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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1877

Vol. III

(Born Io.)

Monroe P. Thorington

(Ap'd Io.)


Monroe Parker Thorington: Born Dec. 17, 1854, Davenport, IA.​a

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 Infantry, June 15, 1877.

Served: at the Military Academy, as Assistant Instructor of Artillery Tactics, July 5 to Aug. 29, 1877 (leave of absence, to Mar. 1, 1878); with recruits at Ft. Snelling, Min., Mar. 10 to May 21, 1878; and on frontier duty at Ft. Keogh, Mon., June 5 to Sep. 10, 1878.

Died Sep. 10, 1878, at Ft. Keogh, Mon.: Aged 23.

Obituary notice in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1879.º

Buried, Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport, IA.

Thayer's Note:

a Lt. Thorington's middle name is from Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army; his birth data are from his AOG obituary.

His page at Find-a‑Grave (q.v.) gives his birthdate as Dec. 11, 1853: I've been unable to substantiate that from a primary source, and it should be noted that not only does the Register give his age at death as 23 (making him born between September 1854 and September 1855) the Official Register of the Officers and Cadets of the U. S. Military Academy for June, 1874, recapitulating his Fourth Class year — gives his age on July 1, 1873 as 18 years 6 months, which would put his birthday in December, 1854.

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