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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1867

Vol. III

(Born O.)

Gilbert P. Cotton

(Ap'd La.)


Born Zanesville, OH.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 16, 1863, to June 17, 1867, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

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

Served: on leave of absence, June 17 to Dec., 1867; on frontier duty, at Brownsville, Tex., Dec. 8, 1867, to Sep. 24, 1868; on sick leave of absence, to Nov. 17, 1868; in garrison at Ft. Wadsworth, N. Y., to June 5, 1871 (temporarily at Ft. Wood, N. Y., Apr., 1869, and under orders of the Commanding General, Department of the East, May‑June 14, 1869), — Ft. Niagara, N. Y., June 17, 1871, to Apr. 23, 1872 (leave of absence, Jan. 16 to Apr. 17, 1872), — and Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), May 1, 1872, to May 1, 1873; on leave of absence, and witness before civil court, to July 4, 1873; in garrison at Key West, Fla., to Aug. 28, 1873; as Professor of Military Science, at Pennsylvania Military Academy, Sep. 11, 1873, to Dec., 1875; in garrison at Ft.

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Sep. 11, 1873)

Trumbull, Ct., Dec. 19, 1875, to Oct. 24, 1876, — Blackville and Charleston, S. C., to Feb. 4, 1877, — and Ft. Trumbull, Ct., Feb. to July, 1877; in suppressing Railroad Disturbances in Pennsylvania, July to Oct.,  p104 1877; and in garrison at Ft. Trumbull, Ct., Oct., 1877, to May 12, 1881, — Ft. Myer, Va., to Feb. 2, 1882, — Point San José, Cal., Apr. 4 to Sep. 30, 1882, Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., to Oct. 6, 1884, — Ft. Canby, Wash., to Sep. 20, 1886, — Presidio of San Francisco, Cal. (detached service at Angel Island, Cal., July 5 to Sep. 13, 1887), to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Angel Island, San Francisco, Cal., to May 8, 1890; at Fort Columbus, N. Y., to Dec. 25, 1890; on special duty under orders from State Department, collecting information in Central America in connection with the World's Fair, to Oct. 17, 1891; garrison duty at Fort Columbus, N. Y., to Oct. 1, 1895; on recruiting service in Jersey City, N. J., to Feb. 3, 1896; garrison duty at Fort Slocum, N. Y., to Oct. 15, 1896; at Fort Barrancas, Fla., to June 4, 1897; and on leave in Europe until ––––

Retired from Active Service, at his own request, Aug. 20, 1897.

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

Military History. — Retired officer. — Residence, New York, N. Y.

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

(Gilbert Palmer Cotton, Born March 22, 1846.)

Military History. —

Captain, 1st Artillery, March 2, 1889.

Captain, U. S. A., Retired, Aug. 26, 1897,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Since retirement, resided in New York, making occasional trips to Europe.

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Captain, 1st Artillery, Mar. 2, 1889.

Captain, U. S. A., Retired, Aug. 26, 1897,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Died, Feb. 21, 1928, at Brooklyn, N. Y.: Aged 81.

Thayer's Note:

a Capt. Cotton's birthplace is from A National Register of the Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Vol. II, p394. The full entry, though leaning heavily on the Register for his military career, adds other information:

p394 Captain Gilbert P. Cotton was born at Zanesville, Ohio, March 22, 1846. He is the son of Robert Hutchason Cotton and Margaret A. Hager; grandson of James Cotton and Jemima Chalffin; great-grandson of Solomon Chalffin and Constance Eaton. Solomon Chalffin, a native of Virginia, served in Colonel Rawling's Regiment of Virginia for nearly four years; was in action at the Battle of Brandywine and was present at Yorktown at the surrender of Cornwallis.

Captain Cotton was graduated at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1867; was promoted into the army as Second Lieutenant of the First Artillery. His first service was on the frontier at Brownsville, Texas, and he subsequently served at Forts Wadsworth, Wood and Niagara in New York, at Fortresses Monroe in Virginia, and at Key West, Florida; promoted to First Lieutenant 11th of September, 1873. He was on duty in suppressing the railway disturbances in Pennsylvania in the summer of 1877, and returned to Fort Trumbull, Conn. Captain Cotton was also stationed at Blackville and Charleston, S. C.; at Point San Jose, Cal.; at the Presidio at San Francisco, Cal.; promoted to Captain 2d March, 1889; at Angel Island, Cal.; at Fort Canby, Wash., and at Fort Columbus, N. Y. In 1891 he was under orders from the State Department collecting information in Central America in connection with the World's Fair. He was subsequently on recruiting service in Jersey City, N. J., and on garrison duty at Fort Slocum, N. Y., and Fort Barrancas, Fla.

He was retired from active service at his own request August 26, 1897.

p395 Captain Cotton is a member of the Union and Lotos Clubs of New York; of the Army and Navy Club at Washington, and divides his time mainly between New York, Bar Harbor and the South. His address is the Plaza Hotel, New York.

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