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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1865

Vol. III

(Born N. Y.)

William S. Starring​a

(Ap'd Ill.)


William Sylvanus Starring: Born near Buffalo, NY.​b

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1860, to June 23, 1865, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 18th Infantry, June 23, 1865.

First Lieut., 18th Infantry, June 23, 1865.

Served: in garrison at Camp Thomas, O., Oct., 1865; as Adjutant, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry, Nov. 1, 1865, to Nov. 2, 1866; on frontier duty at Ft. Lyon, Col., Feb. to May, 1866, — Ft. Laramie, Dak., June, 1866, to

(Transferred to 36th Infantry, Sep. 21, 1866)

Jan., 1867, — Ft. Philip Kearny, Dak., Jan. to Mar., 1867; as Adjutant, 36th Infantry, Mar. 1, 1867, to Aug. 23, 1869, — and Acting Assistant

(Transferred to 7th Infantry, May 19, 1869)

Adjutant-General of the Rocky Mountain District, June to Dec., 1868, at regimental headquarters, Ft. Sanders, Dak., to Jun. 1869, and Camp Douglas, Utah, to Aug. 23, 1869; at the Military Academy as Assistant Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Sep. 6, 1869, to July 5, 1872, — and of

(Transferred to 2d Artillery, Jan. 1, 1871)

Cavalry Tactics, Oct. 24, 1871, to July 5, 1872; on leave of absence, July 3 to Sep. 1, 1872; in garrison at Ft. Stevens, Or., Sep., 1872, — Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., Oct., 1872, — Ft. Johnston, N. C., Nov. 17, 1872, to Sep. 28, 1874, — and Ft. McHenry, Md., Oct. 16 to Nov. 8, 1874;

(Transferred to Ordnance, Nov. 1, 1874)

as Assistant Ordnance Officer at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., Nov. 14, 1874, to July 19, 1876 (temporarily commanding Indianapolis Arsenal, Ind., Apr. 16 to July 10, 1875); as Chief of Ordnance, Department of the Platte, July 20 to Nov. 9, 1876; as Assistant to the Constructor of Ordnance, and in general charge of Experimental Duties, at Sandy Hook, N. J., Proving Grounds, Nov. 20, 1876, to Aug. 26, 1884; as Assistant

(Captain, Ordnance, May 29, 1879)

Ordnance Officer, Springfield Armory, Mas., to Aug. 31, 1886; as Chief Ordnance Officer of the Department of the Platte, and in command of the Cheyenne Ordnance Depot, Wy., Sep. 15, 1886, to July 21, 1887, — and of the Department of the Columbia, and in command of the Vancouver Barracks Depot, Wash., Aug. 6, 1887, to Feb. 13, 1889.

Died, Feb. 13, 1889, at Vancouver Barracks, Wash.: Aged 48.

Obituary notice in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1889.º

Buried, Fort Vancouver Military Cemetery, Vancouver, WA.

Thayer's Notes:

a Capt. Starring is best known today for having been a co‑compiler, with classmate Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Joseph K. Hyer and Indian interpreter Charles Guerreu, of Lahcotah, Dictionary of the Sioux Language, the first book printed in Wyoming (at Fort Laramie in 1866). Properly the 31‑page booklet is an English-to‑Sioux glossary; it is online at Archive.Org.

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b Capt. Starring's birthplace is from his AOG obituary; his middle name is from the thoroughly researched and very interesting page at Find-a‑Grave.

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