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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1888

Vol. III
p417
3239

(Born Cal.)

Charles H. McKinstry1

(Ap'd Cal.)

2

Born San Francisco, CA.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1884, to June 11, 1888, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Add. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 11, 1888.

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 22, 1888.

Served with Battalion of Engineers at Willet's Point, N. Y., since Sep. 30, 1888, and under instruction at the Engineer School of Application.

Vol. IV
p459
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

(Charles Hedges McKinstry)

Military History. — Graduated from U. S. Engineer School of Application, Willets Point, N. Y., May, 1891.

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Oct. 11, 1892)

Served: Assistant Instructor in Department of Practical Military Engineering, U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., and on duty with Company E, p460Battalion of Engineers, May, 1891 until June, 1893. — Assistant to Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.James F. Gregory, Corps of Engineers, on improvement of rivers and harbors on western shore of Lake Michigan and Fox and Wisconsin rivers, June, 1893 until Oct., 1894. — Assistant to Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Clinton B. Sears, Corps of Engineers, on improvement of rivers and harbors on Lake Superior, Oct., 1894 until Oct., 1895. — Assistant to Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Daniel W. Lockwood, Corps of Engineers, on improvement of rivers and harbors in southeastern Massachusetts, in Rhode Island, and in eastern Connecticut, and on defenses of Narragansett Bay and New Bedford, Oct., 1895 until Jan., 1898. — In charge of works for defense of Key West, Fla., and of improvement of harbor at Key West, including entrance thereto, from Jan., 1898 until ––––

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, July 5, 1898)

Vol. V
p416
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Served: In charge of works for defense of Key West, Fla., and of improvement of harbor at Key West, including entrance thereto, from Feb. 1, 1898 to May 24, 1900; in charge of the improvement and defensive works of Cumberland Sound and river and harbor works in Florida, May 31, 1899 to May 24, 1900, and of the defensive works on the east coast of Florida and at Key West, and of river and harbor works in Florida, Sept. 24, 1900 to March 27, 1901; commanding Company K, 3d Battalion of Engineers, and on duty at the Engineer School, Fort Totten, N. Y., from March 30, 1901 to Nov. 7, 1901; Instructor of Civil Engineering at the Engineer School, May 3 to Nov. 7, 1901; in temporary charge of that portion of Engineer Depot left at Willets Point, N. Y., Oct. 7 to Nov. 7, 1901; Instructor of Civil Engineering, Engineer School of Application, Washington Barracks, D. C., from Nov. 10, 1901 to Nov. 13, 1903; Instructor of Practical Astronomy, Engineer School of Application, from May 5, 1902, until Nov. 13, 1903; on temporary duty at New London, Conn., under the immediate orders of Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Powell, in connection with combined Army and Navy maneuvers, July 8 to Sept. 8, 1902; at Los Angeles, Cal., in charge of fortification and river and harbor works of Southern California, Nov. 19, 1903 to Feb. 10, 1906; Engineer, 12th Lighthouse District, from Oct. 20, 1905 to –––––; at San Francisco, Cal., in charge of works for the defense of San Francisco Bay, from Feb. 11, 1906 to –––––.

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Jan. 1, 1906)

— Member of Board of Engineers for rivers and harbors, July 28, 1902 to Dec. 1, 1903; member of the California Debris Commission to regulate hydraulic mining in the State of California, from Oct. 12, 1905 to –––––; member of various Boards on river and harbor improvement, searchlight installations, horizontal base lines for approved system of artillery fire control and direction for Fort Rosecrans, Cal.; for artillery and submarine defense projects for San Diego and San Pedro Harbors; for the examination for promotion of certain officers of the Corps of Engineers; for consideration of questions pertaining to protection of seacoast forts from attack by land, and upon details of fire control construction in the Artillery District of San Francisco; Chief Engineer Officer, Pacific Division, March 8 to May 11, 1906.

Vol. VI
p486
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Charles Hedges McKinstry, Born Dec. 9, 1866.)

Military History. —

Major, Corps of Engineers, Jan. 1, 1906.

At San Francisco, Cal., Chief Engineer Officer, Pacific Division, March 8 to May 11, 1906; in charge of fortifications of San Francisco Harbor, Engineer 18th Lighthouse District, member of Board of Officers to prepare plan for land defense of San Francisco Harbor, member of California Debris Commission, March, 1906 to August, 1909; at Manila, P. I., Chief Engineer Philippines Division, in charge of fortification construction, p487Philippine Islands, member Philippines Fortification Board, member Joint Army and Navy Board to select site on Corregidor Island for storage of coal and for reserve magazine for Naval purposes, member of Board of Officers to report buildings needed at each post in Philippines Division at which permanent construction is contemplated, September, 1909, to September, 1911; at Cleveland, Ohio, in charge of Engineer District, River and Harbor Improvements, November, 1911, to January, 1912; at Los Angeles, Cal., in charge of Engineer District, River and Harbor Improvements and Fortification of Los Angeles and San Diego Harbors; Member and Executive of Board of Officers, under Department of the Interior, to determine practicability and advisability of constructing dam and reservoir on Gila River on San Carlos Indian Reservation, Arizona; member of Board of Officers to prepare plan for land defense of Los Angeles and San Diego Harbors; member of California Debris Commission, January, 1912, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 27, 1912)

December, 1914; in charge of Second Portland, Oregon, District, River and Harbor Improvements and fortifications at mouth of Columbia River, January, 1914, to July, 1915; in temporary charge of First Portland, Oregon, District and Lighthouse Consultant, 16th and 17th Lighthouse Districts, May to July, 1914; Division Engineer, Northern Pacific Division, May to July, 1915; in charge of Third New York District, River and Harbor Improvements, member of Board of Engineers, member New York Harbor Line Board, August, 1915, to

(Colonel, Corps of Engineers, May 15, 1917)

July, 1917; in charge of Porto Rico District, Harbor Improvement, Fortifications of San Juan, and Lighthouse Consultant, 3rd and 9th Lighthouse Districts, September, 1915, to July, 1917; in temporary charge of New London, Conn., District, River and Harbor Improvements, Fortifications Eastern entrance to Long Island Sound, member of Board to prepare plan for land defense of fortifications at Eastern entrance to Long Island Sound, July, 1916, to March, 1917; Representative of War Department in National Association of Port Authorities, September, 1916, to July, 1917; recruited, organized and commanded 11th Engineers, April to August, 1917; en route with regiment, New York to France, via England, July 14 to

(Brigadier-General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917)

Aug. 8, 1917; at Maricourt, near Péronne, Aug. 12 to September, 1917; Chief Engineer, line of communications, A. E. F., September, 1917; commanded First Field Artillery Brigade, Oct. 12 to Dec. 23, 1917; (Brigade in line near Sommerviller, France, Oct. 20 to Nov. 20, 1917); commanded 67th Field Artillery Brigade, Dec. 28, 1917, to July 6, 1918; (Brigade in line near Dombasle, Lunéville and Baccarat, February to June, 1918, and northeast of Châlons, July, 1918); Director of Light Railroads and Roads, July to December, 1918; in Aisne-Marne Offensive, July 18 to Aug. 6, 1918; in St. Mihiel Offensive, Sept. 12 to 16, 1918; in Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Sept. 26 to Nov. 11, 1918; cited for "exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous services as Director of Light Railroads and Roads"; Officer of the Legion of Honor, May 19, 1919; on duty under American Commission to Negotiate Peace, Paris, November, 1918, to July, 1919; in charge of War Damages Board, November, 1918, to June, 1919; member Prisoners of War Commission, March to July, 1919; en route to U. S., July 27 to Aug. 6, 1919; Department Engineer, Eastern Department, Aug. 18 to

(Returned to Grade of Colonel, Aug. 22, 1919)

Sept. 16, 1919.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Sept. 16, 1919,
At His Own Request, After Over 35 Years' Service.

Vol. VII
p268
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Sept. 16, 1919,
At His Own Request, After Over 35 Years' Service.

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

Vol. VIII
p76
[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., Sept. 16, 1919.

Brig.‑Gen., Ret., June 21, 1930.

Vol. IX
p52
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Col Ret 16 Sep 19

Brig Gen Ret 21 Jun 30

Civil History: — 30 San Ysidro Rd, Santa Barbara Calif

Died Nov. 29, 1961, at Santa Barbara, CA: Aged 94.b

Buried, Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, CA.


The Author's Note:

1 Son of Judge Elisha W. McKinstry, Supreme Court of California.


Thayer's Notes:

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

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b Gen. McKinstry 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 date and place of his death are from the WPAOG memorial article.


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