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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1881

Vol. III

(Born Io.)

Rowland G. Hill​1

(Ap'd Io.)


Rowland Gardner Hill​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1877, to June 11, 1881, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 20th Infantry, June 11, 1881.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Ringgold, Tex., Oct. 4 to Nov. 5, 1881; in garrison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to July 7, 1883; on leave of absence, to Aug. 1, 1883; on frontier duty at Ft. Supply, I. T., to Sep., 1883, — Ft. Reno, I. T., and Scouting, to Dec. 19, 1883, — Ft. Supply, I. T., to May 6, 1885, — and Ft. Assinniboine, Mon., to Feb. 17, 1886; on leave of absence, to May 17, 1887; as Aide-de‑Camp to Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Potter,​b to Oct. 12, 1886; as Acting Judge-Advocate of the Department of the Missouri, to Nov. 7, 1887; and on frontier duty at Ft. Assinniboine, Mon., to –––––.

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

Military History. —

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 20th Infantry, July 15, 1890)

On duty as Range Officer at Forts Snelling and Douglas during the army rifle competition in the fall of 1890. — In the field with most of his regiment and part of the 1st Cavalry in the Wounded Knee campaign, Dec., 1890 to Jan., 1891. — On recruiting duty at Davids Island, N. Y. Harbor, Sept., 1891, to March, 1892. — On duty with the Intercontinental Railway Commission from March, 1892 to July, 1894, serving from March 10, 1892 to July, 1893 in the field in Central America, where he surveyed a line for the proposed railway from Guatemala City through Guatemala, Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua to Puntarenas, Costa Rica. — Returned to the United States of America, and was on duty in the office of the Commission in Washington, D. C., until July, 1894, when he was relieved at his own request. — On leave in Europe, July to Nov., 1894. — On duty with regiment, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Nov., 1894 to June, 1897. — Published essay on "The Bicycle as a Military Machine" in the Journal of the Military Service Institution for Sept., 1896. — Received first honorable mention for the prize essay of the same institution for 1896. — On duty in Washington with Bureau of Information, June to Sept., 1897. — On sick leave in England, Nov., 1897 to Feb., 1898. — On duty with regiment at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Feb. to April, 1898; on duty in the field, April to May 2, 1898, at Mobile, Ala. — Published English-Spanish Manual for use of troops in the field, April, 1898.

(Captain of Infantry, July 14, 1898,
to date from April 26, 1898)

Died, May 2, 1898, in Camp near Mobile, Ala.: Aged 41.

Buried, Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, OH.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Colonel Sylvester G. Hill, killed in the Battle of Nashville, Ten.

Thayer's Notes:

a His middle name is given only in Vol. IV. The year of his birth is stated in various places online to be 1857, but I've found no good evidence for it.

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b Lt. Hill was married to Jane Kilbourne Potter (The "Old Northwest" Genealogical Quarterly, VI.185, Oct. 1903): Gen. Potter was his father-in‑law.

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