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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1849

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

Washington C. Tevis

(Ap'd at Large)


Born Feb. 22, 1828, Philadelphia, PA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1845, to July 1, 1849, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Mounted Rifles, July 1, 1849.

Served at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1849‑50.

Resigned, May 12, 1850.

After his resignation he entered the Turkish Army as Bim-bachi (Commandant or Major), Feb. 4, 1854, and Caimacan (Lieut.‑Colonel), June 19, 1854, under the name of Nessim Bey. Resided in Paris, France, 1854‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1862‑64: in organizing Regiment, Aug. to Dec., 1862; in garrison at Gloucester Point,

(Lieut.‑Col., 4th Del. Volunteers, Aug. 18, 1862)

Va., Dec., 1862, to June, 1863; in Recruiting for a Maryland Cavalry Volunteer Regiment, June to Sep., 1863; in organizing Regiment at Baltimore,

(Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Sep. 25, 1863)

(Colonel, 3d Maryland Cavalry Volunteers, Sep. 26, 1863)

Md., Sep. 26, 1862, to Jan. 31, 1864; in command of Regiment, Department of the Gulf, Feb. 11 to Apr. 30, 1864, being engaged in a Scout from Madisonville to Covington, La., Feb. 29, 1864, — and at Alexandria, on the Red River, Mar. 28 to Apr. 30, 1864; and in arrest, Apr. 30 to July 20, 1864.

Discharged, July 20, 1864.​a

Civil History. — Soldier of Fortune,​b having been a Brigadier-General in the Provisional Army of France, 1870‑71, — a Brigadier-General in the Egyptian Army, 1872‑73, — and in the Turkish Army, 1874 to 18–––. Newspaper Correspondent in Paris, France, 1880 to 18–––.

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

Civil History. — Unknown.

[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Vol. IV
Died, Sept. 29, 1900, at Paris, France: Aged 72.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1901, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried: Cimetière du Montparnasse, Paris, France.

Thayer's Notes:

a As might be expected in an obituary, no arrest and discharge are mentioned in the AOG notice (q.v.), which actually quotes Gen. Erasmus Keyes as stating that Colonel Tevis was promoted to the rank of Brevet Brigadier General.

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b This little paragraph, as we might expect, just scratches the surface of a very color­ful and varied career and life. In addition to the AOG obituary referenced in the Register, a page by Alan Lubke, Class of 1961 (which may currently be experiencing problems) fills in some more details, and includes a different portrait of Gen. Tevis.

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