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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1876

Vol. III

(Born Tex.)

John Pitcher​1

(Ap'd at Large)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1872,  p268 to June 14, 1876, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 9th Infantry, June 15,º 1876.

Served: at the Military Academy as Assistant Instructor of Artillery Tactics, July 10 to Aug. 30, 1876 (leave of absence, to early January, 1876);

(Transferred to 1st Cavalry, July 28, 1876)

on frontier duty at San Diego, Cal., Dec. 1, 1876, to June 27, 1877, — and Nez Percés Expedition, to Oct. 25, 1877; in garrison at the Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., to Dec. 3, 1877; on frontier duty at Fort Boisé, Ida., Dec. 11, 1877, to May 30, 1878, — in the field, May 30 to Aug. 26, 1878, being engaged against Bannock Indians, June 23, July 7 and 20, 1878, — and Ft. Boisé, Ida., Aug. 26 to Nov. 25, 1878; on leave of absence, Nov. 25, 1878, to Mar., 1879; conducting recruits to and at Boisé Barracks, Ida. (Scouting, May 31 to Sep. 6, and Sep. 20 to Oct. 4, 1878, being engaged in the Action of Big Creek, Ida., Aug. 20, 1879), to Nov. 11, 1879; as Member of Board to examine candidates for Superintendents of National Cemeteries, Nov. 14, 1879, to May 1, 1880; on frontier duty at Ft. McDermitt, Nev. (Rifle Competition, July 7 to Oct. 28, 1880, Scouting, June, 1881, Instructing recruits at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., Dec. 2‑15, 1881, and leave of absence, to Mar. 11, 1882), to Apr. 27, 1882, — Ft. Bidwell, Cal., to Aug. 11, 1882, — Rifle Competition and on delay, to Dec. 7, 1882, — Regimental Adjutant, Nov. 27, 1882, to Nov. 30, 1885, — Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., to June 10,

(First Lieut., 1st Cavalry, Nov. 27, 1882)

1884, — and march to and at Ft. Custer, Mon., to Dec. 1, 1885; as additional aide-de‑camp to Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Schofield, Dec. 1, 1885, to Dec. 1, 1889; and on frontier duty at Ft. Custer, Mon., Jan. 10, 1890, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Custer, Mont., to May 18, 1891; at Fort Yellowstone, Wyo., to Oct. 15, 1891; at Fort Custer, Mont., to April 20, 1892; at Fort Grant, Ariz.,

(Captain of Cavalry, 1st Cavalry, July 22, 1892)

to Aug. 5, 1892; at Fort Bayard, N. M., to March 2, 1893; at Chicago, Ill., on duty in connection with the World's Columbian Exposition, to Jan. 1, 1894; garrison duty at Fort Bayard, N. M. (on escort duty to General Schofield, May 29 to July 5, 1895), to Oct. 21, 1896; at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. (being frequently in the field operating against renegade Apache Indians), to April 21, 1898; at Camp Thomas, Ga., to April 30, 1898, when, being thrown from his horse, he sustained severe injuries, and was on sick leave to July 14, 1898. — Commanding post of Fort Myer, Va., to Feb. 1, 1899. — With regiment at Fort Meade, S. D., to May 24, 1899. — On sick leave to Aug. 30, 1899. — On duty at Columbus Barracks, O., to Sept. 27, 1899. — On sick leave to ––––

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

Military History. — On sick leave to Mar. 27, 1900; on duty with troop at Fort Meade, S. D., to July, 1900; en route to China with regiment but at Wagasakie,º Japan, regiment diverted to Philippines on account of fall of Pekin; on duty at Batangas, P. I., till about Nov. 20, 1900; sent to San Francisco, Cal., in charge of U. S. Transport Conemaugh; on duty at Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., organizing 15th U. S. Cavalry to April 1, 1901; on duty with two troops 15th Cavalry at Benicia Barracks, Cal., till May 4, 1901; on duty as commanding officer, Fort Yellowstone, and superintendent of Yellowstone National Park from May 8, 1901 to July 12, 1907.

(Major, 6th Cavalry, Dec. 9, 1901)

— Transferred to 7th Cavalry, April 27, 1907; on duty, Fort Riley, Kan., to Nov. 2, 1907; on temporary duty in Office Secretary of War, to May 6, 1908.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 4th Cavalry, April 14, 1908)

Retired at his own request, May 6, 1908; after 30 Years' Service.

Civil History. — Farmer at Edgewater, on South River, Maryland.

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

(Born Sept. 9, 1854.)

Military History. —

Lieut.‑Colonel, 4th Cavalry, April 14, 1908.

Lieut.‑Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, May 6, 1908,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Civil History. Farmer at Edgewater, on South River, Maryland.

Offered his services to the Government by telegraph on the day that the U. S. severed diplomatic relations with Germany; recalled to active  p222 service and assigned at Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Maryland State College of Agriculture, Oct. 1, 1917; served as such until he requested to be relieved from College duty and returned to status on retired list, April 1, 1919.

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

Military History. —

Lieutenant-Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, May 6, 1908,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Died Oct. 12, 1926, at Edgewater, Md.: Aged 72.

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

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Brevet Brigadier-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Thomas G. Pitcher, Class of 1845.

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