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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1876

Vol. III

(Born Md.)

Lawrence L. Bruff

(Ap'd Md.)


Born St. Michael's, MD.​a

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

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

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Reno, I. T., Sep. 30, 1876, to Jan., 1877; and in garrison at Indianapolis Arsenal, Ind., Jan. 15 to March 25, 1877, — Madison Barracks, N. Y., Apr. 9 to June 25, 1877, — Ft. Schuyler, N. Y. June 26, 1877, to Apr. 14, 1878 (leave of absence, to Apr. 29, 1878), — and Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), May 1 to Dec. 21, 1878; on leave of absence, Dec. 21, 1878, to Jan. 9, 1879; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., Nov. 9, 1879; as Assistant Ordnance

(First Lieut., Ordnance, Oct. 30, 1879)

Officer at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., Dec. 3, 1879, to Apr. 26, 1883; on sick leave of absence, to Nov. 5, 1883; as Assistant Instructor at Watertown Arsenal, Mas., to Aug. 25, 1884; at the Military Academy as Assistant Instructor of Ordnance and Gunnery, Aug. 28, 1884, to Aug. 28, 1886; on Foundry duty at Cold Spring, N. Y., to Sep. 8, 1887; and as Assistant at Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: As Assistant at Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., to Aug. 18, 1891.

(Captain, Ordnance, June 15, 1890)

— Instructor of Ordnance and Gunnery, U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., Aug. 18, 1891 to ––––

Civil History. — Author of Exterior Ballistics, Nevin's Method, 1885. — Notes on Machine and Rapid Fire Guns, Small-Arms, and Ballistic Machines, 1892. — Gunpowder and Interior Ballistics, 1892. — Exterior Ballistics, Gun Construction, U. S. Sea‑coast Guns, 1892. — Ordnance and  p263 Gunnery, 1896. — All text-books for the use of cadets at the U. S. Military Academy.

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

Military History. — Served: Instructor of Ordnance and Gunnery, U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., Aug. 18, 1891 to Aug., 1900; Aug., 1900, Assistant to Chief of Ordnance, U. S. A., to 1901; Principal Assistant to same to April 5, 1903.

(Major, Ordnance, April 5, 1903)

— Assistant to Chief of Ordnance, U. S. A., to 1904; Assistant Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., to 1907.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Ordnance, Jan. 25, 1906)

— Assistant Frankford Arsenal, Pa., to 1909.

(Colonel, Ordnance, June 13, 1909)

— Inspector of Ordnance, Midvale and Bethlehem Steel Works, 1909, to –––––.

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

(Lawrence Laurenson Bruff, Born Oct. 14, 1851.)

Military History. —

Colonel, Ordnance Department, June 13, 1909.

Inspector of Ordnance, Midvale and Bethlehem Steel Works, 1909 to Aug. 4, 1911.

Died, Aug. 4, 1911, at Philadelphia, Pa.: Aged 60.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1912.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.​b

Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Bruff's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b Col. Bruff's burial place is from his AOG obituary.

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