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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1879

Vol. III

(Born Ten.)

James A. Leyden

(Ap'd Pa.)


James Alexander Leyden​a

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., 4th Infantry, June 13, 1879.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Fred Steele, Wy., Sep. 29 to Oct. 2, 1879, — Scouting in Colorado, to May 4, 1880, — Camp on White River, Col., to July 7, 1880, — Ft. Sanders, Wy. (leave of absence, Oct. 27, 1880, to Feb. 25, 1881, and Sep. 4 to Oct. 5, 1881), to May 18, 1882, — Ft. D. A. Russell, Wyo., to Sep. 29, 1882, — and Ft. Omaha, Neb., to June 26, 1883; as Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the Pennsylvania State College, Centre Co., Pa. (leave of absence in Europe, June to Nov., 1885), to May 11, 1886; on frontier duty at Ft. Omaha, Neb., to July 2, 1886, — and Ft. Sherman, Ida. (on Survey and Exploration, May 14 to Sep. 17, 1887), to Jan. 5, 1888; on leave of absence, to Apr. 24, 1888; constructing Rifle Range for National Guard of Pennsylvania at Harrisburg, Pa., to Aug. 14, 1888; conducting recruits to the Department of the Columbia, to Sep. 15, 1888; on frontier duty at Ft. Sherman, Ida., to Nov. 25, 1889; and on leave of absence, to –––––.

First Lieut., 4th Infantry, Dec. 16, 1889.

July 1, 1884; on frontier duty at Ft. McDowell, Ara., and Scouting, to Jan. 26, 1886; and on leave, to Mar. 1, 1886.

Resigned, Mar. 1, 1886.

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

Military History. — Served: On leave to Jan., 1890; with regiment at Fort Sherman, Ida., to Oct., 1896 (Regimental Adjutant, July 16, 1890 to July 24, 1894); in the field in Idaho suppressing labor strikes, July and Aug., 1892;

(Captain of Infantry, 4th Infantry, April 22, 1896)

at Fort Sheridan, Ill., to April 10, 1897.

Died April 10, 1897, at Fort Sheridan, Ill.: Aged 41.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1897, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Union Cemetery, Bellefonte, PA.

Thayer's Note:

a Capt. Leyden's middle name is from Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, I.631. He seems to have been born in 1856, although I haven't yet found reliable confirmation; at any rate, not in 1826 of course — he would have had to have been 49 years old on entering the Academy — as may be seen elsewhere online, where he is mentioned as the author of A Historical Sketch of the Fourth U. S. Infantry from 1796 to 1861.

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