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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1866

Vol. III

(Born Ireland)

James O'Hara

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born near Killaloe, County Clare, Ireland.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1862, to June 18, 1866, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, June 18, 1866.

Served in garrison at Ft. Sullivan, Me., Oct., 1866 to Aug., 1867; at

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, Mar. 26, 1867)

the Military Academy, as Assistant Professor of French, Aug. 31, 1867, to Apr. 30, 1870, and Mar. 5 to Apr. 1, 1872, — Assistant Professor of Spanish, Aug. 31, 1867, to July 17, 1868, — and Principal Assistant Professor of Spanish, July 17, 1868, to Aug. 28, 1872; and in garrison at Key West, Fla., Sep. 22 to Nov. 30, 1872, — Ft. Niagara, N. Y., Dec. 8, 1872, to Apr. 26, 1876, having charge of Ft. Porter, N. Y., Sep. 18, 1874, to June 8, 1875, — Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), May 1 to Oct. 23, 1876, — Blackville, S. C., Oct. 23 to Nov. 15, 1876, — Washington Arsenal, D. C., Nov. 19, 1876, to Feb. 6, 1877, — Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), Feb. 10, 1877, to May 1, 1878, — and Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., May 24, 1878, to Aug. 28, 1880; at the Military Academy, as Assistant Professor of Spanish, Aug. 28, 1880, to Aug. 28, 1884; and in garrison at St. Augustine, Fla., to June 6, 1885, — Ft. McHenry, Md., to Aug. 28, 1888, — and Washington Barracks, D. C., to –––––.

Captain, 3d Artillery, Nov. 30, 1888.

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

Military History. — Served: In command of battery at Washington Barracks, D. C., until Jan. 21, 1893. — At Key West Barracks, Fla., in command of post and battery, from Jan. 25, 1893 until Feb. 11, 1894. — at Fort McPherson, Ga., in command of battery, from Feb. 21, 1894 until Oct. 17, 1894. — at St. Francis Barracks, St. Augustine, Fla., from Oct. 18, 1894 until Oct. 16, 1896. — At Angel Island, Cal., from Oct. 22, 1896 until Jan. 13, 1898, in command of battery, — At Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., in command of battery, until June 28, 1898. — Left San Francisco, June 29, 1898, on transport Newport, in command of battalion of 3d Artillery, H and K Batteries and Astor Battery, for Manila, arriving at Manila, July 25, 1898.​b — In Camp Dewey, commanding 3d Artillery battalion, until Aug. 13, 1898. — In command at Cuartel de Meisic of Tondo front, until Oct. 8, 1898. — in command of 1st battalion, 3d Artillery, from Oct. 8, 1898 until June 23, 1899. — Commanding battery from June 24, 1899, at Calumpit, Luzon, to –––––; Present in all the actions participated in by the 3d Artillery battalion.

(Major of Artillery, 1st Artillery, June 6, 1900)

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

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Born June 2, 1844.)

Military History. —

Colonel, Artillery Corps, Aug. 4, 1903.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Nov. 1, 1903,
at His Own Request, After Over 40 Years' Service.

After retirement, resided in San Francisco, Cal.

Died, Feb. 21, 1914, at Berkeley, Cal.: Aged 69.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1914.

Buried, San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, CA.

Thayer's Notes:

a Lt. O'Hara's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b The Register as printed has 1899 (which would have been a very long crossing) and 1899 for the Camp Dewey date as well; but it was also possible that some of the other dates had been garbled. Fortunately the AOG obituary recounts a specific war anecdote dated to 1898, which has enabled me to make the proper corrections here.

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c Vol. 5 is blank: i.e., it has no more than a heading.

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