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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1879

Vol. III

(Born Ind.)

Francis H. French

(Ap'd Ind.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1875, to June 13, 1879, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 19th Infantry, June 13, 1879.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Lyon, Col., Sep. 30 to Oct. 28, 1879, — Ft. Garland, Col., to May 17, 1880, — Scouting in Colorado, to Nov. 8, 1880, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to Oct. 31, 1881, — Ft. Brown, Tex., to Dec. 12, 1882, — Ft. Clark, Tex., and commanding Indian Scouts at Camp Myer's Spring, Tex., to Apr. 16, 1884, — Ft. Brown, Tex., to Oct. 15, 1885, — Ft. Clark, Tex., to Mar. 12, 1887, — Ft. Ringgold, Tex., to Apr. 25, 1888, — Ft. Clark, Tex., to May 7, 1888, — Ft. Concho, Tex., to

(First Lieut., 19th Infantry, Mar. 24, 1888)

June 20, 1889, — and San Antonio, Tex., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At San Antonio, Tex., to April, 1890; at Fort Porter, N. Y., to Oct. 25, 1890; on recruiting service to March,  p309 1891; (Regimental Adjutant, March 31, 1891 to Nov. 26, 1894); garrison duty at Fort Wayne, Mich.,

(Captain of Infantry, 19th Infantry, Nov. 26, 1894)

to June 25, 1896; on leave in Europe to March 22, 1897; garrison duty at Fort Brady, Mich., to April 19, 1898; with regiment at Mobile, Ala., and at Tampa, Fla., to July 23, 1898; at Ponce, Puerto Rico, to May, 1899; at Camp Meade, Pa., to July, 1899; en route to and in Philippines to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: En route to and in Philippines to July, 1902; during this time participated in several engagements with Insurgents.

(Major, 16thº Infantry, Feb. 28, 1901)

— Inspector-General, 1st Separate Brigade, Division of the Philippines, Dec., 1901 to June, 1902; garrison duty at Fort McPherson, Ga., July, 1902 to March, 1905; inspected Militia of Georgia, Feb. to May, 1903, and Feb. to May, 1904; Inspector-General by detail, March, 1905; Assistant to the Inspector-General, Northern Division, St. Louis, Mo., April, 1905

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 12th Infantry, June 25, 1906)

to August, 1906; commanded Fort Niagara, N. Y., Aug., 1906 to Feb., 1907; Acting Inspector-General, Jan. 10, 1907; Inspector-General, Southwestern Division, St. Louis, Mo., Feb. to July, 1907; Inspector-General by detail, May 6, 1907; Inspector-General, Department of Dakota, July, 1907 to March, 1908; Inspector-General, Philippines Division, April, 1908 to –––––.

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

(Francis Henry French, Born Sept. 27, 1857.)

Military History. —

Lieut.‑Colonel, 12th Infantry, June 25, 1906.

Inspector-General, by Detail, May 6, 1907.

In Philippines, Inspector-General, Philippines Division, April, 1908, to Sept. 1, 1909; Assistant to Inspector-General, Philippine Division to March 23, 1910; en route to U. S. and at San Antonio, Texas, Inspector-General, Department of Texas, to Jan. 12, 1911;

(Assigned to 11th Infantry, Jan. 13, 1911)

at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., taking special course for Field Officers at Army Service Schools, Jan. 16 to

(Colonel, 28th Infantry, Feb. 15, 1911)

March 21, 1911; member of Examining Board for Officers, March 11 to Aug. 15, 1911; at Washington, D. C., at Army War College, to July 27, 1912; participated in historical and staff ride to Virginia battlefields, including Antietam and Gettysburg, May 1 to June 12, 1912; en route to Honolulu and

(Assigned to 2d Infantry, Nov. 23, 1912)

at Schofield Bks., Hawaii, commanding 2nd Infantry, to Jan. 11, 1913; at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, commanding regiment and post, to Sept. 4, 1915; en route to U. S. and on leave of absence to

(Assigned to 21st Infantry, Oct. 1, 1915)

Dec. 16, 1915; at Vancouver Bks., Wash., commanding regiment and post, to May 14, 1916; at Yuma, Arizona, commanding District to

(Detailed to General Staff, July 17, 1916)

July 22, 1916; at Chicago, Ill., Chief of Staff, Central Department, Aug. 25 to Sept. 30, 1916 (President of Board of Officers to recommend type and quantity of machine guns, Sept. 28, 1916);

(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Sept. 30, 1916)

on this Board at Washington, D. C., and on leave of absence to Dec. 31, 1916; at Eagle Pass, Texas, commanding District, to April 18, 1917; at Springfield, Mass., on Board duty, to June 15, 1917; sick in Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D. C., and on sick leave to

(Major-General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917)

Nov. 20, 1917; on tour of observation on French, British and American fronts in France, to March 1, 1918; at Camp Wheeler, Ga., commanding 31st Division, to

(Returned to Grade of Brigadier-General, March 27, 1918)

May 19, 1918; at Camp Jackson, S. C., commanding 156th Depot Brigade and Camp, to Aug. 31, 1918; at Camp Sevier, S. C., commanding 156th Depot Brigade and Camp, to Dec. 7, 1918; en route to Philippines to Feb. 16, 1919; at Manila, P. I., commanding Philippine Department, to Nov. 21, 1919; en route to U. S. to Jan. 8, 1920.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, Jan. 19, 1920,
At His Own Request, After Over 44 Years' Service.

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

Military History: —

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, Jan. 19, 1920,
At His Own Request, After Over 44 Years' Service.

Died, Mar. 10, 1921, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 63.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1921.

Major-General, U. S. A., (Posthumously) Mar. 10, 1921,
Act of June 21, 1930.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

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