[image ALT: Much of my site will be useless to you if you've got the images turned off!]
mail:
Bill Thayer

[image ALT: Cliccare qui per una pagina di aiuto in Italiano.]
Italiano

[Link to a series of help pages]
Help
[Link to the next level up]
Up
[Link to my homepage]
Home

This site is not affiliated with the US Military Academy.

[decorative delimiter]
USMA
Home

 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1886

Vol. III
p392
3097

(Born Pa.)

Henry C. Newcomer

(Ap'd Ill.)

1

Born Upton, PA.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1882, to July 1, 1886, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1886.

Served: with Engineer Battalion at Willet's Point, N. Y., Sep. 20, 1886, to Aug. 28, 1889; as Assistant Instructor in Submarine Mining

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 23, 1888)

at the Engineer School of Application, Feb. to Aug. 28, 1889; and as Assistant to Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Mendell, since Sept. 4, 1889.

Vol. IV
p412
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Served under the immediate orders of Colonel Geo. H. Mendell, Corps of Engineers, at San Francisco, Cal., to Aug. 20, p4131892. — As Instructor, Department of Engineering, U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., Aug. 20, 1892 to Aug. 1, 1894; as Assistant Professor, same Department, Aug. 1, 1894 to Aug. 13, 1896; since Aug. 15, 1896, at Memphis, Ten., in charge of 3d District, improving Mississippi River;

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, July 31, 1897)

also Engineer and Inspector of 16th Lighthouse District since May 28, 1898, and in charge of works of river improvement in Little Rock District from Sept. 14, 1898 to ––––

Vol. V
p379
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Served: in charge of works of river improvement in Little Rock District, from Sept. 14, 1898 to Jan. 3, 1900; at Washington, D. C., as Assistant to Engineer Commissioner, District of Columbia, in charge of Surface Division, Jan. 14, 1900 to Dec. 24, 1903; at Washington Barracks, D. C., in command of Company E, 2d Battalion of Engineers, Dec. 24, 1903 to

(Major, Corps of Engineers, April 23, 1904)

May 16, 1904; at Chattanooga, Tenn., in charge of the Chattanooga District, Engineer Department, from May 31, 1904, and of the Nashville District, from Aug. 10, 1904 to Feb. 23, 1907; at Pittsburg, Pa., in charge of the Pittsburg District, from March 6, 1907 to –––––; member of Board of Engineers for rivers and harbors, from Jan. 9, 1904 to Aug. 13, 1904, and from Dec. 21, 1908 to March 31, 1909.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 9, 1910)

Vol. VI
p410
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Henry Clay Newcomer, Born April 3, 1861.)b

Military History. —

Major, Corps of Engineers, April 23, 1904.

At Pittsburgh, Pa., in charge of Pittsburgh Engineer District, March 6, 1907, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 9, 1910)

Aug. 10, 1912; Member of Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors, March 12 to 25, 1910; June 13, 1910, to June 10, 1911; and Nov. 10, 1911, to . . . . . . . . . ;º Division Engineer of Central Division, July 1, 1910, to Nov. 1, 1914; at Washington, D. C., Resident Member of Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors, Aug. 12, 1912, to

(Colonel, Corps of Engineers, May 2, 1915)

June 30, 1916; temporarily in charge of Washington Engineer District and of Washington Aqueduct, Jan. 4 to March 14, 1914; Oct. 31, 1914, to Feb. 10, 1915, and March 12 to July 31, 1915; Assistant to Chief of Engineers, July 1, 1916, to Aug. 6, 1918; Assistant Director of Chemical Warfare Service, Aug. 6, 1918, to

(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Aug. 8, 1918)

Jan. 6, 1919; on temporary duty in office of Chief of Engineers to

(Returned to Grade of Colonel, Feb. 5, 1919)

March 7, 1919; at Honolulu, Hawaii, in charge of Engineer District, Department Engineer, Hawaiian Department, and commanding 3rd Engineers, March 24, 1919, to ––––

Member of numerous special boards during this period; the most important being the Ohio River Board and the Experimental Towboat Board.

Vol. VII
p229
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Colonel, Corps of Engineers, May 2, 1915.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Aug. 8, 1918.

Returned to Grade of Colonel, Feb. 5, 1919.

At Honolulu, Hawaii, in charge of Engineer District, Department Engineer, Hawaiian Department, and commanding 3rd Engineers, Mar. 24, 1919, to Aug., 1920; at New Orleans, La., Division Engineer, Gulf Division, Sept., 1920, to June, 1922; at New York City, Division Engineer, Northeast Division Member of Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors, and of New York Harbor Line Board, in charge of Second New York District and Porto Rico District, June, 1922, to Dec. 3, 1924; on leave of absence to Apr. 3, 1925.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Apr. 3, 1925,
By Operation of Law.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, June 21, 1930,
Act of June 21, 1930.

Civil History: — Director, Union Trust Company, Washington, D. C., 1926, to ––––

Vol. VIII
p70
[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., Apr. 3, 1925.

Brig.‑Gen., Ret., June 21, 1930.

Civil History: — Director, Union Trust Company, Washington, D. C., 1926, to ––––– Member Board of Trustees, Colombia Institution for the deaf, D. C., 1931, to –––––; Regional Vice President, American Unitarian Association, Boston, Mass., May, 1937 to May, 1939.

Vol. IX
p49
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Col Ret 3 Apr 25

Brig Gen Ret 21 Jun 30

Civil History: — Director, Union Trust Company, Washington, DC, 26‑46; Member, Board of Trustees, Columbia Institution for the Deaf, DC, 31‑44. 1603 Irving St, Washington 10 DC

Died 1952: Aged 95.c

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.


Thayer's Notes:

a Gen. Newcomer's birthplace is from his biographical entry in the Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois (1909), II.972.

[decorative delimiter]

b The date of Gen. Newcomer's birth is from his biographical entry in the Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois (1909), II.972. Online sources are about evenly split, however, between February 3 and April 3.

[decorative delimiter]

c Gen. Newcomer died after the publication of Vol. IX (1950), the most recent volume of the Supplements to Cullum's Register available to me, which may also be the most recent volume in the public domain. The year of his death is from the Arlington Cemetery website, q.v. His page at Find-a‑Grave, q.v., gives the exact date of his death as Dec. 3, 1952, citing the interment records of Arlington National Cemetery.


[image ALT: Valid HTML 4.01.]

Page updated: 9 May 14