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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1882

Vol. III
p363
2959

(Born S. C.)

Charles P. Elliott

(Ap'd S. C.)

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Born Beaufort, SC.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1878, to June 13, 1882, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 13th Infantry, June 13, 1882.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Selden, N. M., Sep. 30, 1882, to

(Transferred to 4th Cavalry, June 7, 1883)

June 27, 1883, — in the field and at Ft. Cummings, N. M., to Feb. 9, 1884, — Ft. Bayard, N. M., to June 12, 1884, — Ft. Lowell, Ara., to July 22, 1884, — Special duty at San Carlos and Scouting in Arizona (commanding Company of Indian Scouts), to Oct. 31, 1885,b — Scouting in Arizona, to Apr. 28, 1886 (on sick leave of absence, to Oct. 28, 1886); — and Ft. Huachuca, Ara., to Nov. 1, 1887; on leave of absence, to Dec. 31, 1887; in garrison at Ft. Myer, Va., to Oct. 9, 1888; as Professor

(First Lieut., 4th Cavalry, Oct. 2, 1888)

of Military Science and Tactics at the University of South Carolina, Charleston, S. C., Oct. 11, 1888, to Mar. 1, 1889; and in garrison at Ft. Myer, Va., to –––––.

Vol. IV
p363
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

(Charles Pinckney Elliott)

Military History. — Served: At Fort Myer, Va., to Oct. 25, 1890; Fort Sherman, Ida., from Nov. 2, 1890 to May 9, 1891. — (Adjutant, 4th U. S. Cavalry, April 23 to Nov. 16, 1891.) — Fort Walla Walla, Wash., May 1 to Dec. 18, 1891. — On sick leave to July 1, 1893. — Conducting recruits to Department of Columbia to July 28, 1893; Vancouver Barracks, Wash., to July 28, 1893. — (In command of a party for the relief of lost citizens in the mountains of Idaho, from Nov. 8 to Dec. 3, 1893, and commended by General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Carlin for the successful rescue of the snowbound party,c and also mentioned in General Orders 59, A. G. O., Nov. 10, 1894, for skill, courage, fortitude, and energy displayed by him in his voluntary search for and rescue of a party of civilians lost in the Bitter Root Mountains, Ida., in Nov., 1893.) — Operating against strikers in the field from July 10 to 26, 1894. — On reconnoitering and exploring duty in the Bitter Root Mountains, Ida., from July 29 to Sept. 30, 1894. — On exploring duty, Mount St. Helen's, Wash., from July 2 to Nov. 20, 1896. — On sick leave to May 9, 1898. — Regimental recruiting duty to June 27, 1898. — Commanding Troop E, 4th U. S. Cavalry, at Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., to July 15, 1898. — En route to Philippine Islands, via Honolulu, H. I., to Aug. 22, 1898. — At Cavite Arsenal, P. I., to Sept. 11, 1898. — At Manila, P. I., to Sept. 30, 1898. — Commended in General Orders 41, A. G. O., April 20, 1891, the service in operations against hostile Indians in Arizona and Mexico, in 1884 and 1885. — Commended by General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.George Crook in his report of same operations.

Retired from Active Service, with the rank of Captain,
for disability in the line of duty, July 9, 1898.

Civil History. — Corresponding member of the National Geographic Society.

Vol. V
p338
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — Assistant Superintendent of Construction, West Point, New York, March, 1902; Superintendent of Construction, United States Indian Department, Western Navajo Indian Reservation, Tuba, Ariz., May, 1904 to Sept., 1905; Superintendent of Construction, U. S. Breakwater, San Pedro, Cal., April, 1906 to Nov., 1906; Civil Service Examiner, Los Angeles Fire Department, Feb., March and April, 1906; in charge of Marine Transportation, Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Glenn Exploring Expedition, Cook Inlet, Alaska, April to Sept., 1899;º Master of Marine Transportation, U. S. Quartermaster Department, Puget Sound, Washington, Sept., 1899 to March, 1900; Superintendent of construction, Granby Cotton Mill Co., Columbia, S. C., March to June, 1900.

Vol. VI
p342
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Charles Pinckney Elliott, Born March 15, 1860.)d

Military History. —

First Lieut., 4th Cavalry, Oct. 2, 1888

Captain, U. S. A., Retired, July 9, 1898,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

At Cavite and Manila, P. I., and en route to U. S. with 4th Cavalry, July 10 to Oct. 4, 1898; in Alaska with Glenn Exploring Expedition, March 23 to September, 1899; on recruiting duty at Spokane, Wash., Los Angeles, Cal., Baltimore, Md., and Savannah, Ga., Oct. 7, 1909, to Nov. 24, 1916; at Charleston, S. C., Assistant Instructor to Department Quartermaster,  p343 April 26 to Aug. 9, 1917; at New York, N. Y., Assistant to General Superintendent, Army Transport Service, May 16, 1918, to ––––

(Major, Quartermaster Corps, Oct. 25, 1918)

(Major, U. S. A., on Retired List, Dec. 29, 1918.)

Civil History. — At Seattle, Wash., Master of Marine Transportation, U. S. Quartermaster Department, September, 1899, to March, 1900; at Columbia, S. C., Superintendent of Construction, Granby Cotton Mill Co., March to June, 1900; at West Point, N. Y., Assistant Superintendent of Construction, March, 1902; at Tuba, Arizona, Superintendent of Construction, U. S. Indian Bureau, Western Navajo Reservation, May, 1904, to September, 1905; at San Pedro, Cal., Superintendent of Construction, U. S. Breakwater, April to November, 1906; at Los Angeles, Cal., Civil Service Examiner, Los Angeles Fire Department, February to April, 1906.

Vol. VII
p193
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1920]

Military History. —

Captain, U. S. A., Retired, July 9, 1898,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

At New York City, Assistant to General Superintendent, Army Transport Service, in charge of piers and terminals, Port of Embarkation, May 16, 1918, to

Major, Quartermaster Corps, U. S. A., Oct. 25, 1918.

Major, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 29, 1918.

Honorably Discharged From Quartermaster Corps Only, Mar. 3, 1919.

June 30, 1921, when Port of Embarkation was discontinued.

Civil History: — At Seattle, Wash., Master of Marine Transportation, U. S. Quartermaster Department, Sept. 1899 to Mar., 1900; at Columbia, S. C., Superintendent of Construction, Granby Cotton Co., Mar. to June, 1900; at West Point, N. Y., Assistant Superintendent of Construction, Mar., 1902; at Tuba, Ariz., Superintendent of Construction, U. S. Indian Bureau, Western Navajo Reservation, May, 1904, to Sept., 1905; at San Pedro, Calif., Superintendent of Construction, U. S. Breakwater, Apr. to Nov. 1906; at Los Angeles, Calif., Civil Service Examiner, Los Angeles Fire Dept., Feb. to Apr. 1906.

Vol. VIII
p64
[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Capt. Ret., July 9, 1898.

Maj. Ret., Dec. 29, 1918.

Vol. IX
p46
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Capt Ret 9 Jul 1898;

Maj Ret 29 Dec 18.

Died, May 17, 1943, at Seabrook, SC: Aged 83.

Portrait and obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.º

Buried, St. Helena's Episcopal Churchyard, Beaufort, SC.e


Thayer's Notes:

a Maj. Elliott's birthplace is from the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates.

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b Maj. Elliott has left us a personal memoir of his days at San Carlos, "An Indian Reservation under General George Crook" (Military Affairs 12:91‑102), vividly recounting several incidents in which he played a principal part: he is the provost officer mentioned in the account.

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c Gen. Carlin's son was among those rescued; see the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates, which is well worth reading for its account of this remarkable man.

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d The year of his birth differs from that given in his obituary (next note). The Official Register of Officers and Cadets of the U. S. Military Academy for 1879 confirms the year as 1860, where he is listed as having been admitted July 1, 1878, Age at date of Admission 18 Years 3 Months. The year is also given as 1860 in various print works (although I've found none so far that is both independent testimony and published during his lifetime).

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e Maj. Elliott's burial place is given by the following article in the Beaufort Gazette, May 27, 1943:

Major Elliott Disappeared On His
Boat Monday On Fishing Trip
Bogged Down In Marsh Trying
Reachº His Boat Was Drowned

The body of Major Charles Pinckney Elliot, retired, 84 years old, was found Saturday afternoon in the marsh near Seabrook. Death was apparently caused by drowning.

Major Elliott, who lived alone, went out on a fishing trip Monday and was not missed until Thursday. After that a widespread search was made on Broad river. His boat was located about noon Saturday. Shortly afterwards his dog returned to the house. The body was found near where the boat was recovered.

It seems that he docked his boat and went out on the bank and in an attempt to get back in his boat he bogged down in the marsh and remained until the tide probably swept in over him.

Major Elliott was born March 15, 1859,º son of General Stephen Elliott, who fought at Fort Sumter in the War Between the States. Major Elliott graduated from West Point about sixty years ago. He served in World War No. 1 and volunteered to active duty in the present war, but was rejected because of his age.

Funeral services were held at 5 P.M. Monday at St. Helena's Episcopal Church and interment was in the churchyard. He was a double first cousin of the late William Elliott of Columbia, other double first cousins Mrs. J. Sumter Moore and Mrs. W. B. Smith Whaley, of Columbia, three sons, Charles P., Jr., Stephen and Nathaniel R. Elliott. Major Elliott has many friends in Beaufort who regret to learn of his death. He was a familiar figure on the streets meeting his old friends.


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