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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1874

Vol. III

(Born N. J.)

Harrison G. Otis

(Ap'd at Large)


Born Salem, NJ.​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., 4th Cavalry, June 17, 1874.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. McKavett, Tex., Oct. 26, 1874, to Mar. 27, 1875, — Ft. Elliott, Tex., to Mar. 30, 1876; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), May 6 to Aug. 4, 1876; on frontier duty at Camp Custer, Neb., Aug. 10 to Oct. 29, 1876, — and on Powder River Expedition, Nov. 1, 1876, to Jan. 22, 1877; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), Feb. 6 to Apr. 24, 1877;

(Transferred to 4th Artillery, Feb. 27, 1877)

on frontier duty at Ft. Stevens, Or., May 14 to June, 1877, — and on Nez Percés Expedition, June to Oct., 1877; in garrison at the Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., Nov. 7, 1877 to June, 1878; on frontier duty at Camp McDermitt, Nev., June to Oct., 1878; in garrison at Angel Island, Cal., Oct. 6, 1878, to Mar. 11, 1879, — Ft. Stevens, Ore., to July 2, 1879, — Angel Island, Cal., to Oct. 3, 1879, — and Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., to Sep. 22, 1880; and on leave of absence to July 1, 1881.

Resigned, July 1, 1881.

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

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

(Harrison Gail​b Otis)

Civil History. — Unknown.

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

(Harrison Gail Otis)

Civil History. — Unknown.

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

(Born Oct. 16, 1852.)

Military History. —

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

Transferred to 4th Artillery, Feb. 27, 1877.

Resigned, July 1, 1881.

Civil History. — Mining Engineer in development of coal and iron fields in Alabama, 1882‑1884; Professor of Mathematics and of Military Science, Trinity Hall, Washington, Pa., 1884‑1890; Civil Engineer employed on construction of Croton Aqueduct, N. Y., 1891‑1894; with Engineer Department, U. S. A., in charge of construction of Forts Michie and Terry, Long Island Sound, 1896‑1899; Assistant Engineer of construction of Breakwater at Buffalo, N. Y., 1899‑1901; Mining Engineer, development of coal mines along Allegheny River, Pa., 1901‑1902; with Quartermaster Department, U. S. A., in charge of construction at Fort Sheridan, Ill., 1902‑1908; at San Diego, Cal., Structural Engineer, 1908‑1914, and since 1914, Consulting Structural and Sanitary Engineer.

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

Military History: —

Second Lieutenant, 4th Cavalry, June 17, 1874.

(Transferred to 4th Artillery, Feb. 27, 1877.)

Resigned, July 1, 1881.

Died, Sept. 19, 1928, at San Diego, Calif.: Aged 75.

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

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.​c

Thayer's Notes:

a Lt. Otis's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b Harrison Otis's middle name, as given him at birth, was Gray; as explained in his AOG obituary, it went on Army records as Gail thru a clerical error: and as any vet knows, once the Army gets something in her head . . . The mistake is corrected on his tombstone, q.v.

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c Lt. Otis's burial place is from his AOG obituary. His grave does not seem to be recorded online anywhere, but his wife's is, at Arlington Cemetery.

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