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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1873

Vol. III

(Born Cal.)

George F. E. Harrison

(Ap'd Cal.)


George Francis Edward Harrison: Born Nov. 8, 1851.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1869, to June 13, 1873, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, June 13, 1873.

 p215  Served: in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., Oct. 1, 1873, to Feb. 1, 1875; at the Military Academy, as Assistant Professor of French, Feb. 6, 1875, to Aug. 28, 1879, — Assistant Instructor of Artillery Tactics, Apr. 10, 1875, to Apr. 15, 1876, — and Assistant Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics, Aug. 31, 1877, to Aug. 28, 1879; on leave of absence in Europe, to May 1, 1880; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va.

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, Jan. 20, 1881)

(Artillery School for Practice), to June 15, 1882, — Ft. McHenry, Md., to Sep. 30, 1883, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. (Instructor of Artillery and Engineering in Infantry and Cavalry School of Application), to Nov. 21, 1885, — and Mt. Vernon Barracks, Ala., to Apr. 12, 1886; studying Gymnastics at the Military Academy, to Aug. 14, 1886; and as Professor of Military Science and Tactics, University of California, Sep. 23, 1886, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Joined regiment (2d Artillery) at Fort Adams, R. I., from detached duty at University of California, March 23, 1891. — Regimental Quartermaster, May 29, 1896 to March 8, 1898.

(Captain of Artillery, 7th Artillery, March 8, 1898)

— At Fort Slocum, N. Y., from April 24 to May 12, 1898. — In command of defenses of Portland Head, Me., from May 13, 1898 to June 9, 1899. — At Fort Adams, R. I., from June 10, 1899 to ––––

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

Military History. — At Fort Adams, R. I., from June 10, 1899 to Sept., 1901 as Regimental Quartermaster, 7th Artillery. — At Fort Mott, N. J., in command, from Oct. 8, 1901 to March 20, 1902.

(Major, Coast Artillery, Feb. 21, 1902)

— Detailed as Artillery Inspector of the Department of the East, March 20, 1902, with station at Governor's Island, N. Y., from March 30, 1902 to Jan. 29, 1904.​b — Detailed by War Department, Nov. 6, 1903, on Special Board to select sites for fortifications at Guantanamo and Bahia Honda, Cuba. — Detailed as a member of the General Staff, Jan. 29, 1904, with station at Washington, D. C. — Detailed as Assistant to the Chief

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Artillery Corps, April 1, 1906)

of Artillery, March 31, 1906. — Acting Chief of Artillery from April 10, 1906 to July 16, 1906. — To Fort Monroe, July 16, 1906, as Commandant of the Artillery School, and in command of the Artillery District of the Chesapeake. — Detailed by War Department, in addition to other duties, Oct. 15, 1907, member of Board of Ordnance and Fortifications.

(Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, Oct. 29, 1907)

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired Jan. 14, 1908,
for disability incident to the service.

Died March 25, 1909, at Fort Monroe, Va.: Aged 57.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1909, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Harrison's full name is from Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army. His birthdate is from his tombstone, q.v.

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b He was the co‑author, with Mark Lambert Bristol, USNA 1887, (at the time an Ensign serving as aide to the Commander‑in‑Chief of the North Atlantic Fleet, but now best known as the distinguished American High Commissioner to Turkey, and later as Commander of the Asiatic Fleet, and one of the key reformers of the Navy), of a 17‑page Rules for Army and Navy Maneuvers, published by the Adjutant-General's Department in 1903; revised by Maj. Harrison and Cdr. William Swift, USNA 1867, in 1905.

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