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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1880

Vol. III

(Born Mis.)

James W. Watson

(Ap'd Mis.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1876, to June 12, 1880, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 10th Cavalry, June 12, 1880.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Concho, Tex., and in the field, Oct. 2, 1880 (leave of absence, June 2 to Sep. 2, 1883), to Mar. 10, 1885, — in the field and at Fort Thomas, Ara., to Dec. 6, 1885, — and San Carlos, Ara.,  p342 and in the field, to Aug., 1888, — commanding Indian scouts, being

(First Lieut., 10th Cavalry, Dec. 23, 1888)

engaged with renegade Apaches at Horseshoe Bend on Salt River, Ara., Mar. 7, 1890.

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

Military History. —

(Brevet Captain, Feb. 27, 1890, for gallant services in action against Indians near Salt River, Ariz., March 7, 1890)

Served: In command of Indian scouts at San Carlos, Ariz., to Jan. 27, 1891; garrison duty at Fort Bayard, N. M., to March 2, 1892; on leave to July 1, 1892; on recruiting service at Port Gibson, Mis., to Nov., 1892, and at Memphis, Ten., to March 20, 1893; on leave to June 7, 1893;  p338 garrison duty at Fort Assinniboine, Mont., to Jan. 30, 1894. — Acting Indian Agent at the Crow Agency, Mont., Feb. 6, 1894 to Dec. 31, 1897. — Settling accounts and under orders,

(Captain of Cavalry, 10th Cavalry, Jan. 11, 1898)

to April, 1898. — With regiment at Camp Thomas, Ga., and at Lakeland, Fla., to June 14, 1898; in the campaign against Santiago, and in Cuba, to Aug., 1898, being engaged in the battles of Las Guasimas, June 24, San Juan, July 1‑3, and in the siege of Santiago to July 17, 1898. — With regiment at Camp Wikoff, N. Y., to Oct., 1898; at Huntsville, Ala., to Dec., 1898; at Fort Ringgold, Tex., to May, 1899; at Gibara, Cuba, to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Ringgold, Texas, to May, 1899; at Gibara, Cuba, to Jan., 1900; at Mayari, Cuba, to Aug., 1900; at Holguin, Cuba, to May, 1902, except three months' sick leave in 1901; at Fort Robinson, Neb., to Oct., 1903, except sick leave in 1902; on recruiting service, New Orleans, La., to Nov., 1905; at Fort Robinson, Neb., to Dec. 7, 1905; on sick leave, to Feb. 23, 1906.

Major, U. S. A., Retired Feb. 21, 1906,
disability in line of duty.

Civil History. — Planter. — Post office address, Port Gibson, Miss.

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

(James Waterman Watson, Born Oct. 3, 1854.)

Military History. —

Captain, 10th Cavalry, Jan. 11, 1898

Major, U. S. A., Retired, May 26, 1906,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Civil History. — Planter at Port Gibson, Miss., to January, 1914, since which time, on account of his health, he resided at Holguin, Cuba.

Died, May 12, 1920, at Holguin, Cuba: Aged 65.

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 Spanish forces at Las Guasimas, Cuba, June 24, 1898," and again "for gallantry in action against Spanish forces at Santiago, Cuba, July 1, 1898."

Buried, Wintergreen Cemetery, Port Gibson, MS.

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