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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1870

Vol. III

(Born N. Y.)

Walter S. Schuyler

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born Apr. 26, 1850, Ithaca, NY.​a1

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1866, to June 15, 1870, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 5th Cavalry, June 15, 1870.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy., Oct. 9, 1870, to Dec. 12, 1871 (escorting surveying party, July 14 to Nov. 10, 1861), Camp McDowell, Ara., Feb. to June, 1872, — Scouting in Arizona, June 27, 1872, to May, 1873, being engaged in Fights at Santa Maria Mountains, Sep. 22, 1872, Sycamore Creek, Oct. 19, 1872, Rio Verde, Nov. 16, 1872, and Gila River, Jan. 16, 1873, — commanding Indian Scouts, Feb. 5, 1873, to Feb., 1875, — Rio Verde Indian Reservation, Ara., and Scouting, May, 1873, to Jan., 1874, being engaged in Fights on East Fork of Verde, Dec. 4, 1873, Cave Creek, Dec. 23, 1873, and Cañon Creek, Jan. 10, 1874, — Camp Verde, Ara., and Scouting, to Nov., 1874, being engaged in the Fight of Superstition Mountain, Mar. 25‑26, and Mesacilla Range, May 17‑18, 1874, — Rio Verde Indian Reservation, Ara., to Feb., 1875 (leave of absence, Feb. 27, 1875, to Feb. 27, 1876), — Ft. Hays, Kan., Mar. 24 to May 27, 1876, — Aide-de‑Camp to Bvt. Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Crook, May 30, 1876, to Jan. 19, 1882, — in the field, May 31, 1876, to July 1877, being engaged in the Combat of Slim

(First Lieut., 5th Cavalry, July 29, 1876)

Buttes, Dak., Sep. 9‑10, 1876, and on leave of absence, Nov. 26, 1879, to Jan. 17, 1882; on frontier duty at Ft. Sidney, Neb., Jan. 25, 1882, to Apr. 15, 1883, — Ft. McKinney, Wy., to July 29, 1883, — and leading surveying party through Yellowstone Park, to Sep., 1883; as Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Cornell University, N. Y., to Oct., 1886; and on frontier duty at Ft. Reno, I. T., Oct. 11, 1886, to May,

(Captain, 5th Cavalry, Apr. 21, 1887)

1887, — Ft. Riley, Kan., to July 25, 1889, — and Ft. Elliott, to –––––.

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

Military History. —

(Brevet 1st Lieutenant, Feb. 27, 1890, for gallant services in actions against Indians at Muchos Cañons, Ariz., Sept. 25, 1872; on Lost River, Ariz., June 26, 1873; at Salt River, Ariz., April 28, 1874, and in the Red Rock country, Ariz., May 14, 1874)

(Brevet Captain, Feb. 27, 1890, for gallantry in action against Indians in the Big Horn Mountains, Mont., Nov. 25, 1876)

Served: Commanding Troop H, 5th Cavalry, at Fort Sill, Okla., Oct., 1890 to Feb., 1893. — At World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill., March 1, 1893 to Dec. 31, 1893. — Commanding troop at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., Feb. 1, 1894 to Dec., 1895. — At Fort Ringgold, Tex., Jan., 1896 to Sept., 1896. — On duty as Professor Military Science at Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y., Oct. 12, 1896 to April 28, 1898. — Mustering duty, Camp Black, N. Y., May, 1898.

(Major and Asst. Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers, May 12, 1898)

— Adjutant-General, 2d Division, 2d Corps, June, 1898.

(Resigned his Commission as Major and Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers, July 8, 1898)

(Colonel 203d N. Y. Volunteer Infantry, July 9, 1898)

Served: At Camp Black, N. Y., Camp Meade, Pa., and Camp Wetherill, Greenville, S. C.

(Honorably mustered out of Volunteer Service, March 25, 1899)

(Colonel, 46th U. S. Volunteer Infantry, Aug. 17, 1899)

(Major of Cavalry, 2d Cavalry, Oct. 18, 1899)

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

Military History. — With 5th Cavalry in Puerto Rico, April to Sept., 1899. — Organized 46th U. S. Volunteer Infantry at South Framingham, Mass., Sept., 1899; moved the regiment by rail across the continent and on transports from San Francisco, Cal., arriving at Manila, P. I., Dec. 14, 1899. — Commanded 46th Regiment during Philippine Insurrection, in Cavite Province, Southern Luzon, to April 16th, 1901. — Returned with regiment to San Francisco.

(Honorably mustered out of Volunteer Service May 31, 1901)

— Served in Cuba, Major 2d Cavalry, at Matanzas, Sep. to Dec., 1901; at Cienfuegos, commanding post of Paso Caballos Dec., 1901 to April, 1902. — At Fort Ethan Allen, Vt., April to July, 1902. — At Fort Myer, Va., July, 1902, to May, 1903.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 2d Cavalry, Feb. 17, 1903)

— Commanding Fort Ethan Allen, Vt., June to Dec., 1903. — Embarked with 2d Cavalry at New York, Dec. 20, 1903, to Philippine Islands, via Suez Canal route, arriving at Manila, P. I., Feb. 19, 1904. — Detailed on General Staff May 18, 1904. — Military Attache and Observer with Russian Headquarters in Manchuria; traveled via Shanghai, Peking and Mukden; joined General Kuropatkin's headquarters at Laoyan May 17, 1904; present at the battles of Wafango, Laoyan, The Shake and other operations to Dec., 1904. — Traveled via Siberian Railway to St. Petersburg and via Hamburg to the United States. — At War Department, Washington, Jan. 26, 1905 to April 8, 1905. — Chief of Staff, Southwestern Division, Oklahoma, April, 1905 to Sept., 1906.

(Colonel, 5th Cavalry, Aug. 20, 1906)

— Commanding Fort Huachuca, Ariz., to May, 1907.​b1 — At Albany and New York, May, 1907 to April, 1908, as Military Adviser of Commission of Inquiry into National Guard and Naval Militia of the State of New York. — Commanding Fort Huachuca, Ariz., to Jan., 1909.​b2 — With 5th Cavalry to Hawaiian Islands, embarking at San Francisco, Jan. 5, 1909; commanding Cantonment at Leilehua, Island of Oahu, to –––––.

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

(Walter Scribner Schuyler, Born April 26, 1849.)​a2

Military History. —

Colonel, 5th Cavalry, Aug. 20, 1906.

On Island of Oahu, commanding Cantonment at Leilehua, Jan. 5 to October, 1909; commanding Department of California, Oct. 27 to Nov. 1, 1909, and Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, 1909; accompanied Prince Tsai Tao of China on trip through U. S., April 14 to May 14, 1910; commanded District of Honolulu to Dec. 6, 1910; member of General Staff Corps, Nov. 15 to Dec. 16, 1910; at San Francisco, Cal., on special duty to Jan. 3, 1911;

(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Jan. 5, 1911)

Fort Riley, Kans., commanding Mounted Service School and post, Jan. 9 to Feb. 4, 1911; at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., commanding Department of Colorado, Feb. 6 to March 10, 1911; at San Antonio, Texas, commanding Independent Cavalry Brigade, Maneuver Division, March 11 to July 19, 1911; at Fort Riley, Kans., commanding post, July 24, 1911, to June 23, 1912; at Fort Miley, Cal., commanding Department of California, from June 27, 1912; commanding Camp of Instruction on Mexican border, July 27 to Sept. 28, 1912; relinquished command of Department of California, Feb. 14, and assumed command of 8th Brigade at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., from Feb. 15 to April 26, 1913.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, April 26, 1913,
By Operation of Law.

Civil History. — President and General Manager Sierra-Alaska Mining Company of California.

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

Military History: —

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, April 26, 1913,
By Operation of Law.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Brig.‑Gen., Ret., Apr. 26, 1913.

Died, Feb. 17, 1932, at San Francisco, Calif.: Aged 81.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1932.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a1 a2 The Register gives 1849 as the year of Gen. Schuyler's birth; his AOG obituary and his tombstone, q.v., give 1850. His birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b1 b2 But see the Register's entry for Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Clarence A. Stedman, in which that officer is recorded as commanding the post continuously from March 1904 to August 1908.

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