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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1875

Vol. III

(Born Mis.)

Robert K. Evans

(Ap'd Mis.)


Born Jackson, MS.​a

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

Second Lieut., 12th Infantry, June 16, 1875.

Served: in garrison at Angel Island, Cal., Sep. 30, 1875, to Apr. 5, 1876, — and Alcatraz Island, Cal., to June 26, 1877; on Nez Percés Expedition, with Reserve Column, to Oct. 30, 1877; in garrison at Alcatraz Island, Cal., Oct. 30 to Jan., 1877, — and Angel Island, Cal., to June 9,  p253 1878; on Bannock Campaign, June 9 to Aug. 28, 1878; in garrison at Angel Island, Cal., to Sep. 7, 1878; and on frontier duty, at Ft. Whipple, Ara., Sep. 27, 1878, to Sep. 12, 1879; conducting insane soldiers to Washington, D. C., to Oct. 20, 1879; on leave of absence, to Nov. 6, 1880; on frontier duty at Whipple Barracks, Ara., to Mar. 15, 1882, —

(First Lieut., 12th Infantry, Jan. 8, 1882)

Ft. Lowell, Ara., to July 5, 1882, — and Ft. Apache, Ara., to Oct. 6, 1882; and in garrison at Madison Barracks, N. Y., to Oct., 1885, — Ft. Ontario, N. Y., to Oct. 11, 1886, — Madison Barracks, N. Y., to July 25, 1887, — Ft. Yates, Dak., to July 9, 1888, — Regimental Adjutant, Apr. 1, 1887, to July 1, 1888, — and on duty at Military Prison, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: In command of the prison guard, U. S. Military Prison, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to July, 1891. — Instructor at Infantry and Cavalry School in Military and International Law to July, 1892. — Military Attaché to the U. S. Embassy in Berlin to Sept., 1896.

(Captain of Infantry, 12th Infantry, Oct. 19, 1893)

— En route to United States and on leave, Sept. 22, 1896 to March, 1897. — Garrison duty at Fort Niobrara, Neb., to April, 1898; at Camp Thomas, Ga., and at Tampa, Fla., to June 14, 1898; in Cuba in the campaign against Santiago, Cuba, to Aug., 1898 — being engaged in the battles of El Caney and San Juan, Cuba, July 1‑3, 1898, and in operations around Santiago, July 4 to 17, 1898; on sick leave Aug. to Oct., 1898. — Garrison duty at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., to Nov., 1898; at Fort Riley, Kan., to Feb. 19, 1899; en route to and in Philippines to ––––

Civil History. — Author of prize memoir for Infantry Society, 1898, subject, "The Infantry of our Regular Army."

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

Military History. — unknown, no information having been received.

(Major, 30th Infantry, Feb. 2, 1901)

(Transferred to 12th Infantry, July 17, 1901)

(A. A. G., by detail, Oct. 7, 1901)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 5th Infantry, April 14, 1905)

(Colonel, 30th Infantry, Nov. 29, 1909)

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

(Robert Kennon Evans, Born Nov. 19, 1852.)

Military History. —

Captain, 12th Infantry, October 19, 1893.

At Fort Riley, Kans., November, 1898, to Feb. 19, 1899; en route to Philippines; commanding Battalion in the Field at San Fernando, Angeles, Panique, Camiling, San Miguel, Laoag and Moncada to

 p207  (Major, 30th Infantry, Feb. 2, 1901)

April 25, 1901, and participating in the following engagements: attack on Filipino trenches south of Manila, June 10, 1899; various attacks on San Fernando by Filipinos, June and July, 1899; battle of San Fernando, Aug. 9, 1899; reconnoissance to Porac, Aug. 11, 1899; attacks about Angeles, Aug. 16 and 18, 1899, being recommended by Brevet Board for Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel for "distinguished gallantry in action at Angeles, Aug. 16"; night attack on Angeles, Oct. 26, 1899; attack on Bamban, Nov. 11, 1899; in August, 1900, commanded two companies of 12th Infantry and Troop of 3d Cavalry in skirmish with Insurgents in mountains east of Badoc; in Island of Marinduque, commanding Battalion 30th Infantry, to July, 1901; commanded Mindoro Expedition of six companies 30th Infantry and three companies Philippine Scouts,

(Transferred to 12th Infantry, July 17, 1901)

August, 1901; en route to U. S., Sept. 5 to Oct. 1, 1901; Adjutant-General, Department of the Columbia, Oct. 12, 1901, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 5th Infantry, April 14, 1905)

May 15, 1905 (Chief Umpire, American Lake Maneuvers, July 1 to 15, 1904); on special duty, member of General Court Martial and Special Inspector, Department of the Columbia, to Oct. 26, 1905; joined 5th Infantry at Plattsburg Bks., N. Y., Nov. 1, 1905; inspected National Guard of Mississippi, Feb. 3 to March 15, 1906; on relief duty at San Francisco, Cal., May 1 to June 1, 1906; at Mount Gretna, Pa., Chief of Staff, Camp of Instruction, June 15 to Aug. 10, 1906; at Jefferson Bks., Mo., commanding Recruit Depot, Aug. 24, 1906, to Dec. 22, 1907 (Executive Officer, National Match, May 16 to June 13, and Aug. 16 to 30, 1907; detailed member of General Staff, Nov. 25, 1907); at Washington, D. C., Chief of 3rd Division, General Staff, Dec. 23, 1907; Director Army War College, Dec. 27, 1907; Executive Officer, National Match, 1908, 1909; attended session of Naval War College, Newport, R. I., July 1 to Sept. 30, 1909;

(Colonel, 30th Infantry, Nov. 29, 1909)

at Washington, D. C., on detached service, Nov. 30 to

(Transferred to 28th Infantry, Dec. 13, 1909)

Dec. 31, 1909; on leave of absence in Cuba, Yucatan and Mexico to April 18, 1910; Executive Officer, National Match, June 8 to Aug. 31, 1910; at Washington, D. C., in office of Chief of Staff, Jan. 9, 1911;

(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Jan. 30, 1911)

Chief of Division of Militia Affairs and additional member of General Staff, March 15, 1911, to Aug. 31, 1912 (Executive Officer, National Match, Aug. 8 to Sept. 11, 1911; at Grays Harbor, Wash., on detached service, July 12 to 30, 1912; in camp near Monterey, Cal., Aug. 10 to 23, 1912); at Atlanta, Ga., commanding Department of the Gulf, Oct. 2, 1912; member of Board for Promotion of Rifle Practice, Dec. 17, 1912; commanding 2nd Brigade, Feb. 15, 1913; conducted National and International Rifle Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio, August and September, 1913; at Governor's Island, N. Y., commanding Department of the East, February, 1914, to July 6, 1914; at Laredo, Texas, commanding 2nd Infantry Brigade, July, 1914, to April 17, 1916; organized Aero Club of Texas, 1915; assigned to command of Hawaiian Department, April 17, 1916; organized Aero Club of Hawaiian Islands, 1916.

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

Recalled to active duty June 30, 1917, and assigned to command of Department of the Philippines; relieved from active duty and returned to retired list, Sept. 5, 1918; organized Aero Club of Philippine Islands, 1917.

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

Military History: —

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


Distinguished Service Medal.

"For exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous services as department commander, Philippine Department, between Aug. 5, 1917, and Aug. 5, 1918. He handled many difficult problems arising in that department with rare judgment, tact, and great skill."

Awarded two Silver Stars and cited "for gallantry in action against Spanish forces at El Caney, Cuba, July 1, 1898," and again, "for gallantry in action against insurgent forces at Angeles, Luzon, Philippine Islands, Aug. 16, 1899."

Died Aug. 3, 1926, at Camaldoli, Italy: Aged 73.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1928.

Buried, Cimitero Acattolico, Rome, Italy.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Evans' birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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