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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1874

Vol. III

(Born Va.)

James L. Wilson

(Ap'd W. Va.)


James Lewis Wilson, Born 1848.​a

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

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, June 17, 1874.

Served: at the Military Academy as Assistant Instructor of Artillery Tactics, July 6 to Aug. 31, 1874; in garrison at the Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., Dec. 4, 1874, to Mar. 16, 1875, — Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), May 1, 1875, to May 1, 1876, — San Francisco, Cal., June 9 to July 18, 1876, — Alcatraz Island, Cal., July 18 to Aug. 12, 1876, — Camp Robinson, Neb., Aug. 28 to Sep. 21, 1876, — Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., Oct. 1, 1876, to Oct. 1, 1878 (in the field, June 25 to Aug. 24, 1878), — Fort Point, Cal., Oct. 1, 1878, to Feb. 6, 1880, — Alcatraz

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Jan. 1, 1880)

Island, Cal., to Apr. 20, 1880, — Fort Point, Cal. (detached service, Aug. 13 to Oct. 11, 1880, and Oct. 3‑26, 1881), to Nov. 23, 1881, — and Ft. Trumbull, Ct., to Oct. 14, 1884; as Professor of Military Science and Tactics, West Virginia University, Oct. 30, 1884, to Sep. 25, 1888; in garrison at Ft. Trumbull, Ct., to Nov. 30, 1888; under Torpedo Instruction at Willet's Point, N. Y. (Engineer School of Application), Dec. 2, 1888, to Jan. 1, 1889; and in garrison at Ft. McPherson, Ga., Sep. 27‑30, 1889, — and Jackson Barracks, La., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Jackson Barracks, La., to Sept. 20, 1890; at Fort McPherson, Ga., to Dec., 1890; on recruiting service at Charlotte and Greensboro, N. C., to Oct., 1891; with Light Battery at Fort Riley, Kan., to Feb. 27, 1893; at Chicago, Ill., on duty with the  p242 World's Columbian Exposition, to Nov. 30, 1893; garrison duty at Fort McHenry, Md. (on duty at Purchasing Commissary at Baltimore, Md., July 25 to Nov. 1, 1895), to Dec. 22, 1896; at Delaware City, Del., in charge of construction and repairs at Fort Delaware and Finn's Point,

(Captain of Artillery, 6th Artillery, March 8, 1898)

to April, 1898; garrison duty at Fort McHenry, Md., to June 15, 1898, and at Hawkins Point, Md., to July 21, 1898.

(Major and Chief Quartermaster, U. S. Volunteers,
by assignment, June 20, 1898)

— Quartermaster on transport service plying between Newport News, Va., Puerto Rico, and New York, July to Oct., 1898; Chief Quartermaster, 2d Division, 7th Corps, Nov. 5, 1898 to Feb. 11, 1899; Chief Quartermaster, Department of Province of Havana, to April 20, 1899, and of the Department of Province of Havana and Pinar del Rio to March 13, 1900. — En route to and under medical treatment at Fort Bayard, N. M., to ––––

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

Military History.En route to and under medical treatment at Fort Bayard, N. M., to Dec. 13, 1900; on sick leave; honorably discharged from the volunteer service, May 1, 1901 to Nov. 4, 1901.

Major, U. S. A., Retired Nov. 4, 1901, disability in line of duty.

Died April 13, 1902, at Aiken, S. C., Aged –––​c

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a Maj. Wilson's full name is from Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army. The year of his birth is from the Official Register of Officers and Cadets of the United States Military Academy, 1871, where he is listed as having been admitted to the Academy on July 1, 1870 at the age of 21 years and 7 months: he was thus probably born in December, 1848.

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b According to Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, Cadet Wilson had served in the Union Army in the War between the States as a Private and Bugler, Company K, 2nd West Virginia Infantry, from Dec. 1, 1862 to Dec. 4, 1865.

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c From the Official Register of Officers and Cadets of the United States Military Academy, 1871 (see my previous note) he must have been 53 years old.

Fort Bayard was primarily home to an Army tuberculosis sanatorium.

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