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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1876

Vol. III

(Born Vt.)

Herbert S. Foster​1

(Ap'd Vt.)


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., 20th Infantry, June 15,º 1876.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Lincoln, Dak., Oct. 4 to Nov. 15, 1876, — Ft. Pembina, Dak., Nov. 24, 1876, to Dec. 20, 1877, — conducting insane soldiers to Washington, D. C., and on delay, Dec. 20, 1877, to Jan. 31, 1878, — Ft. Brown, Tex., Jan. 31, 1878 (leave of absence, Feb. 27 to June 3, 1879) to May 18, 1880, — and Corpus Christi, Tex., to May 8, 1881; on sick leave of absence, to Nov. 30, 1881; on frontier

(First Lieut., 20th Infantry, June 14, 1881)

duty at Ft. Dodge, Kan., to Oct. 2, 1882, — and Ft. Supply, I. T., to Oct. 1, 1883; on leave of absence, to Mar. 16, 1884; and on frontier duty at Ft. Elliott, Tex., to Apr. 30, 1885, — and Ft. Assinniboine, Mon. (leave of absence, July 10 to Nov. 9, 1886), to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Assinniboine, Mont., to Sept. 1, 1890. — As Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, Burlington, Vt., to Sept. 1, 1893.

(Captain of Infantry, 20th Infantry, April 20, 1891)

— At Fort Buford, N. D., to Oct. 10, 1894. — In command of expedition collecting and removing Gros-Ventre Indians to the Fort Berthold Indian  p267 Agency, N. D., March 17 to April 10, 1894. — Engaged in the siege and capture of Santiago de Cuba, and the battles incident thereto, July 1 to 17, 1898, Spanish-American war. — At Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to Jan. 21, 1899. — En route to Philippine Islands, Jan. 21 to –––––; Served during Filipino insurrection, 1899 and 1900, in Luzon, Philippine Islands. — Engagements: St. Guadaloupe Church, March 13; Pasig, March 15; and Cainta, March 16, 1899.

(Major of Infantry, 12th Infantry, Nov. 15, 1899)

(Transferred to 18th Infantry, Dec. 6, 1899)

— Served in Provost Guard, city of Manila, March 18, 1899 to ––––

Civil History. — Messenger, House of Representatives, Legislature of Vermont, sessions of 1867‑69, and in Vermont Constitutional Convention, 1870. — Commander, Vermont Division, Sons of Veterans, U. S. A., Sept., 1891 to July, 1892.

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

Military History. — Served: In Provost Guard, City of Manila, Mar. 18, 1899 to Mar., 1900; at Rosales, Luzon, P. I., to June, 1900; at Victoria and San Fernando, Luzon, P. I., to Aug., 1901; en route to  p243 U. S. and on leave of absence to Jan. 17, 1902; on recruiting duty at Indianapolis, Ind., to June, 1902; at Fort Duchesne, Utah, to Aug., 1903.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 12th Infantry, July 26, 1903)

— At Fort Bliss, Texas, to Feb. 23, 1904. — At Camp Jossman, Guimaras, P. I., April 3, 1904 to Feb. 10, 1905; at Camp Gandara, Samar, P. I., and in the field, in command of 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, Pulahan Campaign of 1905, Feb. 12 to April 18, 1905; at Camp Jossman, Guimaras, P. I., to April 9, 1906, commanding regiment, Nov. 5 to Dec. 23, 1905, and April 4 to 12, 1906; en route to U. S., April 9 to May 15, 1906; at Fort Niagara, N. Y., to July 1, 1906.

(Colonel, 9th Infantry, June 25, 1906)

— On leave of absence to Oct. 6, 1906.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired Oct. 6, 1906,
for disability incurred in line of duty.

— (Omissions, Vol. IV: Served at Fort Leavenworth, Oct., 1894 to April, 1898; en route to Philippines, Jan. 21 to Feb. 23, 1899.)

Civil History. — Messenger, House of Representatives, Legislature of Vermont, sessions of 1867‑68‑69, and in Vermont Constitutional Convention, 1870; Captain, General William Wells Camp No. 19, Vermont Division, Sons of Veterans, U. S. A., 1891; Lieut.‑Colonel, Vermont Division, Sons of Veterans, U. S. A., June to Sept., 1891; Colonel, Vermont Division, Sons of Veterans, U. S. A., Sept., 1891 to July, 1892; Commander, W. R. Burnap Camp No. 39, Vermont Division, Sons of Veterans, U. S. A., 1907; Patriotic Instructor, Vermont Division, Sons of Veterans, U. S. A., Nov., 1906 to June, 1907, and June, 1908 to May 1909; Master, Calais Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, Nov. 1, 1907 to Jan. 1, 1909; Member Military Order, Loyal Legion, Military Order Foreign Wars, Military Order of the Carabao, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Veterans, U. S. A., Society of Santiago-de‑Cuba, Vermont Historical Society, and the Patrons of Husbandry; farmer, since Nov. 1, 1906; service medals: Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection. — Born in Calais, Vt., Aug. 8, 1853. — Post office address, North Calais, Vt.

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

(Herbert Sidney Foster, Born Aug. 8, 1853.)

Military History. —

Colonel, 9th Infantry, June 25, 1906.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Oct. 6, 1906,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Civil History. — Farmer since Nov. 1, 1906; Justice of the Peace, 1911 to 1914, inclusive; member House of Representatives, Legislature of Vermont, 1915‑1916; member Vermont Committee of Public Safety, 1917‑1918; Enrollment Agent, U. S. Public Service Reserve, Nov. 1, 1918; Lecturer, Winooski Valley Pomona Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, 1909 to 1917, inclusive; Overseer of same, 1918; Councilor, Washington County Humane Society, 1916‑1917; member Board of Managers, Vermont Society, sons of the American Revolution, 1908 to 1913, inclusive;  p213 Chairman of same, 1909, 1911, 1912 and 1913; Commander, Vermont Commandery, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U. S., 1913; Commander, Vermont Commandery, Military Order of Foreign wars of the U. S., 1914; Vice-Commander General, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the U. S., 1915; member of Montpelier Historical Society; member and founder, American Historical Society; member of Society of Indian Wars of the U. S.

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

Military History: —

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Oct. 6, 1906,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Adjutant, Infantry Battalion, on expedition to disarm and dismount the Indians along the Missouri River below Fort A. Lincoln, D. T., especially at Standing Rock and Cheyenne, Oct. 15 to Nov. 10, 1876. Acting Regimental Adjutant and A. A. A. General District of the Rio Grande, May 14 to June 17, 1878.

Awarded Silver Star and cited "for gallantry in action against insurgent forces at Cainta, Luzon, P. I., Mar. 16, 1899."

Civil History: — Farmer since Nov. 1, 1906; member, House of Representatives, Legislature of Vermont, 1915‑1916; Chairman, Committee on Military Affairs, House of Representatives, Legislature of Vermont, 1915.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., Oct. 6, 1906.

Died, Oct. 15, 1932, at North Calais, Vt.: Aged 79.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1933.º

Buried, Fairview Cemetery, East Calais, VT.

The Author's Note:º

1 Son of 1st Lieutenant Sidney H. Foster, 1st Vt. Heavy Artillery, and 11th Vermont Volunteers.

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