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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1867

Vol. III

(Born Mas.)

Arthur Cranston​1

(Ap'd O.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1862,​a to June 17, 1867, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, June 17, 1867.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Delaware, Del., Sep. 30, 1867, to Feb., 1870, — Ft. Macon, N. C., Feb. to Sep., 1870, — Ft. McHenry, Md., Sep., 1870, — Raleigh, N. C., Oct., 1870, to June, 1871, — Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), June, 1871, to May, 1872, — Ft.

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Nov. 30, 1871)

Washington, Md., May, 1872, — Ft. Foote, Md., June to Oct., 1872, — Ft. McHenry, Md., Oct., 1872, — and the Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., Dec. 6, 1872, to Jan., 1873; and on the Modoc Campaign, Jan. to Apr. 26, 1873.

Killed, Apr. 26, 1873, in the Action of the Lava Beds, Or.: Aged 30.

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

The Author's Note:

1 Arthur Cranston, before becoming a Cadet, enlisted, immediately after the fall of Ft. Sumter, in 7th Regiment Ohio Volunteers, and afterwards was appointed Lieutenant in 55th Regiment Ohio Volunteers, serving with the Army of Western Virginia.

Thayer's Note:

a Often enough, a cadet's stay at the Academy is a year longer than that of the rest of his class, because he failed to pass to the next grade and is turned back. Such longer stays are not usually worth comment, but here it's interesting to note that although he graduated as a member of the Class of 1867, his true classmates were those of 1866, as appears from a mention of him in the obituary of one of them, written by yet another member of the Class of 1866.

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