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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1867

Vol. III

(Born R. I.)​a

Allyn Capron​1

(Ap'd N. C.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1863, to June 17, 1867, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, June 17, 1867.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., Oct. 1, 1867, to Jan. 11, 1870; on leave of absence, Mar. 19, 1870; on Signal Duty at Ft. Whipple, Va., to May 17, 1871; in garrison at Ft. Wood, N. Y., May 24 to June 8, 1871, — Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., to Apr. 27, 1872, — Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), May 1, 1872, to May 1, 1873, — Jackson Barracks, La. June 5 to July 9, 1873, — Ft. Barrancas, Fla., to

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Aug. 19, 1873)

Dec. 3, 1873, — and Charleston, S. C., Dec. 5, 1873, to July 24, 1874; on Signal Duty, and constructing Military Telegraph Lines in Texas, Aug. 2, 1874, to Apr. 28, 1875; and in garrison at St. Augustine, Fla., June 11 to Dec. 2, 1875, — Ft. Trumbull, Ct., Dec. 9, 1875, to July 29, 1876, — Ft. Sill, I. T., Aug. 16 to Nov. 22, 1876, — Washington Arsenal, D. C., Dec. 4, 1876, to Apr. 5, 1877, — Ft. Trumbull, Ct., Apr. 7, 1877, to July 13, 1878, Ft. Adams, R. I., July 13, 1878, to Oct. 27, 1881, — Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), to May 1, 1884, — Ft. Winfield Scott, Cal., to Dec. 5, 1884, — Ft. Canby, Wash., to Nov. 12, 1885, — Willet's Point, N. Y. (Engineer School of Application), Dec. 1, 1885, to July 1, 1886, — Ft. Canby, Wash., Sep. 30, 1886, to Nov. 5, 1887, — Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., to May 31, 1888, — Alcatraz Island, Cal., to Sep. 29, 1888, — Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., to

(Captain, 1st Artillery, Dec. 4, 1888)

Jan. 17, 1889, — Vancouver Barracks, Wash., to Jan. 28, 1889, — and Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At the Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., to May, 1890. — At Fort Douglas, Utah, to Sept., 1890. — At the Cavalry and Light Artillery School, at Fort Riley, Kan., to Nov., 1890. — In the Sioux campaign, Nov., 1890 to Jan., 1891. — At the fights of Wounded Knee, Dec., 1890, and Drexel Mission, Dec. 30, 1890. — On sick leave, March to July, 1891. — At Fort Riley, Kan., to Sept. 9. — Served at Chicago during the railway riots of Sept. and Oct., 1891. — Commanding Light Battery at Fort Sheridan, Ill., to Oct., 1896. — At Washington Barracks, D. C., to April, 1898. — Commanding Light Artillery battalion at Tampa, Fla., to June 14, 1898. — In Cuba in the campaign against Santiago, to Aug. 2, 1898, being engaged in the action at El Caney, July 1, and in the siege of Santiago, to Aug. 7, 1898. — En route to and at Montauk Point, N. Y., to Aug. 26, 1898, when he left his battery on sick leave.

Died, Sept. 17, 1898, near Fort Myer, Va.: Aged 53.

Member of the Aztec Club. — See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1899, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Captain Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Erastus A. Capron, who was killed at the Battle of Churubusco, Mexico.

Thayer's Note:

a Online pages, the initial online source appearing to be the Arlington Cemetery page linked to above under his place of burial, give his birth data as August 27, 1846 — in Tampa, FL rather than in Rhode Island. I don't know the ultimate source of the Florida birthplace (a Washington Times newspaper article of 1898 is quoted on the Find-a‑Grave page as stating that at Fort Myers they called Capt. Capron a Florida native), and don't know from my own knowledge which is correct. Cullum's Register contains rather few mistakes, and there seem to be no grounds for favoring either birthplace. If you know and have a reliable source, please let me know, of course. 

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