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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1879

Vol. III
p322
2804

(Born Pa.)

Walter L. Finley

(Ap'd Pa.)

45

Born Philadelphia, PA.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1875, to June 13, 1879, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 9th Cavalry, June 13, 1879.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Bayard, N. M., and Scouting in New Mexico, Sep. 29, 1879, to Jan. 5, 1880, being engaged with Apaches, Oct. 28, 1879, — in the field in New Mexico, to Mar. 28, 1881, being engaged with Apaches, Jan. 12 and Feb. 17 and 28, 1880, — Ft. Stanton, N. M., and in the field, to Nov. 19, 1881, — Ft. Sill, I. T. (leave of absence, Jan. 21 to Mar. 4, 1882, and Conducting Recruits to Department of the Missouri, to May 10, 1882), to July 16, 1883, — in the field and at Ft.

(First Lieut., 9th Cavalry, Oct. 25, 1883)

Gibson, I. T. to Oct. 31, 1883, — Ft. Sill, I. T., to Nov. 18, 1883, — Ft. Riley, Kan. (leave of absence, Jan. 28 to Apr. 28, 1884), to June 10, 1884, — in the Oklahoma Country (as Acting Asst. Adjutant-General of the District of Oklahoma, June 10 to Nov. 6, 1884, and Feb. to May, 1885), to May 12, 1885, — Ft. Riley, Kan., to June 11, 1885, — Ft. McKinney, Wy., to Oct. 5, 1886, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. (leave of absence, Nov. 12, 1886, to Jan. 12, 1887), to Jan. 21, 1889, — Ft. Robinson, Neb., to –––––; and Regimental Adjutant, Feb. 1, 1889, to –––––.

Vol. IV
p316
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Served: As Adjutant, 9th Cavalry, to April 22, 1891. — Participated, as Adjutant, with regiment in Sioux campaign of 1890‑91.

(Captain of Cavalry, 9th Cavalry, April 22, 1891)

 p317  — Quartermaster and Commissary, and commanding escort of International Boundary Survey between U. S. and Mexico during autumn and winter of 1891‑92. — Recruiting service, Chattanooga, Ten., 1892‑93. — On duty with National Guard of Maryland from Nov. 27, 1894 to May 10, 1898. — Relieved, at his own request, to join his regiment at Port Tampa, Fla. — Served during Santiago campaign in Spanish-American

(Major, 1st Maryland Volunteer Infantry, May, 1898 — Declined)1

war, in command of Troop B; in action before Santiago, July 10 and 11, 1898. — Returned with regiment to Montauk Point. — On duty with troop at Fort Grant, Ariz., to ––––

Vol. V
p296
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Unknown, no information having been received.

(Major, 11th Cavalry, Feb. 28, 1901)

— A. A. G., by detail, Dec. 8, 1902; assigned to 9th Cavalry, Dec. 8, 1906.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 13th Cavalry, April 18, 1907)

Vol. VI
p277
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Walter Lowrie Finley, Born Jan. 21, 1857.)

Military History. —

Captain, 9th Cavalry, April 22, 1891

At Fort Grant, Arizona, with troop, to July 28, 1900; en route to Philippines to Sept. 16, 1900; at Nueva Caceres, commanding troop, Oct. 9, 1900, to

(Major, 11th Cavalry, Feb. 28, 1901)

May, 1901; (commanding Squadron, Oct. 9, 1900, to Jan. 1, 1901); en route to U. S., May 18 to June 9, 1901; at Fort Myer, Va.,º commanding Squadron, June 18, 1901, to Jan. 20, 1902; en route to Philippines via Suez Canal, Jan. 21 to March 21, 1902; at Vigan, P. I., commanding  p278 Squadron, March 29 to Aug. 5, 1902; Acting Inspector-General, Second Separate Brigade, Aug. 11, 1902, to

(Major, Adjutant-General, by Detail, Dec. 8, 1902)

Dec. 9, 1902; Adjutant-General, Department of the Visayas, Dec. 22, 1902, to Dec. 14, 1903; en route to U. S. to Jan. 14, 1904; Adjutant-General Department of Texas, Jan. 21, 1904, to Dec. 8, 1906, when he was relieved from detail in Adjutant-General's Department and

(Assigned to 9th Cavalry, Dec. 8, 1906)

at Fort Riley, Kans., commanding 1st Squadron and Cavalry Sub‑post, Dec. 13, 1906, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 13th Cavalry, April 18, 1907)

July 22, 1907; at Fort Sheridan, Ill., commanding post, July 23, 1907, to May 23, 1908; Chief of Staff, Department of the Lakes, May 28, 1908, to Jan. 1, 1909; Chief of Staff, Department of California, Jan. 5, 1909, to July 5, 1910, when he was relieved as member of the General Staff Corps; en route to Philippines to Aug. 2, 1910; at Camp McGrath, P. I., commanding regiment, Aug. 5 to Dec. 31, 1910; at Fort William McKinley, P. I., commanding regiment, Jan. 1 to March 14, 1911; en route to U. S., to April 11, 1911; at Fort Riley, Kans., commanding regiment at different times between May 20 and July 1, 1911; detailed in Inspector-General's Department, March 5 and relieved therefrom April 11, 1911, having performed no duties in the office; at Fort Riley, Kans., July 1 to

(Colonel of Cavalry, Sept. 11, 1911)

Sept. 13, 1911; on leave of absence to Dec. 14, 1911; at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., commanding 1st Cavalry, Dec. 14, 1911 to May 19, 1912;

(Assigned to 1st Cavalry, Aug. 29, 1912)

at Presidio of Monterey, Cal., commanding regiment, from Dec. 10, 1913; at San Francisco, Cal., sick, May 5 to Aug. 6, 1914, and in Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D. C., Aug. 10 to Dec. 13, 1914.

Died Dec. 13, 1914, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 57.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1916.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.


The Author's Note:

1 This appointment is not recorded in the Army Registers of 1900 and 1901.


Thayer's Note:

a Col. Finley's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.


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