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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1885

Vol. III

(Born Switz'd.)

Cornelis De W. Willcox1

(Ap'd Ga.)


Born Geneva, Switzerland.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1881, to June 14, 1885, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, June 14, 1885.

Served: in garrison at St. Augustine, Fla., Oct. 3, 1885, to July 23, 1887, — Jackson Barracks, La., to Aug. 15, 1887, — St. Augustine, Fla. (on Rifle Competition in Aug. and Sep., 1888), to May 23, 1889, — and Ft. Adams, R. I., to [image ALT: an underscored blank]

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

(Cornélis De Witt Willcox)

Military History. — Served: At Fort Adams, R. I. (on Rifle Competition, Aug. and Sept., 1889), to Sept. 1, 1890; Artillery School for Practice, Fort Monroe, Va. (Graduate, 1892),

(First Lieut. of Artillery, 2d Artillery, Sept. 30, 1891)

to Aug. 1, 1892; at U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., Instructor, Department of Modern Languages, to Oct. 6, 1892; as Assistant Professor of the Spanish Language to Dec. 31, 1892; as Assistant Professor of the French Language to Aug. 17, 1893; as Assistant Professor of the Spanish p400Language to Aug. 13, 1896. — At Fort Adams, R. I. (on Board to examine candidates for classification as gunners, April and May, 1897), to June 29, 1897. — On duty in the Military Information Division, Adjutant-General's Office, Washington, D. C.,

(Transferred to 7th Artillery, March 8, 1898)

(Captain and Asst. Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers,
May 12, 1898)

to June 6, 1898. — Served at Camp Alger, Va., to June 22, 1898. — Before Santiago de Cuba to July 26, 1898. — In quarantine on Egmont Key, Fla., to Aug. 9, 1898. — On sick leave of absence from Sept. 5 to Nov. 4, 1898. — On duty in the Military Information Division, Adjutant-General's Office, from Nov. 1, 1898 to ––––

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, April 7, 1899)

(Captain of Artillery, 4th Artillery, July 15, 1900)

Civil History. — Author of a French-English Military Technical Dictionary, 1899. — Member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of the United States Artillery, Jan. to June, 1892, and occasional contributor to that Journal, and to the Journal of the Military Service Institution.

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

Military History. — Served: On duty in the Military Information Division, Adjutant-General's Office, Washington, D. C., to Aug. 13, 1900; at U. S. Military Academy, as Assistant Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, Aug. 13, 1900 to Aug. 13, 1904; Acting Professor, Feb. 18 to June 1, 1901; at Fort De Soto, Florida, in command of post, from Aug. 16, 1904 to Dec. 15, 1905; Observer at Joint Army and Navy Exercises, Fort Monroe, Va., June, 1905; at Fort Monroe, Va., Dec. 15, 1905 to June 30, 1906; transferred to the General Staff, April 14, 1906 and assigned to the War Department, General Staff, joining, July 1, 1906; General Staff Observer at Camp Chickamauga, Ga., Sept., 1906.

(Major, Coast Artillery Corps, Jan. 25, 1907)

— Redetailed, General Staff, on promotion, March 15, 1907; member of Mission to attend Imperial Maneuvers in Germany, Sept., 1907, at Cassel; in Philippines, Nov. 1, 1908 to –––––; as Chief of the Military Information Division to –––––.

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

(Born Feb. 26, 1861.)

Military History. —

Major, Artillery Corps, Jan. 25, 1907.

In Philippines, Chief of Military Information Division, Nov. 1, 1908, to Aug. 15, 1910; (Division Artillery Inspector, 1909 to Aug. 15, 1910);

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Professor of Modern Languages, U. S. M. A., Sept. 18, 1910)

at U. S. Military Academy, Head of Department of Modern Languages since Sept. 18, 1910;

(Colonel and Professor of Modern Languages, U. S. M. A.,
July 1, 1914; Act of Aug. 9, 1912)

Ordered Oct. 6, 1917, to report for Staff Duty to Commanding General, U. S. Forces in France; sailed Nov. 19, 1917, and reported at General Hdqrs., American Expeditionary Force, Chaumont, France, Dec. 2; assigned to duty in Historical Section, office Chief of Staff, Dec. 4, 1917; relieved Dec. 18, 1917, and ordered to French General Hdqrs., for duty as Chief of the American Mission; sick at Cannes, Feb. 27 to April 13, 1918, (operation for appendicitis); on account of this operation, relieved from duty with American Expeditionary Force, June 7 and returned to station at West Point, N. Y., June 30, 1918.

Officier d'Académie; Officer of the Legion of Honor; Awarded Croix de Guerre, with Palm.

Service Medals: Spanish War; Army of Cuban Occupation.

Civil History. — Author of The Headhunters of Northern Luzon, (1912); of supplement to French-English Military Dictionary, (1917); of War French, (1917). Translated from the Spanish manuscript for Georgia Historical Society the Letters of Montiano during the Siege of St. Augustine, (1909); and the Spanish official account (manuscript) of the attack on the Colony of Georgia, (1913); compiled and edited a Reader of Scientific and Technical Spanish, (1913); contributor to New International Encyclopedia (military articles); co‑editor, International Military Digest, (1915).

Phi Beta Kappa, University of Georgia; Officier d'Académie; honorary member, Georgia Society of the Cincinnati, 1918.

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Professor of Modern Languages, U. S. M. A., Sept. 18, 1910.

At U. S. Military Academy, Head of Department of Modern Languages, Sept. 18, 1910, to

Colonel and Professor of Modern Languages, U. S. M. A.,
July 1, 1914.

Feb. 26, 1925.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Feb. 26, 1925,
By Operation of Law.

Awarded Officier d'Académie, Officer of the Legion of Honor; Croix de Guerre, with palm; Commander of the order of the Sacred Treasure, Japan.

Civil History: — Traveled in North Africa, South America and in Europe (chiefly in France).

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., Feb. 26, 1925.

Died, Jan. 18, 1938, at Naples, Italy: Aged 76.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1938.º

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Professor Cyprion Willcox, State University of Georgia.

Thayer's Note:

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

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