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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1878

Vol. III

(Born Wis.)

Fred Wheeler​a

(Ap'd Wis.)


Born Berlin, WI.​b

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

Additional Second Lieut., 4th Cavalry, June 14, 1878.

Second Lieut., 4th Cavalry, June 28, 1878.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Reno, I. T., Oct. 8, 1878, to Dec., 1878, — and Ft. Sill, I. T., and Scouting, Dec. 16, 1878, to Dec. 3, 1881, — Ft.

(First Lieut., 4th Cavalry, Nov. 1, 1881)

Cummings, N. M., and Scouting, to Jan., 1884, being engaged against Chiricahua Indians, Apr. 23, 1882, — Ft. Bayard, N. M., to June 12, 1884, — Ft. Lowell, Ara., to Jan., 1885, — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Jan. 11 to Oct. 1, 1885, — Scouting in Arizona, to July 16, 1886, — Ft. Huachuca, Ara., to Nov. 17, 1886, — Ft. Lowell, Ara., to May 24, 1887, — and Ft. Huachuca, Ara. (leave of absence, June 23 to Sep. 21, 1887), and Scouting, to Aug. 9, 1889; and on sick leave of absence, to May 9, 1890.

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

Military History. — Served: Garrison duty at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., May 13 to June 9, 1890; at Boisé Barracks, Ida., to April, 1891;

(Captain of Cavalry, 4th Cavalry, March 9, 1891)

at Vancouver Barracks, Wash. (on leave, Aug. to Nov., 1891), to Sept. 28, 1892; sick at same post to Oct. 14, 1893; on sick leave to Feb. 13, 1894; garrison duty at Vancouver Barracks, Wash., to Aug. 30, 1897; on recruiting service at Pittsburg, Pa., Oct. 1, 1897 to April 8, 1898, and at Des Moines, Ia., to July, 1898; with troop en route to and in Philippine Islands to March 14, 1899, when wounded in the action at Guadaloupe, P. I.; sick in Philippines to Aug., 1899; on sick leave to Dec., 1899; on recruiting service at Baltimore, Md., to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: On recruiting service at Baltimore, Md., from Aug. 20 to Sept. 1, 1899.

Major, U. S. A., Retired Feb. 28, 1901, disability in the line of duty.

Civil History. — Instructor Military Tactics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, July 1, 1904 to –––––.

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

(Born Feb. 19, 1857.)

Military History. —

Captain, 4th Cavalry, March 9, 1891.

Major, U. S. A., Retired, Feb. 28, 1901,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Civil History. — At Boston, Mass., instructor of Military Tactics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, July 1, 1904, to October, 1909.

Died, Jan. 13, 1920, at Stamford, Conn.: Aged 62.

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1920.

Cited posthumously "for gallantry in action against insurgent forces at  p153 Pateros, Luzon, Philippine Islands, Mar. 14, 1899," and again "for gallantry in action against insurgent forces at Tuliahan River, Luzon, Philippine Islands, Mar. 25, 1899."

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a The Register prints Fred. (with a period) thruout, leading one to expect it to be short for Frederick; but the listing in Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army has just plain Fred; and so his tombstone, q.v., although it maybe a modern replacement for the original stone. (He is named Frederick in his AOG obituary, which, however, merely quotes the brief and impersonal notice in the Army and Navy Journal.)

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b Maj. Wheeler's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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