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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1878

Vol. III
p305
2751

(Born Ky.)

Nat P. Phistera

(Ap'd Ky.)

35

Born Maysville, KY.b

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

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

Second Lieut., 1st Infantry, June 28, 1878.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Randall, Dak., Sep. 28, 1878, to May 31, 1880, — San Antonio, Tex., to Aug. 4, 1880, — Myers Spring, Tex., to Apr. 30, 1881, — Ft. Stockton, Tex., to Jan. 18, 1882 (leave of absence, to May 15, 1882), — Ft. Grant, Ara., to Aug. 10, 1882, — Ft. Mojave, Ara., to July 25, 1883, — Ft. Grant, Ara., to Mar. 5, 1884, — and

(First Lieut., 1st Infantry, Dec. 14, 1883)

 p306  Ft. Mojave, Ara., to May 3, 1886; on leave of absence, to Sep. 21, 1886; and in garrison at the Presidio of San Francisco, Cal. (Camp at Santa Cruz, Cal., July 5 to Sep. 13, 1887), to Oct. 12, 1887, — Benicia Barracks, Cal. (Camp at Santa Cruz, Cal., June 21 to Sep. 2, 1888), to July 6, 1889, — Camp near Monterey, Cal., to Sep. 22, 1889, — and Angel Island, Cal., to –––––.

Vol. IV
p303
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Served: At Angel Island, Cal., Jan. 1, 1890 to Oct. 10, 1890. — Commanding Fort Bidwell, Cal., to May 25, 1891. — With regiment, Angel Island, Cal., to Sept. 1, 1891. — Student, U. S. Infantry and Cavalry School, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to June 1, 1893 (graduate, 1893). — Leave of absence to Oct. 1, 1893. — With regiment to Oct. 20, 1894.

(Captain of Infantry, 1st Infantry, Nov. 4, 1896)

— Instructor, U. S. Infantry and Cavalry School, to Sept. 1, 1897. — On sick leave to Nov. 1, 1897. — With regiment at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., to April 20, 1898. — At Tampa to May 12, 1898. — On "Gussie" expedition to May 18, 1898. — At Port Tampa to June 14, 1898. — Served in Santiago expedition and campaign. — Participated in battles of El Caney, and battles of July 2 and 10 about Santiago. — In trenches to surrender, July 14. — At San Luis to July 31. — Commanding at Palma Soriano, Cuba, to Aug. 18, 1898. — With regiment on transport and at Montauk Point to Sept. 10, 1898. — In hospital and on sick leave to Nov. 1, 1898. — With regiment at Huntsville, Ala., to Jan. 1, 1899. — With regiment en route to and at Pinar del Rio, Cuba, to April 23, 1899. — (Commanded battalion in all service with regiment after July 12, 1898.) — On leave of absence, April 23 to July 3, 1899. — On recruiting duty (Cincinnati, O.), July 3, 1899 to ––––

Vol. V
p280
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Served: On recruiting duty (Cincinnati, O.), July 3, 1899 to Oct. 1, 1899; duty with regiment at Pinar del Rio, Cuba, to Aug., 1900; en route to and duty in Philippines, to Oct., 1901; recruiting service, to Nov., 1903; duty with regiment at Fort Logan, Colorado, to Jan., 1906; on duty with regiment in Philippines, to April 19, 1908; commanding Fort Assinniboine, Montana, April 25 to May, 1908.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 30th Infantry, May 9, 1908)

— En route to and in the Philippines, May, 1908 to –––––.

Vol. VI
p258
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Nat Poyntz Phister, Born April 12, 1854.)

Military History. —

Lieut.‑Colonel, 30th Infantry, May 9, 1908.

Joined regiment at Fort William McKinley, P. I., Aug. 5, 1908, and remained in the Philippines to July 16, 1909 (commanded regiment Sept. 15 to Nov. 13, 1908); en route to U. S., July 16 to Aug. 12, 1909; commanding regiment, Aug. 24, 1909, to April 9, 1910; with regiment on Mexican border from March 13, 1911.

Died, May 9, 1911, at San Diego, Cal.: Aged 57.

Battles, engagements, etc.: Point Arbolitos, Cuba, May, 1898; El Caney, July 1, 1898; Santiago de Cuba, July 1 to 10, 1898; recommended and nominated for Brevet Major, for gallantry in action at Point Arbolitos, and for Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel for meritorious service in the presence of the enemy, Santiago, July 1, 1898.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1911.

Buried, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA.


Thayer's Notes:

a The Register prints Nat. (with a period) thruout, leading one to expect it to be short for Nathaniel; but the listing in Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army has just plain Nat; and so his tombstone, q.v.

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b Lt. Phister's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.


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