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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1871

Vol. III

(Born Ten.)

John A. McKinney

(Ap'd Ten.)


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., 4th Cavalry, June 12, 1871.

Served: at the Military Academy, as Assistant Instructor of Artillery Tactics, July 5 to Aug. 31, 1871; on frontier duty at Victoria, Tex., Dec. 23, 1871, to Feb., 1872, — Ft. Richardson, Tex., to June, 1872, — Expedition in Texas, to Oct. 23, 1872, being engaged in the Combat with Comanches, near the mouth of McLellan Creek, Tex., Sep. 29, 1872, — Ft. Richardson, Tex., to Mar., 1873, — Ft. Concho, Tex., Mar., 1873, — Scouting, to Dec., 1873, — Ft. Clark, Tex., to Apr., 1874, — Ft. Duncan,  p176 Tex., to Aug., 1874, — Expedition to the Indian Territory, to Dec. 28, 1874, — Ft. Clark, Tex., to Feb., 1875, — Ft. Sill, I. T., to June 6, 1876 (leave of absence, Dec. 20, 1875, to Mar. 4, 1876), — Ft. Reno, I. T., to

(First Lieut., 4th Cavalry, May 17, 1876)

Aug., 1876, — and on Powder River Expedition, to Nov. 25, 1876, being engaged in the Battle of the Dry Fork of Powder River, when he was

Killed, Nov. 25, 1876:​a Aged 30.

Thayer's Note:

a His death in a cavalry charge is mentioned in Ganoe's account of the battle, The History of the United States Army, p342.

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