15, 1902; en route to U. S., to Nov. 29, 1902; on leave, to Jan. 26, 1903; on duty in Inspector-General's Office, Washington, D. C., Jan. 26, 1903 to June 25, 1903; on duty in Adjutant-General's Office, Washington, D. C.

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Infantry, Aug. 11, 1903)

— Assigned to Adjutant-General's Department, Aug. 21, 1903; designation changed Military Secretary's Department, April 23, 1904 to Sept. 16, 1904; on leave and sick leave, from Sept. 17, 1904 to Jan. 19, 1905; Military Secretary Southwestern Division, Oklahoma City, O. T., Jan. 19 to July 20, 1905; on leave, from July 21, 1905; relieved in Military Secretary's Department, Aug. 3, 1905; Assigned to 8th Infantry, Aug. 11, 1905 to Sept. 21, 1905; on duty with District of Columbia Militia, from Sept. 22, 1905 to Sept. 4, 1906.

Died in Washington, D. C., Sept. 4, 1906: Aged 50.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1908, for an obituary notice.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.


Thayer's Note:

a Col. Pettit's birth data are from his AOG obituary.


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