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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1865

Vol. III

(Born Wis.)

Joseph K. Hyer​a

(Ap'd Wis.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1861, 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; on frontier duty at Ft. Lyon, Col., Feb. to May, 1866, — Ft. Laramie, Dak., Jun. 1866, to Jan., 1867, — Ft. Philip Kearny, Dak., to July, 1867, — Ft. Reno, Dak., to June, 1868, — and Ft. D. A. Russell, Dak., to Apr., 1869; in garrison at Atlanta, Ga., to Oct., 1870, — Charleston, S. C., to Apr., 1871, — Columbia, S. C., to Aug., 1872, — Laurens C. H., S. C., to Jan., 1873, — Columbia, S. C., to May 19, 1874, — and Yorkville, S. C., June 13, 1874,

(Captain, 18th Infantry, May 4, 1874)

to June 5, 1876; on leave of absence, to Nov. 5, 1876; in garrison at Columbia, S. C., to July 24, 1877, — Jeffersonville, July 26 to Nov. 3,  p58 1877, — and Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 4, 1877, to Apr. 17, 1878; and on sick leave of absence, to Oct. 17, 1878, and sick at Atlanta, Ga., to Mar. 20, 1879.

Retired from Active Service, March 20, 1879,
for Disability contracted in Line of Duty.

Died, Feb. 12, 1882, at Baltimore, Md.: Aged 37.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1882, for an obituary notice.º

Thayer's Note:

a Lt. Hyer is best known today for having been a co-compiler, with classmate Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.William S. Starring 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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