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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1875

Vol. III

(Born Pa.)

George B. Backus

(Ap'd Col.)


George Benjamin Backus: Born Nov. 6, 1850, near Smithport, PA.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1871, to June 16, 1875, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Cavalry, June 16, 1875.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., Sep. 25 to Oct. 4, 1875, — Ft. Colville, Wash., Oct. 8, 1875, to July 9, 1878, — Bannock Campaign, to Oct. 8, 1878, — Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., Oct. 8, 1878, to Mar. 21, 1880, — Ft. Klamath, Or., to July 24, 1882, — Ft. Colville,

(First Lieut., 1st Cavalry, Jan. 12, 1880)

Wash., to Sep. 9, 1882, — Ft. Walla Walla, Wash. (Scouting, Apr. to June, 1883, and escorting General of the Army, July to Sep., 1883), to  p246 June 10, 1884, — Ft. Assinniboine, Mon. (Scouting, Oct.‑Nov., 1886), to July 11, 1887, — Ft. Buford, Dak. (leave of absence, Nov. 15, 1887, to Jan. 30, 1888, and absent without leave, to Mar. 12, 1888), to Nov. 10, 1888, — and Ft. Maginnis, Mon., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Maginnis, Mont., Oct. 1, 1888 to Sept., 1890, as A. A. Q. M. and A. C. S., Post Adjutant, Recruiting Officer, Range and Topog. Officer. — Fort Custer, Mont., Sept. 16, 1890. — In the field with four troops of the 1st Cavalry, at the Northern Cheyenne Agency, during the autumn of 1890, being adjutant of the command. — In command of Troop D, 1st Cavalry, in an expedition against hostile Sioux Indians, Jan., 1891. — Fort Custer, Feb. 8, 1891, sick to March 23, when he was reported unfit for duty from sciatica contracted in the line of duty. — At Fort Keogh, Mont., July 24, 1891, in command of his troop, to Nov. 8, 1891. — Sick in his quarters, Nov. 11 to Dec. 28, 1891. — Absent without leave, from March 27, 1892 to April 6, 1892. — Absent sick at Denver, Colo., awaiting promotion and retirement. — Ordered to Fort Logan, Colo., May, 1892. — To Fort Apache, Ariz., sick in quarters, from Oct. 11, 1893. — On sick leave for six months, leaving station Dec. 6, 1894.

Died, June 14, 1895, at Dallas, Tex.: Aged 44.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1896, for an obituary notice.

Buried, San Antonio National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX.

Thayer's Note:

a Lt. Backus' full name and birth data are from his AOG obituary.

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