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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1880

Vol. III

(Born Mas.)

Zerah W. Torrey

(Ap'd Mas.)


Zerah Watkins Torrey: Born June 10, 1855, Weymouth, MA.​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., 6th Infantry, June 12, 1880.

Served: on frontier duty at Camp on White River, Col., Sep. 30, 1880, to Aug., 1881, — Ft. Cameron, Utah, to Apr. 30, 1883, — Ft. Douglas, Utah, to June 12, 1883, — Ft. Thornburgh, Utahº, to Sep. 1, 1883 (leave of absence, to Oct. 21, 1883), — Ft. Douglas, Utah, to June 1, 1888, — and

(First Lieut., 6th Infantry, June 6, 1886)

Ft. Lewis, Col., to Mar. 23, 1890; and Regimental Quartermaster, Feb. 1, 1890, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: (Regimental Quartermaster to Feb. 1, 1894) Garrison duty at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., March 27 to Aug. 19, 1890; at Fort Thomas, Ky.,

(Captain of Infantry, 6th Infantry, Nov. 19, 1896)

to Apr. 19, 1898; at Tampa, Fla., to June 14, 1898. — In the campaign against Santiago de Cuba to July 1, 1898, when wounded in the assault on San Juan Hill; absent, sick, to Aug. 30, 1898. — With regiment at Camp Wikoff, N. Y., to Sept., 1898; at Fort Thomas, Ky., to Nov., 1898; at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., to May, 1899. — En route to and in Philippines to Nov. 13, 1899. — En route to U. S. to Jan., 1900. — On recruiting service at Springfield, Mas., Jan. 13, 1900 to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: On recruiting service at Springfield, Mas., Jan. 13, 1900 to Oct., 1901; at Fort Slocum, N. Y., to March, 1902.

(Major, 24th Infantry, Nov. 8, 1901)

— In Philippine Islands to July, 1902; at Fort Missoula, Mont., to Oct., 1905; at Army War College, to June, 1906.

(Major, Inspector-General, June 25, 1906)

— at San Francisco, Cal., to June, 1907; in Philippine Islands to Dec. 7, 1908.

Died, Dec. 7, 1908, at Iloilo, P. I.: Aged 53.​b

See Annual Association of Graduates U. S. M. A., 1909, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Torrey's birthplace is from his AOG obituary; his middle name is from the Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate, Vol. XXX, p329.

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b Both his AOG obituary and his tombstone (q.v.), give his rank at the time of his death as Lieutenant-Colonel in the 18th Infantry, a unit which does not appear in the Register entry above: the obituary notice specifies that he was promoted July 1, 1908.

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