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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1874

Vol. III

(Born Mo.)

John Philipº Wisser

(Ap'd Mo.)


Born St. Louis, MO.​a

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 Key West, Fla., Oct. 13, 1874, to Dec. 21, 1875 (Indian Key, Fla., Apr. 2 to Oct. 29, 1875), — Ft. Warren, Mas., Dec. 29, 1875, to Apr. 29, 1876, — Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), May 1 to Oct. 19, 1876, — Bennettsville, S. C., Oct. 21 to Nov. 18, 1876, — Washington Arsenal, D. C., Nov. 19, 1876, to Feb. 5, 1877, — and Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), Feb. 8, 1877, to May 1, 1878 (on delay, to Jan. 2, 1878), — and Ft. Adams, R. I., July 29, 1878 (leave of absence, to Aug. 28, 1878); at the Military Academy, as Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology, Aug. 28, 1878, to Aug. 28, 1882; as Assistant Instructor at Artillery

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Jan. 13, 1880)

 p226  School for Practice, Ft. Monroe, Va., to Jan. 10, 1884; in Europe attending Schools and Colleges, and witnessing Autumn Manoeuvres of the French Army, to Oct. 10, 1884; in garrison at Ft. Winfield Scott, Cal., to Dec. 5, 1884, — Ft. Canby, Wash., to Sep. 21, 1885, — and Vancouver Barracks, Wash. (Aide-de‑Camp to Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Gibbon, Jan. 2 to Aug. 5, 1886), to Aug. 5, 1886; and at the Military Academy as Principal Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology, Aug. 28, 1886, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology, U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., Aug. 28, 1886 to Aug. 13, 1894. — Served at Fort Hamilton, N. Y., Aug. 15, 1894 to Nov. 4, 1895. — On practice march with Light Battery K, 1st Artillery, to Tyringham, Mas., and return, July and Aug., 1895; at Fort Monroe, Va., Nov. 4, 1895 to July 21, 1898. — Editor Journal U. S. Artillery, Nov. 4, 1895 to present time. — On practice march with Light Battery K, from Fort Hamilton, N. Y., to Palenville, N. Y., Aug. and Sept., 1896. — Appointed instructor, Department of Military Science, U. S. Artillery School, Fort Monroe, Va., June 14, 1897. — Appointed instructor, Department of Military Engineering, U. S. Artillery School, April 6, 1898.

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

— Served at Fort Slocum, N. Y., July 22, 1898 to Feb. 20, 1899. — On a Board in New York City to examine candidates for commissions during Aug., 1898. — On muster‑out of commissioned volunteers, Sept. 8 to Dec. 23, 1898. — Served at Fort Monroe, Va., as Editor Journal U. S. Artillery and Acting Ordnance Officer, to ––––

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

Military History. — On muster‑out of Connecticut Volunteers, Sept. 8, to Dec. 23, 1898; at Fort Monroe, Va., as Editor Journal U. S. Artillery, and Acting Ordnance Officer, Feb. 20, 1899, to May, 1901; in charge of newly organized School for Electrician Sergeants, Dec. 29, 1899, to April 9, 1900; at Pan‑American Exposition, Buffalo, New York, my1901, to Jan., 1902.

(Major, Artillery Corps, Nov. 4, 1901)

 p217  — At Fort Monroe, Va., to Feb. 23, 1902; at Fort Adams, R. I., to July 1, 1903; detailed to collate and present to the respective Boards of Arbitration the data contained in reports of army and navy observers, umpires, etc.; at the army and navy maneuvers in Narragansett Bay, R. I., Sept., 1902, and in Portland Harbor, Maine, Aug., 1903; Military Inspector and Instructor in Summer Camp of New Hampshire National Guard at Concord, N. H., in June, 1902; same with Rhode Island National Guard, at Quonset, R. I., in July, 1903; mustered Rhode Island Militia, under Dick law, in Sept., 1902; detailed to witness U. S. naval maneuvers, Caribbean Sea, Nov. and Dec., 1902, on board the Flagship Kearsarge; commanding Fort Greble, R. I., July 1, 1903, to Jan. 21, 1904; Artillery Inspector, Pacific Division, Jan. to June, 1904; Umpire in Camp of Instruction at American Lake, Wash., June, 1904; commanding Fort Miley, Cal., July 23, 1904, to Oct. 7, 1904; Inspector-General, Pacific Division, Oct. 7, 1904.

(Lieut.‑Colonel Artillery Corps, March 28, 1906)

— To Oct. 1, 1906, including the trying times during and immediately following the great earthquake and fire in San Francisco, Cal., April 18, 1906; Inspector-General at Camp of Instruction, American Lake, Washington, Aug. and Sept., 1906; in office Chief of Staff, Washington, D. C., October, 1906; Military Attache, Berlin, Germany, Nov. 19, 1906, to July 18, 1909.

(Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, May 27, 1907)

— In office Chief of Staff, Washington, D. C., Aug. and Sept., 1909; commanding Artillery, District of Savannah, station Fort Screven, Ga., Oct. 6, 1909, to ––––

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

(Born July 19, 1852.)

Military History. —

Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, May 27, 1907.

At Washington, D. C., in office of Chief of Staff, August and September, 1909; at Fort Screven, Ga., commanding Artillery District of Savannah, Oct. 6, 1909, to Jan. 15, 1911 (at Chickamauga Park, Ga., Senior Umpire, Camp of Instruction, July, 1910); at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., commanding post and Artillery District of San Francisco, Feb. 6, 1911, to June 19, 1912 (organized and mobilized the 4th Provisional Regiment of Coast Artillery, and held it ready for field service, March, 1911); at Fort Winfield Scott, Cal., commanding post and Artillery District of San Francisco, June 19, 1912, to Feb. 15, 1913; at Fort Miley, Cal., commanding Department of California, April 8 to June 26, 1912; and Jan. 2 to 30, 1913; and commanding Pacific Coast Artillery District, Feb. 15 to

(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., May 26, 1913)

Sept. 13, 1913; at Texas City, Texas, commanding 4th Brigade, 2nd Division, Sept. 18, 1913, to Jan. 4, 1914; at Fort Miley, Cal., commanding Pacific Coast Artillery District, Jan. 4, 1914, to Jan. 5, 1915; at Schofield Bks., Hawaii, commanding post and 1st Hawaiian Brigade, Jan. 14 to Nov. 6, 1915; at Honolulu, commanding Hawaiian Department, Nov. 6, 1915, to May 13, 1916; en route to U. S. and to his home, awaiting retirement, May 3 to July 19, 1916.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, July 19, 1916,
By Operation of Law.

Re‑assigned to active duty by the President, Aug. 7, 1917; at Honolulu, commanding Hawaiian Department, Sept. 13, 1917, to May 13, 1918; en route to his home and returned to the retired list, May 13 to June 26, 1918.

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

Military History. —

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, July 19, 1916,
By Operation of Law.

Died, Jan. 19, 1927, at San Francisco, Calif.: Aged 74.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1927.

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

Thayer's Note:

a Col. Wisser's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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