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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1876

Vol. III

(Born N. Y.)

John R. Williams​12

(Ap'd at Large)


Born Fort Hamilton, NY.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1872, to June 14, 1876, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, June 15, 1876.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., Sep. 30, 1876, to July 23, 1877; in suppressing Railroad Disturbances in Pennsylvania, July 23 to Oct. 27, 1877; in garrison, at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., Nov. 3, 1877, to Oct. 1, 1878; at the Military Academy as Assistant Professor of French, Oct. 2, 1878, to Aug. 28, 1882, and Principal Assistant, to Aug. 28, 1883; in

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, Mar. 15, 1881)

garrison at Atlanta, Ga., to Dec. 11, 1883, — Ft. Barrancas, Fla., to Apr. 21, 1884, — and Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), to Sep. 1, 1886; on leave of absence in Europe, Oct. 1, 1886, to Aug. 15, 1887; and in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: With regiment, in garrison at Washington Barracks, D. C., Oct. 1, 1890 to Sept. 30, 1893; on leave of absence, Oct. 1‑27, 1893; on detached service, Adjutant-General's Office, Military Information Division, Oct. 28, 1893 to July 29, 1897; Military Attaché, U. S. Legation, Berne, Switzerland, Aug. 21, 1897 to July 30, 1898.

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

— With regiment, in garrison, in command of battery, Fort Preble, Me., Aug. 11, 1898 to April 26, 1899, and in command of battery, Washington Barracks, D. C., April 27, 1899 to ––––

Civil History. — Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honor of France, Sept. 19, 1897;​b accepted under the provisions of an Act of Congress approved March 3, 1899.

[In the Act of Congress approved March 2, 1899, Sect. 13, appears the following provision: "That any officer now in the army, who was graduated at the head of his class at the United States Military Academy and who is not now in the Corps of Engineers, may be appointed to the Corps of Engineers with the same grade and date of commission that he would have if he had been appointed to the Corps of Engineers on graduation." This provision has not yet, July 20, 1899, been carried into execution, so far as Captain Williams is concerned.]

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

Military History. — Served: In command of Siege Battery O, Washington Barracks, D. C., April 27, 1899 to April 10, 1900; Fort Riley, Kansas, April 13 to Aug. 6, 1900; Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., (for duty in China) Aug. 11 to Sept. 3, 1900; (Movement of siege Battery O arrested); Benicia Barracks, Cal., Sept. 3 to Oct. 2, 1900; Fort Riley, Kansas, Oct. 9, 1900 to March 8, 1901; Fort Totten, N. Y.,º Mar. 12, 1901 to Aug. 6, 1902 (commanding 82d Company, Coast Artillery to July, 1902).

(Major of Artillery (Coast Artillery) June 18, 1902)

— Leave of absence Aug. 7 to Sept. 16, 1902; Fort Casey, Washington, commanding station, Sept. 22 to Nov. 21, 1902; Major, Assistant Adjutant General (by detail) Nov. 6, 1902; Headquarters Department of California, San Francisco, Cal., as Assistant Adjutant General and Adjutant General, Nov. 24, 1902 to June 1st, 1904; En route to Philippines Division, June 1 to 27, 1904; Headquarters Department of Luzon, Manila, P. I.; on special duty and as Adjutant General and Assistant Adjutant General, June 27, 1904 to Oct. 19, 1905; Adjutant General, Department of Mindanao, Zamboanga, P. I., Oct. 21, 1905 to

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Artillery (Coast artillery) June 9, 1906)

Aug. 11, 1906; En route to Department of California, Aug. 12 to Sept. 29, 1906; Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., Sept. 29 to Oct. 11, 1906; leave of absence, Oct. 12 to Dec. 12, 1906; Key West Barracks, Fla., commanding station and Artillery District of Key West, Dec. 17, 1906 to May 28, 1907; Fort Hamilton, New York, commanding station, May 31 to Nov. 16, 1907; Fort Du Pont, Delaware, commanding station and Artillery District of the Delaware,

(Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, Jan. 20, 1908)

Nov. 17, 1907 to May 7, 1909; leave of absence, May 8, 1909, to –––––.

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

(Born Feb. 15, 1855.)

Military History. —

Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, Jan. 20, 1908.

On leave of absence, May 8 to July 24, 1909; at Washington, D. C., on special duty in office of Chief of Staff, July 24, 1909, to June 30, 1910.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, June 30, 1910,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

At Washington, D. C., on special duty at Army War College, July 1, 1910, to April 20, 1916 (sick in quarters, Nov. 28, 1915, to April 22, 1916); on duty in office of Adjutant General of the Army, April 28 to July 28, 1917.

Died, March 24, 1919, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 64.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1919.

The Author's Notes:

1 Son of Brig.‑General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Thomas Williams (Class of 1837) killed in the Defense of Baton Rouge, La., Aug. 5, 1862.º

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2 Son of Brigadier-General Thomas Williams, U. S. V., Major 5th Artillery, U. S. A., who graduated U. S. M. A. in 1837; grandson of Assistant Surgeon John H. Bailey, U. S. A.; great-grandson of Captain Gershom Mott, of Lamb's Artillery Regiment of the Continental Army.º

Thayer's Notes:

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

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b This award of the Légion d'Honneur, the Register offering no explanation, to a very junior officer whose only apparent connection with France was to have taught its language five years at the Military Academy, was mystifying to me. A bit of digging and I think I found the solution in the Preface to the First Edition (1899) of A French-English Military Technical Dictionary by Col. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Cornélis De Witt Willcox: see my note in the Register's entry for that officer.

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