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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1876

Vol. III

(Born Tex.)

Joseph F. Cummings

(Ap'd Tex.)


Born July 16, 1851, Brownsville, TX.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1871, to June 14, 1876, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 10th Cavalry, June 15,º 1876.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy., Oct. 2 to Nov. 6,

(Transferred to 3d Cavalry, July 28, 1876)

1876, — Camp Robinson, Neb., Nov. 17, 1876, to Feb. 22, 1877, — Expedition to the Black Hills, Feb. 22 to Apr. 17, 1877, being engaged in the Capture of a hostile Indian village on Crow Creek, Dak., Feb. 23, 1877, — Camp Robinson, Neb., Apr. 17 to Oct. 22, 1877, being engaged in the movements resulting in the capture and death of the Indian chief Crazy Horse, — Removing Indians to their new agency, Oct. 25 to Nov. 25, 1877, — Red Cloud Agency, Dak., Nov. 25, 1877, to Oct. 28, 1878, — Camp Robinson, Neb., Nov. 13, 1878, to Jan. 28, 1880, — and Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy., to June 8, 1880; on leave of absence, to Jan. 1, 1881, and

(First Lieut., 3d Cavalry, Jan. 30, 1881)

sick leave, to Apr. 6, 1881; on frontier duty at Ft. Washakie, Wy. (reconnoissance in Yellowstone Park, July 23 to Aug. 28, 1881), to Mar. 22, 1882, — Ft. Omaha, to May 6, 1882, — Scouting, and at Whipple Barracks, Ara., to Aug. 8, 1883, — and Ft. Verde, Ara., to June 21, 1883; on leave of absence, to Aug. 21, 1883; and under instruction at  p270 Ft. Leavenworth (Kan.) School of Application, Sep. 3, 1883, to Feb. 15, 1884.

Dismissed, Feb. 15, 1884.

Civil History. — In Mexico, 1884‑86. Teacher, Galveston, Tex., 1886‑88. Superintendent of Public Schools, Brownsville, Tex., since 1888.

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

Civil History. — Inspector of Customs, Brownsville, Tex., from May 13, 1899 to –––––; In 1890 was Superintendent of Public Schools in Brownsville, Tex.; continued as such till Aug., 1898. — Captain of Washington Guards, Company A, 1st Regiment Texas Volunteer Guard, March, 1888 (of Galveston, Tex.). — Won medal for best captain at interstate drill, Austin, Tex., May, 1888. — Resigned July, 1888. — Elected captain of Brownsville Rifles, Company C, 1st Regiment Texas Volunteer Guard, March, 1899. — The company, under his command (organized less than three months), won prize flag for best disciplined company at interstate drill, Galveston, Tex., May, 1889. — Company disbanded in 1890.

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

(Joseph Franklin Cummings)

Civil History. — Resigned as Inspector of Customs, Brownsville, Tex., in Aug., 1900; proprietor and editor of The Border News, Brownsville, till 1902; purser of Steamship Manteo, employed in the gulf trade, till Nov., 1902; assisted as civil engineer in building Galveston sea wall, from Nov., 1902 to Nov., 1903, when the work was completed; principal of a school in Galveston, Texas, Nov., 1903 to June, 1904; resigned and employed by U. S. Engineer Department, Pittsburg, Pa., till Sept., 1906; resigned and principal of public schools in Greenbackville, Va., to –––––. Address, Greenbackville, Va.

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

(Joseph Franklin Cummings, Born June –––, 1851.)

Military History. —

First Lieut., 3d Cavalry, Jan. 30, 1881.

Dismissed, Feb. 15, 1884,
Per G. C. M. O., No. 9, A. G. O., Feb. 11, 1884.

Captain, Co. A, 1st Regt. Texas Vol. Guard, 1888.

Resigned, July, 1888.

Captain, Co. C, 1st Regt. Texas Vol. Guard, 1889.

Company Disbanded, 1890.

Civil History. — In Mexico, 1884‑86; teacher at Galveston, Texas, 1886‑88; Superintendent of Public Schools at Brownsville, Texas, 1888‑98; Inspector of Customs for Brownsville, 1899‑1900; property and editor of the Brownsville News to 1902; purser of the Steamship Manteo to 1902; assisted as civil engineer during the building of the Galveston sea wall, 1902‑03; Principal of school in Galveston, 1903‑04; employed in U. S. Engineer Department, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1904‑06; Principal of Public School at Greenbackville, Va.; taught school for one year at Tappahannock, Va.; purchased Plaza Hotel in Washington, D. C., until he

Died, March 30, 1912, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 60.

Obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1919.

Buried, Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.

Thayer's Note:

a Capt. Cummings' birth data are from W. H. Chatfield, The Twin Cities of the Border and the Country of the Lower Rio Grande (New Orleans: Brandao, 1893; reprint, Brownsville: Brownsville Historical Association, 1959), as cited on the page at Find-a‑Grave. The month of birth given in the Register is very likely wrong.

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