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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1856

Vol. II

(Born Ind.)

William T. Gentry

(Ap'd Ind.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1852, to July 1, 1856, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Infantry, July 1, 1856.

Served: in garrison at Newport Barracks, Ky., 1856‑57, — and Ft.

(Second Lieut., 4th Infantry, Aug. 1, 1856)

Columbus, N. Y., 1857; and on frontier duty at Ft. Hoskins, Or., 1857‑61, — and San Bernardino, Cal., 1861.

First Lieut., 17th Infantry, May 14, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in the

(Captain, 17th Infantry, Oct. 24, 1861)

Defenses of Washington, D. C., Dec., 1861, to Mar., 1862; on the Staff of the Provost Marshal General of the Army of the Potomac, Mar. to Sep., 1862, continuing on the Staff of Brig.‑General Andrew Porter till May, 1863; on Mustering and Disbursing duty at Harrisburg, Pa., June 10 to July 1, 1863; as Additional Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Couch, commanding the Department of the Susquehanna, July, 1863; on Regimental duty (Army of the Potomac), July to Nov., 1863, except while at New York, pending Draft Riots, Aug. 22 to Sep. 15, 1863; and as Commissary of Musters, Nov. 4, 1863, to July 21, 1865, and Asst. Inspector-

(Bvt. Major, July 6, 1864, for Gallant Services at the Crossing of the North Anna and during the Campaign before Richmond, Va.)

General, 5th Corps (Army of the Potomac), in Mine Run Operations,  p666 Nov. 26 to Dec. 3, 1863, and the Richmond Campaign, May, 1864, to Apr., 1865.

Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Apr. 1, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Five Forks, Va.

Served: on Recruiting service, July 21, 1865, to July, 1867; as Acting Asst. Inspector-General, Fifth Military District, July 5, 1867, to Apr. 17, 1868; as Secretary of Civil Affairs, at New Orleans, La., Sep. 3, 1867, to Aug. 31, 1868; as Acting Judge Advocate, Department of the Missouri, Sep. 11, 1868, to Mar. 29, 1869, and of Division of the Missouri, to Apr. 30,

(Unassigned, May 27, 1869)

1869, continuing as Acting Asst. Inspector-General, to Mar. 1, 1870; in

(Transferred to 19th Infantry, Feb. 15, 1870)

garrison at Little Rock, Ark., Mar. 17 to May, 1870, — and Jackson Barracks, La., to Nov. 30, 1871; as Acting Asst. Adjutant-General, Department of the Gulf, Nov. 30, 1871, to July 1, 1873; in garrison at Alexandria, La., to July 30, 1873; as Member of Board, at San Antonio, Tex., for the purchase of lands, Aug., 1873, to Mar., 1874; in command of Colfax, La., Mar. 2, to May 20, 1874; on Commissary duty, at New Orleans, La., May 20, 1874, to Aug. 20, 1876; in command of Ft. Dodge, Kan., Sep. 20, 1876, to June 30, 1877, — and of Ft. Elliot, Tex., July, 1877, to Sep. 8, 1878 (leave of absence, Feb. 4 to May 22, 1878); and on General Recruiting service, Oct. 8, 1878, to June 28, 1879; on delay, to

(Major, 9th Infantry, Mar. 20, 1879)

Aug. 5, 1879; in garrison at Ft. Omaha, Neb., to Oct. 5, 1880; on leave of absence to Dec. 2, 1880; in command of Camp Sheridan, Neb., to May, 1881, — and of Ft. Fetterman, Wy., to Dec. 14, 1881; on leave of absence, to Feb. 6, 1882; in command of Ft. Omaha, Neb., to Aug. 10, 1882, — of Ft. Niobrara, Neb., to Dec. 11, 1882, — of Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy., to Jan. 25, 1883, — of Ft. Niobrara, Neb., to Apr., 1883, — of Ft. McKinney, Wy., to July 28, 1884, — and of Ft. D. A. Russell, to May 31,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 25th Infantry, Apr. 14, 1884)

1884; in garrison at Ft. Meade, Dak., to Aug. 23, 1884; and in command of regiment and Ft. Snelling, Min., to June 28, 1885.

Died, June 28, 1885, at Ft. Snelling, Min.: Aged 53.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1886, for an obituary notice.º

Buried, Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.

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