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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1877

Vol. III

(Born Va.)

Charles B. Gatewood

(Ap'd Va.)


Charles Bare Gatewood: Born Apr. 6, 1853, Woodstock, VA.a1

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1873,  p278 to June 14, 1877, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 6th Cavalry, June 15, 1877.

Served: on leave of absence and awaiting orders, June 15, 1877, to Jan. 1, 1878; and on frontier duty at Ft. Wingate, N. M., Jan. 1‑29, 1878, — and Camp Apache, Ara., and Scouting, Feb. 5, 1878, to May 29, 1879, — commanding Indian Scouts in the field, to Nov. 28, 1879, being engaged with hostile Indians, Sep. 26‑27 and Oct. 28, 1879, — Ft. Apache and Scouting, to Jan. 8, 1881, being engaged with hostile Indians, Apr. 7 and 15, 1880 (on leave of absence, to May 5, and on sick leave, to July 5, 1881), — commanding Indian Scouts in the field, to Nov. 5, 1881, — Ft. Apache, Ara., to Apr. 6, 1882, — Ft. Grant, Ara., and Scouting, to Nov. 14, 1882, — Ft. Apache, Ara., to Mar. 26, 1883, — Scouting in Arizona and New Mexico, to June 28, 1883, — Ft. Apache, Ara., Scouting, and on Indian duty, to Jan. 4, 1886, — Ft. Stanton, N. M., to May 30, 1885, —

(First Lieut., 6th Cavalry, Jan. 3, 1885)

and commanding Indian Scouts in the field and on Expedition to Sonora, Mex., leading to the Surrender of hostile Apaches, to Sep. 14, 1886; as Aide-de‑Camp to General Miles, Sep. 14, 1886, to –––––; and on leave of absence, Dec. 15, 1886, to Mar. 22, 1887.

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

Military History. — Served: Aide-de‑camp to General Miles, commanding Department of Arizona, Oct. 10, 1886 to Sept. 14, 1890. — On frontier duty at Fort Wingate, N. M., Oct., 1890 to Nov., 1892; in the Sioux campaign at Pine Ridge Agency, S. D., to Jan. 10, 1891; absent sick to June, 1891. — Mentioned in G. O. No. 39, A. G. O., April, 1891, "as having distinguished himself by specially meritorious acts in service during 1886, while commanding Indian scouts; for bravery in boldly and alone riding into Geronimo's camp of hostile Apache Indians and demanding their surrender, Aug. 24, 1886." — Again mentioned in G. O. No. 44, A. G. O., April, 1891, "as having distinguished himself by specially meritorious acts during 1883, — for courage, ability, and devotion to duty, in a laborious march, followed by the surprise of a camp of hostile Apache Indians . . . in the Sierra Madre Mountains, Sonora, Mexico." — Garrison duty at Fort McKinney, Wyo., to May 18, 1892, when he was seriously injured by a premature explosion of dynamite during a fire in barracks at Fort McKinney, Wyo., May 18, 1892. — Remained at post sick to Aug., 1892; on duty there to Nov. 19, 1892. — Awaiting orders at Denver, Colo., in Maryland and in Virginia, until he

Died May 20, 1896, at Fort Monroe, Va.: Aged 43.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1896, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.​a2

Thayer's Note:

a1 a2 Lt. Gatewood's birthplace is from his AOG obituary. His middle name is from Odie B. Faulk, The Geronimo Campaign (Oxford University Press, 1969), as excerpted on the Arlington Cemetery page along with a detailed account of how he got Geronimo to surrender to the United States, which is well worth reading.

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