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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1874

Vol. III

(Born Mo.)

Arthur Murray

(Ap'd Mo.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1870, to June 17, 1874, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, June 17, 1874.

Served: in garrison at St. Augustine, Fla., Sep. 30, 1874, to Mar., 1875, — Charleston, S. C., Mar. 25 to Dec. 8, 1875,º — Summerville, S. C., Aug. 5 to Nov. 18, 1875,ºFt. Adams, R. I., Dec. 12, 1875, to Oct. 18, 1877, except while engaged in suppressing Labor Strikes in Pennsylvania, July 24 to Oct., 1877, — Ft. Trumbull, Ct., Oct., 1877, to Apr. 29, 1878, — Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), May 1, 1878, to

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, June 14, 1878)

Apr. 29, 1880, — and Ft. Trumbull, Ct., to June 30, 1881; at the Military Academy as Assistant Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, July 1, 1881, to Aug. 28, 1885, and Principal Assistant, Aug. 28, 1885, to Aug. 28, 1886; in garrison at the Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., Oct. 1, 1886, to Oct. 31, 1887; and Acting Judge-Advocate of the Department of the Missouri, with the rank of Captain, Oct. 12, 1887, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: Acting Judge Advocate, Department of the Missouri, to July, 1891; Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of Dakota, July, 1891 to Nov., 1891; in command Battery L, 1st Artillery, Fort Wadsworth, N. Y., from Nov., 1891 to Aug., 1896; Professor Military Science and Tactics, Yale University, Aug. 1, 1896 to April 15, 1898; appointed

(Captain, Staff — Assistant Quartermaster, Oct. 14, 1896 — Declined)

(Captain of Artillery, 1st Artillery, Feb. 10, 1898)

— In command Battery A, 1st Artillery, Key West, Fla., April 18 to Aug. 20, 1898; at Camp Wikoff, Montauk Point, L. I., Aug. 25 to Sept. 17, 1898; in command of Battery A, 1st Artillery, and post of St. Francis Barracks, Fla., Sept. 22, 1898 to Jan. 1, 1899; Acting Judge Advocate, 1st Army Corps, and Provost Marshal, Department of Matanzas, Cuba, Jan. 25 to Feb. 5, 1899; Acting Judge Advocate and aide to Major-General commanding Department of Matanzas, Cuba, from Feb. 5 to Apr. 26, 1899; on duty in office of Judge Advocate-General, Washington, D. C., from May 3, 1899 to ––––

(Colonel, 43d U. S. Volunteer Infantry, Aug. 17, 1899)

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

Military History. — Served: On duty in office of Judge Advocate-General, Washington, D. C., from May 3, 1899 to Aug., 1899; organized regiment (43d U. S. Volunteer Infantry), at Fort Ethan Allen, Vt., Aug. 18, Nov. 15, 1899; sailed with regiment from New York for Philippines, Nov. 15, 1899; arrived Manila, Dec. 31, 1899; on outpost duty with regiment at Manila, Jan. 1, 1900, Jan. 21, 1900; present at captures of Calbayog and Catbalogan, Samar, P. I., Jan. 28 and 29, 1900; in command shore forces at capture Tacloban, Leyte, P. I., Feb. 1, 1900; commanding District of Samar and Leyte, P. I., Feb., 1900, and of Sub‑district of Leyte, Department of Albay and Catanduanes, P. I., March to June, 1900; in command at battle and capture of Hilongos, Leyte, P. I., May 6, 1900; commanding 1st District, Department of the Visayas, June, 1900, to June, 1901.

(Major and Judge Advocate, May 22, 1901, Declined)

(Major, Artillery Corps, Aug. 22, 1901)

— Detailed as Commandant, School of Submarine Defense, Fort Totten, N. Y. and as President of Torpedo Board, Oct. 3, 1901; detailed as member of the Board of Engineers, in addition to other duties, July, 1903; in charge of Submarine Mine Defense of Eastern Entrance to Long Island Sound, of Portland Harbor, Me., and of Fort Monroe, Baltimore and Washington, during army and navy maneuvers, 1902, 1903 and 1905.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Artillery Corps, April 14, 1905)

(Colonel, Artillery Corps, Oct. 1, 1906)º

(Brigadier-General, Chief of Artillery, Oct. 1, 1906)º

— Detailed as member of Board of Ordnance and Fortification and of Joint Army and Navy Board, Oct., 1906; on duty, Washington, D. C.,  p214 as Brigadier-General, Chief of Artillery, from Oct. 1, 1906 to Feb. 17, 1909. En route via Suez to Philippines, Feb. 12, 1909 to –––––, returning via Hawaii; inspecting fortifications and sites in Philippines, on H. I., and Pacific Coast of U. S.; on duty at Washington, from Aug. 31, 1909 to ––––

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

(Born April 29, 1851.)

Military History. —

Brigadier-General, Chief of Artillery, Oct. 1, 1906.

At Washington, D. C., Aug. 31, 1909, to March 13, 1911;

(Major-General, U. S. A., March 13, 1911)

Assistant to Chief of Staff, March to August, 1911; at San Francisco, Cal., commanding Western Department and 3rd Military Division, August, 1911, to April 29, 1915, when he reached the age of 64; continued in command of the Western Department and 3rd Division by Special Act of Congress, April 29 to Dec. 4, 1915.

Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 4, 1915.

Recalled to active duty Aug. 21, 1917; at San Francisco, Cal., commanding Western Department, Sept. 6, 1917, to May 14, 1918, when he reverted to the retired status.

Civil History. — Vice-Chairman, American National Red Cross, with Hdqrs. at Washington, D. C., Dec. 8, 1915, to Dec. 8, 1916; President of the Army and Navy News of San Francisco, 1918.

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

Military History: —

Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 4, 1915,
Act of Mar. 4, 1915.


Distinguished Service Medal.

"For exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous services as department commander, Western Department, between Aug. 29, 1917, and May 14, 1918. He handled many difficult problems arising in that department with rare judgment, tact, and great skill."

Died, May 12, 1925, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 74.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1930.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

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