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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1859

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

Abraham K. Arnold

(Ap'd Pa.)


Abraham Kerns Arnold: Born Mar. 24, 1837, Bedford, PA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1854, to July 1, 1859, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Cavalry, July 1, 1859.

Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1859‑60;

(Second Lieut., 2d Cavalry, June 28, 1860)

on frontier duty at Ft. Inge, Tex., 1860, — Scouting, 1860, — Ft. Inge, Tex., 1860‑61, — Scouting, 1861, — and Green Lake, Tex., 1861; and in garrison at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., 1861.

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

(First Lieut., 2d Cavalry, Apr. 6, 1861: 5th Cavalry, Aug. 3, 1861)

in Shenandoah Valley, May to Aug., 1861, being engaged in the Skirmish at Falling Waters, July 4, 1861; as Adjutant, 5th Cavalry, June 1, 1861, to May 9, 1862; in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., Aug., 1861, to Mar., 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to July, 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Action at Hanover C. H., June 13, 1862, — and Battle of Gaines's Mill, June 27, 1862, where he was severely

(Bvt. Captain, June 27, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Gaines's Mill, Va.)

wounded; on sick leave of absence, disabled by wounds, July 19 to

(Captain, 5th Cavalry, July 17, 1862)

Sep. 19, 1862; on Recruiting service and Mustering and Disbursing duty at Boston, Mas., and New York city, Sep. 19, 1862, to Sep. 23, 1863; in command of 5th Cavalry (Army of the Potomac), Oct. 10, 1863, to Aug. 13, 1864, being engaged in Skirmishes at Bristoe Station, Va., Oct. 14, and Rixeyville, Va., Oct., 1863, — Raid to Charlottesville, Feb., 1864, — Combat at Todd's Tavern, May 7, 1864, — Skirmish near Spottsylvania

(Bvt. Major, May 6, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Todd's Tavern, Va.)

C. H., May 8, 1864, — "Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Sheridan's Raid" to Haxall's Landing, and returning to vicinity of Chatfield Station, May 9‑29, 1864, — Action at Beaver Dam, May 10, 1864, — Battle of Yellow Tavern, May 11, 1864, — Combat at Meadow Bridge, May 12, 1864, — Convoying trains to the White House and the Chickahominy, May 30 to June 7, 1864, — and Battle of Trevillian Station, June 11‑12, 1864; and on sick leave of absence, Aug. 13‑23, 1864.

Served: at the Military Academy as Asst. Instructor of Cavalry, Aug. 23, 1864, to Aug. 28, 1869; on leave of absence to Feb., 1870; on

(Major, 6th Cavalry, June 22, 1869)

 p733  frontier duty at Ft. Waco, Tex., to June, 1870, — Ft. Richardson, Tex., and Scouting, Jan. 18, 1870, to Apr. 19, 1871, — Camp near Ft. Hays, Kan., to Oct., 1871, — Ft. Riley, Kan., Oct. 24, 1871, to May, 1872, — and Camp near Ft. Hays, Kan., to Sep., 1872; in charge of Disbursing Office, Freedmen's Bureau, New Orleans, La., Sep. 12, 1872, to July, 1878; in settling his accounts, to Nov. 5, 1878; and on leave of absence, Nov. 5, 1878, to Mar. 5, 1879; in command of Ft. Grant, Ara., to Nov. 29, 1880, being in charge of field operations against hostile Indians in S. E. Arizona; as Acting Asst. Inspector-General, Department of Arizona, Dec. 21, 1880, to Aug. 15, 1884, and Acting Asst. Adjutant-General of troops in the field against White Mountain and Chiricahua Indians, Sep. 6 to Nov. 10, 1881, being engaged with the latter at Cedar Springs, Ara.; on frontier duty at Ft. Wingate, N. M., Aug. 17 to Sep. 26, 1884, — and at Ft. Bayard, N. M. (commanding post and regiment, Sep. 28, 1884, to Mar. 15, 1885), to May 16, 1885; on leave of absence to July 15, 1885; in charge of the "Department of War" at the Infantry and Cavalry

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 1st Cavalry, June 11, 1886)

School, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to Aug. 24, 1887; in command of regiment and Ft. Custer, Mon., to Nov. 12, 1888, being engaged against Crow Indians, at Crow Agency, Mon., Nov. 5, 1887, — of Ft. Maginnis, Mon., to Mar. 12, 1889, — of regiment and Ft. Custer, Mon., Mar. 15 to Sep. 17, 1889, and to Sep. 25, 1889, of the "Custer Column," marching 500 miles and constructing wagon-road from Ft. Custer to Stoneville, Mon., — and of Ft. Custer, Mon., Sep. 25, 1889, to –––––.

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

Military History. — From Dec. 18, 1890 to Feb. 8, 1891, in command of troops in the field, operating on the Little Missouri, against hostile Sioux Indians.

(Colonel of Cavalry, 8th Cavalry, Feb. 7, 1891)

— In command of Fort Custer, Mont., from Feb. 8, 1891 to April 1, 1891.

(Transferred to 1st Cavalry, April 22, 1891)

— On Court-Martial duty at Fort Assiniboine, Mont., from July 27, 1891 to Aug. 4, 1891. — Commanding column in field from Aug. 17, 1891 to Aug. 30, 1891. — Relieved from duty in Department of Dakota, May 20,  p116 1892, and ordered with regiment to take station in Department of Arizona, at Fort Grant, A. T., May 27, 1892. — On leave of absence from May 30, 1892 to Sept. 24, 1892. — In command of regiment and post of Fort Grant, A. T., from Sept. 24, 1892 to Feb. 3, 1895. — President of Retiring Board. — On leave from Feb. 3, 1895 to Feb. 28, 1895. — Left Fort Grant, A. T., May 20, 1895, for Fort Riley, Kan., arriving there May 25, 1895. — Assumed command of the Cavalry and Artillery School and post of Fort Riley, May 27, 1895, and remained in command, with the exception of several short leaves, until April 19, 1898. Left Fort Riley, Kan., April 19, 1898, with headquarters and band, two troops 1st Cavalry, and four troops 2d Cavalry for Chickamauga Park, Ga. (service in Spanish-American war), arriving there on the 22d day of April, 1898. — Placed in command of Cavalry Division, April 25, 1898. — Appointed

Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, May 4, 1898

— When Cavalry Division was broken up, he was assigned temporarily to the command of the 2d Division, 1st Army Corps, May 17, 1898. Relieved from duty with 1st Army Corps and ordered to report to Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Joseph Wheeler, U. S. Volunteers. — Commanding Cavalry Division at Tampa, Fla., May 20, 1898. — Reported at Tampa, Fla., and placed in command of the U. S. forces at Jacksonville, Fla. — Assigned to the command of the 2d Division, 7th Army Corps. — Assumed command, May 28, 1898. — Organized the 2d Division, 7th Army Corps, and commanded it from May 28, 1898 to Oct. 29,º 1898 (temporarily commanding the 7th Corps), relinquished command of division, Oct. 27,º 1898. — ordered to Huntsville, Ala. — In command of Cavalry Brigade from Oct. 30, 1898 to Jan. 10, 1899. — Temporarily in command of the 4th Corps. — Relieved from command of Cavalry Brigade and ordered to report to the Commanding-General Division of Cuba, for assignment to the 7th Corps. — Placed in command of the 2d Division, 7th Corps, Jan. 16, 1899. — Commanded the division from Jan. 16, 1899 to April 1, 1899.

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, May 12, 1899)

— Joined regiment, May 13, 1899, commanding regiment and post of Fort Meade, S. D., from May 13, 1899 to ––––


Medal of Honor,

Sept., 1893, for conspicuous gallantry in a charge on the enemy in action at the Davenport bridge, North Anna River, Va., May 18, 1864; while serving as Captain 5th U. S. Cavalry, commanding regiment.

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

Military History. — Retired officer. — Residence, Cold Spring, N. Y.

Died Nov. 23, 1901, at Cold Spring, N. Y.: Aged 64.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1902, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, St. Philip's Church Cemetery, Garrison, NY.

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