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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1874

Vol. III

(Born W. Va.)

Charles A. Williams

(Ap'd Mo.)


Born Wheeling, WV.​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., 21st Infantry, June 17, 1874.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Vancouver, Wash., Sep. 30 to Oct. 8, 1874, — Ft. Townsend, Wash., Oct. 11, 1874, to Oct. 4, 1875, — Ft. Wrangel, Alas., Oct. 21, 1875, to Sep. 26, 1876, — Ft. Townsend, Wash., Oct. 2, 1876, to June 19, 1877, — Nez Percés Expedition, to July 11, 1877, when he was severely wounded in the action of Clearwater, — Ft. Townsend, Wash., to 1878 (sick leave of absence, Aug. 2 to Nov. 2, 1877), — in the field, June 14 to Aug. 11, 1878, — Ft. Lapwai, Ida., Aug. 11, 1878, to Apr. 6, 1879 (leave of absence, to Oct. 1, 1879), — Vancouver

(First Lieut., 21st Infantry, Nov. 11, 1879)

Barracks, Wash., to Dec. 11, 1879, — Ft. Lapwai, Ida., to Oct. 31, 1882, — Vancouver Barracks, Wash., to June 25, 1884, — Regimental Quartermaster, Mar. 25, 1884, to Mar. 25, 1885, — Ft. Sidney, Neb., to Nov. 27, 1899; and in garrison at Columbus Barracks, O., to –––––.

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

(Charles Andrew Williams)

Military History. —

(Brevet 1st Lieutenant, Feb. 27, 1890, for gallant services in action against Indians at the Clear Water, Idaho, July 11, 1877, where he was severely wounded)

(Captain of Infantry, 21st Infantry, Nov. 14, 1890)

 p250  On, special duty at Recruiting Depot, Columbus, O., establishing and conducting canteen, conducting consolidated mess and recruiting offices, from Nov., 1889 to Nov., 1891. — Commanding company at Fort Sidney, Neb., to May, 1892. — Commanding Company A at Fort Niagara, to Oct., 1894; commanding Company A at Plattsburg Barracks, Oct., 1894 to April, 1898. — Commanding Company A, 21st Infantry, in Santiago campaign, leading company over San Juan Hill, April to July 4, 1898 (July 1. See Report of General of the Army.) — Brigade Quartermaster, 2d Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, Jan. 4 to Aug. 31, 1898. — Commanding company to Jan. 5, 1899, in Cuba. — Collector of Customs, Nuevitas, Cuba, Jan. to Oct., 1899.

(Major of Infantry, 17th Infantry, June 8, 1899)

— On sick leave, Oct. 30 to Dec. 30, 1899. — Under orders to proceed to Philippine Islands.

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

Military History. —

(Major, 17th Infantry, June 8, 1899)

— Detached service at Nuevitas, Cuba, as Collector of Customs; relieved from duty in Cuba and ordered to join regiment, Oct. 21, 1899; granted two months' leave, Oct. 30, 1899; sick leave extended three months; granted two months' leave of absence on expiration of sick leave; joined regiment at Bautista, P. I., July 22, 1900; commanding troops stationed at Rosales, from July 23 to 30, 1900; relieved from duty at Rosales and ordered to San Isidro Zambales to take command of sub‑district garrisoned by 17th Infantry in Zambales Province; commanding 1st Battalion, from July 27, 1900; commanding regiment from Nov. 15, 1900 to Feb. 20, 1901; commanding Post of Dagupan and 3d Battalion from February 20 to March 9, 1901, and from March 17 to April 28, 1901; on detached service at Manila, P. I., from March 10 to 17; changed station from Dagupan to Lingayan, April 28, 1901; detached service at Manila, P. I., April 16 to 25, 1901; transferred from command of 3d Battalion to 1st Battalion, June 1, 1901; changed station from Lingayan to Jolo and took command 2d Battalion, Sept.; command of 2d Battalion and Jolo and Third District and Jolo; relieved from command of Jolo and troops in said district, embarking on Transport Crook, Feb. 12, 1902, en route to the United States; commanding regiment, Feb. 27, 1902; relieved from command of regiment and assigned to 2d Battalion; Summary Court Officer, Fire Marshall, Vancouver Barracks, April 30, 1902; relieved from Summary Court and Fire Marshall.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 28th Infantry, June 28, 1902)

— On four months' leave of absence, from Aug. 1, 1902; detached service at Manila, P. I., en route to join, having arrived in the Philippine Islands, Dec. 28, 1902; joined regiment from detached service at Manila, P. I., arriving at San Francisco de Malabon, Cavite, Jan. 2, 1903; Summary Court, Jan. 25, 1903; command of Battalion (Companies A, D, F and G, 28th Infantry); relieved from Summary Court, Feb. 13, 1903; command of regiment from Feb. 21, 1903; commanding Post and Construction Force, from Feb. 24, 1903; detailed to the Inspector-General's Department, and ordered to Saint Paul, Minn.; left Post of Iligan, Mindanao, P. I., June 1, 1903, en route to the United States; Inspector-General, on duty at Washington to about Aug. 3, 1903; reported for duty as Inspector-General, Department of Dakota, Aug. 7, 1903, station at Saint Paul, Minn.; made annual  p225 inspection of Forts Meade, Lincoln, Keogh, Yellowstone, Harrison, Missoula and Snelling; inspected accounts of Engineer Officer, Upper Mississippi and at Duluth, Minn.; sick, operated on for appendicitis; awaiting orders at Saint Paul, Minn., pending appointment of General Wood.

(Colonel, 21st Infantry, Jan. 23, 1904)

— Joined regiment April 1, 1904, at Fort Snelling, Minn.; assumed command of regiment and post, April 1, 1904; command of post to Oct. 31, 1904; left Fort Snelling, Minn.; with regiment, Oct. 31, 1904, en route to station at Infantry Cantonement, Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., arriving there on Nov. 5, 1904, and assumed command same date; relieved from command of post (Infantry Cantonement), Jan. 31, 1905; left Infantry Cantonement with regiment and boarded the U. S. A. Transport Sherman, and sailed on same at noon, Feb. 1, 1905, en route to Manila, P. I., sailing by way of Honolulu and Guam, arriving at Manila, P. I., March 2, 1905; commanded the United States troops on board Transport Sherman, from Feb. 1 to March 3, 1905; transferred to Transport Sheridan at Manila and sailed on same for station at Camp Connell, Samar, P. I., arriving March 6, 1905; command of Post of Camp Connell, from March 7, 1905; on detached service at Camp Jossman, Guimaras, P. I.; on G. C. M. duty, July 2 to 8, inclusive; on 20º days' leave of absence, July 9 to 18;º on D. S. at Camp Jossman, Guimaras, Aug. 17 to Sept. 6, 1905; on G. C. M. Q. L. 20, D. Vis, June 23, 1905; commanding Post, March 7 to July 2; July 18 to Aug. 16 and since Sept. 8, 1905; on detached service at Iloilo, P. I.; on G. C. M. duty, Oct. 6 to 23, 1905; commanding Post of Camp Connell, from Oct. 1 to 6, and from Oct. 23, 1905 to April 25, 1906; commanding the Department of the Visayas, from April 25 to April 30, 1906; left Camp Connell, April 26, rejoined May 5, 1906; commanding regiment and post, from May 5 to June 11, 1906; commanding Department of the Visayas, from June 11 to July 20, 1906; left Camp Connell, June 11; rejoined July 22; relinquished command of regiment, June 22, 1906; command of regiment from July 20, 1906; commanding Post of Camp Connell, July 22, 1906; relinquished command of Camp Connell, Samar, P. I., Sept. 14, 1906; command of troops on board the U. S. A. Transport Kilpatrick and Logan, from Sept. 14, 1906 to Oct. 20, 1906; sailed from Camp Connell, Samar, Sept. 16, 1906, and from Mariveles, P. I., Sept. 20, 1906; arrived in San Francisco, Cal., Oct. 17, 1906; at Fort Logan, Colo., Oct. 25, 1906 to Dec. 20, 1906; on 20 days' leave of absence, Dec. 20, 1906 to Jan. 8, 1907; in command of post and regiment, Jan. 8, 1907; member of Army Retiring Board, Denver, Colo., March 9, 1907 to Aug. 17, 1907; on leave of absence 10 days, Dec. 26, 1907; leave extended 20 days, Dec. 26, 1907; rejoined from leave, Jan. 4, 1908 and assumed command of regiment and post; on detached service, May 11 to 13, 1908, inclusive, (3 days) for horseman­ship test from Fort Logan, Colo., to Castle Rock, Colo.; on leave of absence for ten days, June 3 to 12, inclusive; member of Army Retiring Board, June 9, 1908; left Fort Logan, Colo., (in command of F. S. Band, nine companies and machine gun Platoon, 21st Infantry), July 14, 1908, by marching, en route to Maneuver Camp Emmet, Crawford, Wyo., near Dale Creek, Wyo., arriving there on July 29, 1908; distance marched, 210 miles; commanding regiment to July 31, 1908; assigned to command of the Provisional Infantry Brigade, Aug. 1, 1908 (for maneuvers); relieved Aug. 31, 1908; ordered to report to President, Board of Officers for examination; completed 90‑mile riding test, Aug. 28, 29, 30, 1908; Aug. 27, 1908, participated in maneuvers during entire month of Aug. 1908; left Camp Emmet, Crawford, Wyo., by marching (with regiment), at 7:00 A.M., Sept. 1, 1908, for Dale Creek, Wyo., en route Fort Logan,  p226 Colo.; entrained at Dale Creek, Wyo., Sept. 1, 1908, and arrived at Fort Logan, Colo., Sept. 2, 1908; on leave of absence, from Sept. 15, to Dec. 11, 1908; relieved as member of Army Retiring Board; commanding post and regiment, Dec. 11, 1908 to –––––.

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

(Charles Andrew Williams, Born April 3, 1852.)

Military History. —

Colonel, 21st Infantry, Jan. 23, 1904.

At Fort Logan, Colorado, commanding regiment and post, Dec. 11, 1908, to Sept. 3, 1909 (commanding Department of Colorado, June 8‑27, 1909); commanding regiment and other troops en route to Philippines, Sept. 6 to Oct. 5, 1909; commanding Department of Mindanao, Oct. 5 to Nov. 11, 1909; at Camp Keithley, commanding regiment and post, Nov. 14, 1909, to March 16, 1910; commanding Ludlow Bks. to April 3, 1910; in Zamboanga and Manila on detached service to July 8, 1910; commanding Ludlow Bks. and regiment, Aug. 23 to Sept. 8, 1910; en route to and on leave in Japan, Sept. 8 to Oct. 21, 1910; en route to U. S., Oct. 21 to Nov. 13, 1910; on leave of absence, Nov. 14 to Dec. 15, 1910; in Washington, D. C., on duty at War College, Dec. 15, 1910, to Feb. 28, 1911; on leave of absence, Feb. 28 to April 3, 1911.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, April 3, 1911,
At His Own Request, After Over 40 Years' Service.

Placed on active duty Aug. 28, 1918, and assigned to command of the Harvard Unit of the Student's Army Training Corps; member of the Harvard Faculty.

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

Military History: —

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Apr. 3, 1911,
At His Own Request, After Over 40 Years' Service.

Awarded Silver Star and cited "for gallantry in action against Spanish forces at Santiago, Cuba, July 1, 1898."

Died, July 4, 1926, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 74.

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

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a Col. Williams' birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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