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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1877

Vol. III

(Born N. J.)

John Jamesº Brereton

(Ap'd N. J.)


Born Jan. 11, 1857, Paterson, NJ.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., 24th Infantry, June 15, 1877.

Served: on leave of absence and awaiting orders, June 15 to Dec. 7, 1877; on frontier duty at Ft. Duncan, Tex., Dec. 7, 1877, to Apr. 30, 1880, — Ft. McIntosh, Tex., to Oct. 29, 1880, — Ft. Sill, I. T., to Dec. 21, 1880, — and Cantonment, North Fork of Canadian River, I. T., to Aug. 29, 1881; on leave of absence, to Sep. 28, 1881, and on sick leave, to Mar. 9, 1882; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., to June 1, 1882; and on

(First Lieut., 24th Infantry, May 20, 1882)

frontier duty at Ft. Elliott, Tex., to Feb. 11, 1884, — Ft. Supply, I. T., to Oct. 5, 1887, — Regimental Adjutant, Aug. 1, 1886, to –––––, — Ft. Sill, I. T., to Apr. 19, 1888, — Ft. Supply, I. T., to May 31, 1888, — and Ft. Bayard, N. M., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: (Regimental Adjutant to July 31, 1890) At Rutgers College, N. J., Professor of Military Science and Tactics, Oct. 1, 1891 to Sept. 30, 1895.

(Captain of Infantry, 24th Infantry, April 20, 1895)

— On garrison duty at Fort Bayard, N. M., Nov., 1895 to July, 1896; on leave to Oct., 1896; on duty at Fort Douglas, Utah, to April, 1898; at Tampa, Fla., to June, 1898; in the field in the campaign against Santiago de Cuba to July 1, 1898, when wounded at the battle of San Juan Hill, Cuba, July 1, 1898 (recommended for Brevet Major, U. S. A.).

(Major and Chief Quartermaster, U. S. Volunteers, Nov. 15, 1898)​b

— At Cienfuegos, Cuba (Collector of Customs), from Jan. 1 to May 11, 1899. — En route to and in the Philippine Islands to Dec., 1899.

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, May 20, 1899)

Died by his own hand, while temporarily insane, at Santo Tomás, Union Province, Island of Luzon, P. I., December 2, 1899: Aged 44.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1900, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Paterson, NJ.

Thayer's Notes:

a Maj. Brereton's birthplace is from his AOG obituary which, however, gives no birthdate. His birthdate is from his tombstone, q.v.

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b The last rank given John Brereton in the Register is that of Major. His AOG obituary, however, calls him "Colonel" and states that "on the breaking out of hostilities in Luzon, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the Thirty-third Infantry". On his tombstone, q.v., he is styled Lieutenant-Colonel.

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