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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1876

Vol. III

(Born N. Y.)

Oscar F. Long

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born Utica, 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., 5th Infantry, June 15,º 1876.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Keogh, Mon., and Scouting, Nov. 3, 1876, to Sep. 18, 1877, being engaged in the Combat of "Wolf Mountains," Jan. 8, and Fight on "Lame Deer Creek," May 6, 1877, — and on Nez Percés Expedition, to Oct. 28, 1877, being engaged in the Fight of "Bear Paw Mountain," Sep. 30, 1877; on leave of absence, Oct. 28, 1877, to Feb. 6, 1878; in office of Chief Engineer of the Department of Dakota, at St. Paul, Min., to May 2, 1878; on frontier duty at Ft. Keogh, Mon., to Aug. 15, 1878, — Scouting, Aug. 15 to Oct., 1878, — and Ft. Keogh, Mon., and Scouting, Oct., 1878, to Feb. 6, 1881, being engaged in the Action of "Milk River," Mon., July 17, 1879; as Aide-de‑Camp

(First Lieut., 5th Infantry, Oct. 21, 1881)

to General Miles, to Sep. 12, 1885; on frontier duty at Ft. Keogh, Mon., to May 30, 1888, — Regimental Adjutant, Mar. 31, 1887, to Oct. 29, 1889,  p261 — and Ft. Bliss, Tex., to Nov. 9, 1889; and as Adjutant of District of Columbia Militia, Nov. 16, 1889, to –––––.

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

Military History. —

Medal of Honor

for most distinguished gallantry in action against Indians at Bear Paw Mountain, Mont., Sept. 30, 1877; having been directed to order a troop of cavalry to advance, and having found both officers killed, he voluntarily assumed command, and, under a heavy fire from the Indians, advanced the troop to its proper position; while 2d Lieutenant, 5th Infantry, and acting aide-de‑camp to the colonel commanding.

— Relieved from duty as Adjutant of District of Columbia militia, Aug. 9, 1892.

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, May 26, 1892)

Served: In Quartermaster-General's Office, Washington, D. C., June 17, 1892 to Sept., 1896. — On detached service in City of Mexico as delegate to meeting of American Health Association, from Nov. 18 to Dec. 12, 1892, and officially representing the United States Government at the inauguration of President Diaz, Mexico, Dec., 1892. — Assistant to the Depot Quartermaster, San Francisco, Cal., and in charge of Clothing and Equipage Branch, from Sept. 25, 1896 to Aug. 10, 1898. — Acting Chief Quartermaster, Department of California, from April 18 to May 19, 1898. In command of the Quartermaster's Dept, San Francisco, Cal., from Aug. 10, 1898 to –––––; General Superintendent, Army Transport Service, San Francisco, Cal., from Feb. 15, 1899 to ––––

(Major and Quartermaster, U. S. Volunteers, May 12, 1898)

(Lieut.‑Colonel and Quartermaster, U. S. Volunteers,
by assignment, Aug. 10, 1898 to March 2, 1899)

Served: In charge of principal Quartermaster's Depot, San Francisco, Cal., from May 12, 1898 to March 2, 1899. — General Superintendent, Army Transport Service, from Feb. 15 to March 2, 1899.

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, March 2, 1899)

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

Military History. — Served: In command of the General Depot, Quartermaster's Department, San Francisco, Cal., from Aug. 10, 1898 to Oct. 1, 1901; organized, and was general superintendent of, the Army Transport Service, San Francisco, Cal., during the Spanish-American War and Filipino Insurrection, from Feb. 15, 1899 to March 31, 1902.

(Major, Staff-Quartermaster, U. S. Army, Feb. 2, 1901)

(Honorably Discharged from Volunteer Service, only, Mar. 13, 1901)

(Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers, April 26, 1901)

(Honorably Discharged as Brigadier-General U. S. Volunteers, only,
June 20, 1901)

— In Quartermaster-General's Office, Washington, D. C., from April 22, 1902 to July 10, 1904.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff Deputy-Quartermaster-General, U. S. Army,
June 25, 1904)

 p244  Brigadier-General, U. S. A., July 10, 1904,
Retired, July 11, 1904, at his own request: over 30 Years' Service.

Civil History. — President, Union Belt Railway Co., Oakland, Cal.; Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, Pacific Steel & Wire Company, Oakland, Cal.

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

(Oscar Fitzalan Long, Born June 16, 1852.)

Military History. —

Medal of Honor.

Lieut.‑Colonel, Deputy Quartermaster-General, June 25, 1904.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., July 10, 1904.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, July 11, 1904,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Civil History. — President, Union Belt Railway Co., Oakland, Cal.; Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, Pacific Steel and Wire Co., of same place; President, California Wire Cloth Co., of same place.

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

Military History: —

Medal of Honor.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, July 11, 1904,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

 p134  Died, Dec. 23, 1928, at Piedmont, Calif.: Aged 76.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1929.

Buried, Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Long's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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