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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1877

Vol. III

(Born Pa.)

Fred W. Foster

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born Nov. 21, 1853, Harford, PA.​a1

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1873, to June 14, 1877, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 5th Cavalry, June 15, 1877.

Served: on leave of absence and awaiting orders, June 15 to Dec. 30, 1877; and on frontier duty at Camp Brown, Wy., Dec. 30, 1877, to May 15, 1878, — Ft. McKinney, Wy., June 3, 1878, to Aug. 7, 1879 (leave of absence, to Nov. 25, 1879), — Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy., to May 3, 1880, — Ft. Robinson, Neb., to July 15, 1880, — Ft. Laramie, Wy., (leave of absence, Nov. 25, 1881, to Jan. 28, 1882), to Apr. 7, 1883, — Ft. Sidney, Neb., to July 23, 1883, — Ft. Niobrara, Neb., to May 8, 1885,

(First Lieut., 5th Cavalry, Apr. 1, 1885)

— and Ft. Reno, I. T. (in the Oklahoma Country, July 30 to Aug. 14, 1886, and on Rifle Competition, to Oct. 12, 1886), to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Reno, I. T. (on leave, April to Sept., 1890), to June 21, 1893 (Regimental Quartermaster, Oct. 1, 1890 to Oct. 1, 1894); at Fort McIntosh, Tex., to June 13, 1894; at Fort Sam Houston, Tex.,

(Captain of Cavalry, 5th Cavalry, Oct. 14, 1896)

to May 14, 1898; at Mobile, Ala., and Tampa, Fla., to Aug., 1898; at Huntsville, Ala., to Jan., 1899; en route to and at Cayey, Puerto Rico, to Sept. 27, 1899; on detached duty to Nov. 21, 1899; on duty at Washington, D. C., as member of Board to consider and report upon rations in tropical climates, Dec. 20, 1899 to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: On duty at Washington, D. C., as member of Board to consider and report upon rations in tropical climates, Dec. 20, 1899 to July 24, 1900; at Fort Myer, Va., July 24, 1900 to Mar. 10, 1901; on Board of Officers experimenting with emergency rations at Fort Reno, O. T., from Aug. 15, 1900 to Jan. 12, 1901; en route to Manila, P. I., Mar. 10 to April 19, 1901; at Tanay, P. I., to Sept. 15, 1901; en route to U. S. and at Buffalo on general recruiting service to Mar. 30, 1903; at Fort Apache, Ariz., to July 8, 1904.

(Major, 5th Cavalry, July 8, 1904)

— On leave one month and at army maneuvers in Virginia to Aug. 24, 1904; on leave to Nov. 15, 1904; at Whipple Barracks, Ariz., commanding post and 2d Squadron to July 15, 1906; on D. S. at Kansas City, Mo., superintending manufacture of emergency rations to April 27, 1906; en route to and at Manoeuvre Camp, Fort D. A. Russell, Wyo., Sept. 10, 1906; commanding Provisional Squadron, 5th Cavalry, from July 15 to Oct. 1, 1906; at Whipple Barracks, commanding post to Nov. 25, 1908; commanding regiment, Nov. 1 to 15; on D. S. member of Board of Officers to meet at Hawaiian Islands, Nov. 2, 1908 to Jan. 15, 1909; on duty with regiment, commanding 3d Squadron, to –––––.

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

(Fred Waldron Foster, Born Nov. 21, 1852.)​a2

Military History. —

Major, 5th Cavalry, July 8, 1904.

In Hawaii commanding 3rd Squadron of regiment, Jan. 15 to Aug. 3, 1909; en route to U. S. and on leave to Dec. 6, 1909; at Schofield Bks., Hawaii, commanding 3rd Squadron, Dec. 12, 1909, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 5th Cavalry, March 3, 1911)

March 3, 1911, and with regiment to June 28, 1911.

Died, June 28,​b 1911, at Honolulu, Hawaii: Aged 58.

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

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a1 a2 Col. Foster's birthplace is from his AOG obituary; the year of his birth is given as 1852 in the Register, but 1853 on his tombstone, q.v.

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b The date of Col. Foster's death is given as June 29 on his tombstone, q.v.

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