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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1873

Vol. III

(Born O.)

Louis P. Brant

(Ap'd Wash.)


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., 21st Infantry, June 13, 1873.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Vancouver, Wash., Sep. 30 to Oct. 20, 1873, — Ft. Colville, Wash., to June, 1875, — Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., to Sep., 1875, — and Ft. Vancouver, Wash., Sep., 1875; and on leave of absence, to Mar. 31, 1876.

Resigned, Mar. 31, 1876.

Civil History. — Unknown, nothing authentic having been received.

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

Civil History. — Unknown.

Military History. — Reappointed

(Second Lieutenant of Infantry, 1st Infantry, Aug. 7, 1879)

— He joined his regiment Oct. 11, 1879, and served with it at Fort Meade, S. D., to March 30, 1880; on leave to May 29, 1880; with company at San Antonio, Tex., to Aug., 1880; at Pena Colorada, Tex., to April, 1881; at Fort Davis, Tex. (on leave, April to Oct., 1881), to May, 1882; at Holbrook, Ariz., to Oct., 1882; at Whipple Barracks, Ariz.,

(First Lieutenant of Infantry, 1st Infantry, Feb. 20, 1884)

to April, 1884; at Fort Bowie, Ariz., to Nov., 1884; Professor of Mil. Sci. and Tactics at Hobart College, Geneva, N. Y., Dec. 3, 1884 to July 1, 1885; on recruiting service at Geneva, N. Y., to Jan., 1886;​a with company at Angel Island, Cal., to April, 1889; at Benicia Barracks, Cal., to Oct., 1889; at Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., to Sept., 1890; at Benicia Barracks, Cal. (in the field in South Dakota during the campaign against Sioux Indians, Dec., 1890 to Jan., 1891), to Feb., 1892; at Angel Island, Cal., to Oct., 1896 (Regimental Adjutant, Sept. 1, 1893 to Feb. 6, 1897);

(Captain of Infantry, 1st Infantry, Feb. 6, 1897)

at Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., to April, 1898; Assistant to Depot Quartermaster at Tampa, Fla., to Sept., 1898; sick and awaiting action of Retiring Board to Jan. 7, 1899.

Retired from Active Service for disability in the line of duty,
Jan. 7, 1899.

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

Military History. — Retired officer. — Residence, Alameda, Cal.

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

(Louis Philip Brant, Born Sept. 12, 1849.)

Military History. —

Captain, 1st Infantry, Feb. 6, 1897.

Captain, U. S. A., Retired, Jan. 7, 1899,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Since retirement, resided at San Francisco and at Alameda, Cal.

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

Military History. —

Captain, 1st Infantry, Feb. 6, 1897.

Captain, U. S. A., Retired, Jan. 7, 1899,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Since retirement, resided at San Francisco and at Alameda, Calif.

Died, May 11, 1924, at San Francisco, Calif.: Aged 74.

Buried, San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, CA.​b

Thayer's Notes:

a Here is an ad inserted in The Geneva Gazette (Geneva, N. Y.), Friday, August 14, 1885; note that it was scheduled to run for three months starting July 31st:

[image ALT: A photostat of a newspaper want ad. It reads: 'Wanted — Recruits for the U. S. Army, Artillery and Infantry. Able-bodied unmarried men between 21 and 35 years. For further information apply to Louis P. Brant, 1st Lieut. 1st Infantry, R. O., 183½ South Main Street, Geneva, N. Y. — 31july-3m']
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b Of interest: Capt. Brant's tombstone is wrong as to the year of his birth. It could not possibly have been 1859, which would have made him ten years old when he reported to West Point as a New Cadet. The Official Register of Officers and Cadets of the U. S. Military Academy for 1870, the year he was admitted to the Academy, lists him (p16) as being 19 years and 10 months old; and United States Census records for 1900, 1910, and 1920 list him as being 50, 60, and 70 years old respectively.

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