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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1871

Vol. III

(Born Ill.)

Frederick Schwatka

(Ap'd Or.)


Born September, 1849.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1867, to June 12, 1871, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Cavalry, June 12, 1871.

Served: in conducting recruits to Arizona, Oct. 20, 1871, to Nov. 28, 1871, — Camp McDowell, Ara., Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, 1871, — Ft. McPherson, Neb., to May 1, 1872, — North Platte, Neb., May 1, 1872, to Aug., 1874 (Big Horn Expedition, Aug. 13 to Oct., 1872), — Ft. McPherson, Neb., Aug., 1874, to Apr., 1875, — Camp Sheridan, Neb., Apr. 28 to Sep. 24, 1875 (leave of absence, to Mar. 14, 1876), — Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy., Apr. 9 to May 18, 1876, — Big Horn and Yellowstone Expedition, to Oct. 24, 1876, — Camp Sheridan, Neb., to Oct. 29, 1877, — Scouting, to Dec. 3, 1877, — and Spotted Tail Agency, Dak., Dec. 3, 1877, to Mar. 6, 1878; on leave of absence, Mar. 6, 1878, being in command of a Polar Expedition, and in search of the remains of Sir John Franklin,​b

(First Lieut., 3d Cavalry, March 20, 1879)

to Oct. 1, 1880; on Special duty in New York city, to May 14, 1881; on frontier duty at Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy. (sick), to June 21, 1881; on sick leave, to Sep. 21, 1881, and on leave of absence, to Oct. 21, 1881; as Aide-de‑Camp to Brig.‑General Miles, Oct. 21, 1881 (leave of absence, Feb. 28 to Sep. 24, 1882, and on Exploring Expedition in Alaska, May 20 to Oct. 12, 1883), to May 8, 1884; on frontier duty at Ft. Thomas, Ara., to Aug. 2, 1884; as witness before U. S. Court at Portland, Or., to Sep. 6, 1884; and on leave of absence, to Jan. 31, 1885.

Resigned, Jan. 31, 1885.

Civil History. — On Exploring Expedition in Alaska, 1885‑86. Author of "Along Alaska's Great River" (Yukon), 1886.

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

Civil History. — Lecturer on Arctic exploration, etc., 1882‑92.

Died Nov. 2, 1892, at Portland, Ore.: Aged 43.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1893, for an obituary notice.º

Buried, Salem Pioneer Cemetery, Salem, OR.

Thayer's Notes:

a Lt. Schwatka's birthdate is from his AOG obituary.

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b Lt. Schwatka's expedition in search of Franklin is of some importance in the history of polar exploration. It is briefly told in his AOG obituary, which is well worth reading.

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