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The following text is reproduced from (the report of the) Twentieth Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 12th, 1889.

 p100  David William Fulton
No. 3173. Class of 1886.
Died, March 28, 1889, at Fort Bayard, New Mexico, aged 26.

Lieutenant David William Fulton was born in Ohio, October 31, 1863, moving with his family some days later to mattoon, Illinois. Here he received a common school education, and in 1882 passed first in a competitive examination, and received an appointment to West Point, where he reported in June.

During the four years of his cadet life he formed many warm and affectionate friendships, and in his own class, and in the classes preceding and following his, was a general favorite.

Upon his graduation in 1886 he was appointed Second Lieutenant in the Twenty-fourth Infantry, then serving in Indian Territory. In the all of that year he joined his company at Fort Sill,​a and was soon recognized as one of the most promising young officers in the regiment. In 1885 he was sent on detached service in command of a detachment charged with guarding trails and escorting herds at a time when trouble with the Indians was imminent, and he (to quote from an official report) "by his good judgment and prompt action in arresting turbulent characters, averted what might have resulted in serious complications."

In the summer of 1888 his regiment moved to New Mexico, and his company took station at Fort Bayard, where after a short illness he died of pneumonia on March 28, 1889.


Thayer's Note:

a Lt. Fulton's entry in Cullum's Register (q.v.) gives his Indian Territory station as Fort Supply.

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