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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1878

Vol. III

(Born Wis.)

William P. Evans

(Ap'd Wis.)


Born Dodgeville, WI.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1874, to June 13, 1878, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 19th Infantry, June 14, 1878.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Dodge, Kan., Sep. 30, 1878, to Oct. 27, 1879, — Ft. Garland, Col., to Sep., 1880, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to Oct. 31, 1881, — and Ft. Brown, Tex., to Sep. 30, 1882; on duty at the Military Prison, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to July 1, 1885; on leave of absence, to Aug. 28, 1885; at the Military Academy as Assistant Professor of History, Geography, Ethics, and Law, Aug. 28, 1885, to July 1, 1887;

(First Lieut., 19th Infantry, Oct. 13, 1886)

as Regimental Quartermaster, July 1, 1887, to –––––, at Ft. Clark, Tex., to Nov. 17, 1887, and San Antonio, Tex. (engaged in the construction of the public buildings, Jan. 30, 1889, to –––––), to –––––.

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

Military History. —

(Captain of Infantry, 19th Infantry, June 7, 1894)

Served: Constructing Quartermaster at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., to May, 1891. — At Fort Wayne, Mich., to July 1, 1891; with company at Fort Wayne, Mich., to Aug., 1892. — At Frankfort, Ky., in connection with Kentucky State troops, to March, 1893. — With company at Fort Wayne, Mich., to Jan., 1895; same, at Fort Brady, Mich., to Sept., 1896; on duty of inspection and instruction at Camp Douglas National Guard during summer of 1895. — Commanding company at Fort Wayne, Mich., from Sept., 1896 to April 21, 1898; with regiment at Mobile, Ala., to June 27 (Provost-Marshal, 4th Army Corps); with regiment, Tampa, Fla., to July 21, 1899 (commanding 3d Battalion, 19th Infantry, and troop-ship Florida). — En route to Puerto Rico to Aug. 1. — Provost-Marshal, District of Ponce, and commanding 3d Battalion, 19th Infantry, in charge of Spanish prisoners of war. — Sick in hospital, Sept. 27 to Oct. 12; absent, sick, to Nov. 30. — Rejoined at Ponce, commanding  p297 company. — At Adjuntos to Dec. 23, 1898. — Collector of Customs, Cardenas, Cuba, to July 3, 1899. — Rejoined regiment at San Francisco, en route to Philippines, July 24. — Commanding 3d Battalion, 19th Infantry, Manila, to Sept. 12; at Cebu, P. I., to Oct. 30. — Participated in campaigns against insurgents in Bocaue, Sept. to Oct., 1899. — Collector of Customs at Cebu, Nov. 15 to ––––

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

Military History. — Collector of Customs at Cebu, Nov. 15, 1899 to May, 1900; participated in action against insurgent position on Mt. Sudlon, Cebu, Jan. 8, 1900; commanding battalion, 19th Infantry, in operations against insurgents in Southern Cebu, to May, 1901.

(Major, 29th Infantry, Feb. 2, 1901)

— Engaged in holding elections and organizing municipal governments in Cebu, April and May, 1901; on duty in Provost Marshal General's Office, Manila, P. I., to Aug., 1901; returned to U. S. and joined regiment at Fort Sheridan, Ill.; on leave, Sept. and Oct., 1901; rejoined regiment at Fort Sheridan and accompanied it from that station, Feb. 6, 1902, to San Francisco en route to Philippine Islands; in camp, San Francisco, to April 1, 1902; accompanied regiment to the Philippine Islands; on duty with regiment at Cebu, P. I., to –––––, 1902; in the Island of Bohol, to –––––, 1902; Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Division South Philippines, Cebu, P. I., to –––––, 1902; on duty with regiment in Iloilo, Panay, to –––––, 1902, and at Camp Jossman, to Dec. –––, 1902; sick in hospital Iloilo, to –––––, 1902, and sick in hospital in Manila, P. I., to –––––, 1903; transferred to 20th Infantry, Jan. 3, 1903 and to General Hospital, San Francisco, –––––, 1903; joined regiment at Columbus Barracks, Ohio–––––, 1903; on duty at that station to Aug. 6, 1903; detailed Assistant Adjutant-General, Aug. 26, 1903; on duty in War Department, Washington, D. C., to Feb. 9, 1905,

(Major of Infantry, Unassigned, to Feb. 17, 1906)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 11th Infantry, Feb. 17, 1906)

and in command of depot and post of Fort Slocum, to Oct. 22, 1907; en route to join regiment at Santiago, Cuba, to Dec. 7, 1907; on duty with regiment at Morro Barracks, Santiago, Cuba, to Dec. 13, 1907; transferred to General Staff, Nov. –––, 1907 and assigned to Department of the Missouri, Omaha, Neb.; on duty at Omaha, Neb., as Chief of Staff, Department of the Missouri, Dec. 14, 1907 to –––––.

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

(William Pierce Evans, Born June 23, 1853.)

Military History. —

Lieut.‑Colonel, 11th Infantry, Feb. 17, 1906.

Transferred to General Staff, Nov. 28, 1907; at Omaha, Neb., Chief of Staff, Department of the Missouri, Dec. 14, 1907, to Aug. 5, 1909; at Manila, Chief of Staff, Philippines Division, to March 31, 1910;

(Colonel, 25th Infantry, March 31, 1910)

Fort Lawton, Wash., with regiment, July 1, 1910, to March, 1911; at Hot Springs, Ark., to April 30, 1911; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., member of Infantry Board, to February, 1912; on leave awaiting retirement, to May 27, 1912.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, May 27, 1912,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Editor of Infantry Journal to July 1, 1915; Quartermaster at Soldiers' Home, Washington, D. C., July, 1915, to Sept. 28, 1916.

Died, Sept. 28, 1916, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 63.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1917.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a Col. Evans' AOG obituary strongly suggests this was his birthplace: "On June 23, 1853, sixty-four years ago almost to a day, as I write these few inadequate words in loving memory of my old friend and classmate, in the then pioneer State of Wisconsin, Evans was born of the sturdy settler stock that formed the foundation of the country; and there his mother still lives in the old home at Dodgeville where her son's earnest character early began to develop. . ."

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