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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1867

Vol. III

(Born Ind.)

Walter Howe

(Ap'd N. M.)


Born Bloomington, IN.​a

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

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

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Harker, Kan., Sep. 29 to Nov., 1867, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Nov. 17, 1867, to Dec. 8, 1868, — Drum Creek, Kan., to May, 1869, — and Ft. Riley, Kan., to Sep., 1869; on leave of absence, to Oct. 19, 1869; in garrison at Ft. Delaware, Del., to Feb., 1870, — Ft. Macon, N. C., Feb. 24, 1870, to Apr. 29, 1872 (leave of absence, Nov. 7, 1871, to Jan. 6, 1872), — and Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), May 1, 1872, to May 1, 1873; in the field in California,

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Sep. 1, 1872)

June 19 to July 6, 1873; in garrison at the Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., to Aug. 5, 1874, — and Alcatraz Island, Cal., to Aug. 12, 1876; on frontier duty at Camp Robinson, Neb., Aug. 28 to Nov., 1876; — and on Powder River Expedition, Nov., 1876, to Jan., 1877; as Professor of Military Science at Pennsylvania State College, Jan. 27, 1877, to Jan., 1880; in garrison at Fort Point, Cal., Mar. 1, 1880, to June 30, 1881, — Ft. Canby, Wash., to Oct. 30, 1881, — Madison Barracks, N. Y., to Sep. 14, 1882, — Ft. Warren, Mas. (Mt. McGregor, N. Y., Aug. 4‑15, 1885), to Sep. 20, 1885, — Ft. Snelling, Min., to Sep. 20, 1887, — Ft. Trumbull, Ct., to May 22, 1889, — and Ft. McPherson, Ga., to July 25, 1889; and as Professor of Military Science, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Io., July 3, 1889, to –––––.

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

Military History. —

(Captain of Artillery, 4th Artillery, July 1, 1891)

Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Ia., July, 1889 to July, 1892. — With regiment at Atlanta, Ga., from July, 1892 to May, 1893. — At Washington Barracks, D. C., from May, 1893 to July, 1897. — In command of Fort Washington, Md., and Sheridans Point, Md., on duty mounting guns on eight and ten inch carriages, from July, 1897 to Sept., 1898. — Chief Mustering Officer for State of Connecticut from Sept., 1898 to ––––

(Colonel, 47th U. S. Volunteer Infantry, Aug. 17, 1899)

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

Military History. — On duty at Hartford, Conn., as Chief Mustering Officer of the state. — In connection with this duty, also opened recruiting stations at both Hartford and New Haven. — Relieved and ordered to join his battery (A, 4th Artillery) at Fort Washington, Maryland, April 13, 1899. — On Aug. 17, 1899, was appointed Colonel of the 47th Volunteer Infantry. — This regiment was organized at Camp Meade, Penn., together with the 28th and 41st regiments. — Commanded this camp of more than 3,000 men until the departure of the regiment for the Philippine Islands. — Regiment left Camp Meade, Nov. 2, 1899, and proceeded to the Philippine Islands via New York City and the Suez Canal route. — The regiment, en route, stopped at Gibraltar, Malta, Suez, Colombo and Singapore. — Arrived in Manila, Dec. 22. — During stay in the Philippine Islands, commanded for the greater portion of the time the Provinces of Albay and Sorsogon. — The Insurgents having surrendered in the Province of Sorsogon, Mr. Taft and the Philippine Commission established civil government there on April 30, 1901. — While in the Philippines the 47th Infantry took part in many engagements, too numerous to mention in detail here; in the most important of these he was in command in person and on the firing line. — May 17, embarked for Manila. — May 28, sailed for San Francisco; arrived in San Francisco June 26.

(Mustered out of the Volunteer Service July 2, 1901)

(Major, Artillery Corps, Feb. 2, 1901)

— Was in command of Jackson Barracks and the Artillery District of New Orleans, La., from Aug. 2, until Oct. 26, 1901. — Ordered to Field Artillery, Oct. 26, 1901. — Arrived at Fort Ethan Allen on Nov. 19, 1901. — Arrived at Governor's Island, N. Y., as Assistant Inspector-General, Department of the East, Nov. 11, 1902.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Artillery Corps, Dec. 20, 1902)

— Assumed command of the Artillery District of Key West, July 20, 1904

(Colonel, Artillery Corps, May 20, 1904)

remained on this duty until June 24, 1905. — Ordered to Fort Barrancas, Florida, June, 1905. — Ordered to Fort Sill, Oklahoma Territory, to organize and command a provisional regiment of Field Artillery, under the provisions of General Order 89 War Department, 1905. — The organization of this regiment furnished the basis on which the Field artillery in our service is at present organized. — Regiment disbanded Nov. 5, 1905. — Returned to station at Fort Barrancas, Fla. — Relieved at Fort Barrancas, Fla., in Oct., 1906, and ordered to Fort Adams, R. I. — In command of that post and the Artillery District of Narragansett Bay to Nov. 11, 1909. — In command of Fort Hancock, New Jersey, and of the Artillery District of Southern New York, Nov. 11, 1909 to –––––.

(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Jan. 11, 1910)

— Assigned to the temporary command of the Department of the East, Feb. 14, 1910. — Took station at Governor's Island, N. Y., Feb. 16th; relinquished command on the return of Major-General Wood on March 5, 1910. — Again assigned to the temporary command by direction of the President, during the absence of General Wood in South America.

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

(Born Dec. 31, 1846.)

Military History. —

Colonel, Artillery Corps, May 20, 1904.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Jan. 11, 1910.

At St. Paul, Minn., in command of Department of Dakota, July 23 to Dec. 31, 1910; during this time commanded Maneuver Camp at Sparta, Wisconsin.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 31, 1910,
By Operation of Law.

At time of his retirement was the last member of the Class of 1867 on active duty.

Died, Nov. 8, 1915, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 69.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1916.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Howe's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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