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The following text is reproduced from (the report of the) Fourteenth Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 12, 1883.

 p51  Albert J. Griffiths
No. 2911. Class of 1881.
Accidentally Killed, Nov. 6, 1882, near Fort Custer, Montana, aged 25.

Albert J. Griffiths, late Second Lieutenant 2d United States Cavalry, was born in Grass Valley, Nevada County, California, June 17th, 1857. At an early age he graduated from the public schools of his district, and completed a course of commercial studies in the Western Business College of California. After passing several years in his native town in the position of bookkeeper, he entered the University of California, August, 1876, with a view of fitting himself for the profession of Civil Engineering.

About this time he heard of the competitive examination about to take place in Sacramento, Cal., for an appointment to the U. S. Military Academy. He attended the examination, and was the successful candidate.

On the 12th of June, 1877, he reported at the Military Academy, and having passed a successful examination, was admitted as a cadet. Having completed the prescribed four years, he was graduated on June 11th, 1881, and assigned to the 2d Cavalry as a Second Lieutenant.

During his career at the United States Military Academy Cadet Griffiths endeared himself to his classmates, and was esteemed by his superiors for those sterling traits of character that won for him afterward the regard of his comrades in the army.

Lieutenant Griffiths joined his regiment at Fort Custer, Montana Territory, in September, 1881, and after serving a little more than a year was accidentally killed while on detached service from that post.

 p52  In the notice of his death, his Regimental Commander pays the following high tribute to his merits: "During his short service, he, by the conscientious, prompt and cheerful discharge of all military duties, gave evidence of sterling worth as an officer, and by his kind and amiable disposition won the regard and love of all with whom he associated. His habits were unexceptionable, and his personal conduct without reproach."


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