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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1880

Vol. III

(Born Ind.)

William C. Rafferty

(Ap'd Ill.)


Born La Porte, IN.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 14, 1876, to June 12, 1880, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, June 12, 1880.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., Sep. 30, 1880, to Nov. 10, 1881, — Alcatraz Island, Cal., to Apr. 10, 1882, — Artillery School for Practice, Ft. Monroe, Va., May 1, 1882 (sick leave of absence, June 18 to July 18, 1883), to May 1, 1884, — and Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., to Sep. 18, 1884; as Professor of Military Science at the North Georgia Agricultural College, Dahlonega, Ga., Oct. 2, 1884, to July 9, 1887;

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Aug. 11, 1887)

on frontier duty at Ft. Canby, Wash., to Nov. 21, 1887; and in garrison at the Presidio of San Francisco, Cal. (leave of absence, Sep. 23 to Nov. 6, 1888), to Oct. 1, 1889, — and Alcatraz Island, Cal., to –––––.

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

(William Carroll Rafferty)

Military History. — Served: With Battery M, 1st Artillery, in charge of prison, Alcatraz Island, Cal., and as Quartermaster and Commissary, Jan.‑May, 1890. — With battery at Governor's Island, N. Y., May, 1890–Oct., 1894. — Member of Board on Regulation of Coast Artillery Fire, Nov., 1894–Feb., 1897. — Professor of Military Science, Seton Hall College, South Orange, N. J., Sept., 1897–April 8, 1898. — In Spanish-American war, at Key West, Fla., to May, 1898. At Fort St. Philip, La., to  p325 Sept., 1898. — On sick leave, June and July, 1898, from Fort St. Philip, La. — At Newnan, Ga., and Jackson Barracks, La., to Jan. 1, 1899.

(Captain of Artillery, 1st Artillery, March 2, 1899)

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

Military History. — Served: At Jackson Barracks, La.; commanding, and Newnan, Ga.; commanding, including the command of Fort St. Philip and Fort Jackson, until June 15, 1900; commanding defenses at Galveston, Texas, June 15 to Sept. 8, 1900; all military defenses and quartermaster's buildings destroyed by a great cyclone and tidal wave, on Sept. 8, 1900; at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Sept. 18, 1900 to March 31, 1901; at Fort Clark, Texas, April 1, 1901 to May, 1902; at Fort H. G. Wright, May, 1902 to Oct., 1903; commanding Fort Mansfield, R. I., Oct., 1903 to Dec., 1904; at Fort Monroe, Virginia, Dec., 1904 to Nov., 1905.

(Major, Coast Artillery, April, 1905)

— Commanding Fort Preble, Maine, Nov., 1905 to March, 1908.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, Jan. 20, 1908)

— At Fort Howard, Maryland, commanding Artillery District of Baltimore, Nov., 1908 to –––––.

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

(William Carroll Rafferty, Born April 11, 1859.)

Military History. —

Lieut.‑Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, Jan. 20, 1908.

At Fort Howard, Md., commanding Artillery District of Baltimore, Nov., 1908, to Oct. 8, 1909; at Fort H. G. Wright, N. Y., commanding Artillery District of New London, Oct. 9, 1909, to

(Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, March 3, 1911)

May 1, 1912; at Governor's Island, N. Y., Coast Defense Officer, Eastern Department, May 2, 1912, to March 12, 1913; at Fort Washington, Md., commanding Coast Defenses of the Potomac, March 13 to May 15, 1913; at Honolulu, Hawaii, commanding Coast Defenses of Oahu, June 3, 1913, to June 3, 1916; en route to U. S., and on leave of absence, June 4 to Aug. 2, 1916; at Fort Hamilton, N. Y., commanding Coast Defenses of Southern New York, Aug. 7, 1916, to

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

Aug. 23, 1917; at Camp McClellan, Ala., commanding 54th Artillery Brigade, Aug. 27, 1917, to

(Honorably Discharged as Brig.‑General, N. A., Only, June 6, 1918)

June 10, 1918; at Fort Stevens, Oregon, commanding Coast Defenses of the Columbia, June 14, 1918, to Dec. 1, 1919.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 1, 1919,
At His Own Request, After Over 43 Years' Service.

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

Military History: —

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 1, 1919,
At His Own Request, After Over 43 Years' Service.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, June 21, 1930,
Act of June 21, 1930.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Brig.‑Gen., Ret., June 21, 1930.

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Brig Gen Ret 21 Jun 30.

Died 22 May 1941, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 82.

Portrait and obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Rafferty's birthplace is from the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates.

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