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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1881

Vol. III

(Born N. Y.)

John F. Morrison

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born Charlotteville, NY.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 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. Brown, Tex., Sep. 29 to Nov. 5, 1881, — Ft. Wallace, Kan., to Nov., 1882, — and Ft. Supply, I. T., to June 17, 1883; on duty at the Military Prison, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., June 30 to Aug. 16, 1883; on leave of absence, to Sep. 18, 1883; under Instruction at the Infantry and Cavalry School of Application, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to July 3, 1885; on delay, to Aug. 28, 1885; on frontier duty at Ft. Assinniboine, Mt., to July 25, 1887; and as Professor of Military Science and Tactics, Kansas State Agricultural College, Manhattan, Kan., to –––––.

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

Military History. —

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 1st Infantry, Nov. 27, 1890)

(Transferred to 20th Infantry, July 20, 1891)

(Quartermaster, 20th Infantry, Sept. 1, 1893 to March, 1897.) — Instructor in Infantry and Cavalry School, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., March, 1897 to April, 1898; relieved from school in April, 1898, to proceed with regiment to Mobile preparatory to going to Cuba.

(Captain of Infantry, 20th Infantry, April 26, 1898)

(Captain and Asst. Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers, May 12, 1898 — Declined)

— Present with regiment during the campaign of Santiago. — At Fort Leavenworth to Jan. 20, 1899. — En route to Manila with regiment to Feb., 1899; in the field, Philippine Islands, from Feb. 23, 1899 to –––––; (Regimental Quartermaster, Nov. 16, 1899.)

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

Military History. — In the field, Philippine Islands, from Feb. 23, 1899 to March 1, 1902; Regimental Quartermaster, Nov. 16, 1899 to June 30, 1901; Military Attache with Japanese Army, March 1 to Nov. 20, 1904.

(Major, 13th Infantry, Oct. 6, 1905)

(Transferred to 20th Infantry, Oct. 4, 1906)

— Army War College, 1906; Instructor Army Staff College and Army School of the Line and the Army Staff College, as Assistant Commandant and Instructor of Military Art, since Sept. 1, 1906; on General Staff, Aug. 15, 1907, to –––––.

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

(John Frank Morrison, Born Dec. 25, 1857.)

Military History. —

Major, 13th Infantry, Oct. 6, 1905.

Transferred to 20th Infantry, Oct. 4, 1906.

At Fort Leavenworth, Kans., Senior Instructor, Military Art, Assistant commandant and Acting Commandant, Service Schools, Sept. 1, 1906, to 1912; General Staff, Aug. 5, 1907, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Infantry, June 7, 1911)

July 2, 1911; at Vancouver Bks., Wash., 1912 to 1914;

(Colonel of Infantry, Sept. 15, 1914)

assigned to 6th Infantry and served with regiment on Mexican border to September, 1915;

(Transferred to 15th Infantry, Sept. 1, 1915)

at Tientsin, China, in command of American troops, October, 1915, to

(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Nov. 20, 1915)

April, 1916; in Philippine Islands to

(Major-General, U. S. A., May 15, 1917)

June 15, 1917; in command of Camp at Fort Oglethorpe and at Camp Sevier, July to Sep. 24, 1917; in France as observer to December, 1917; at Washington, D. C., Director of Training, to March 1, 1918; at Camp Fremont, commanding 8th Division, U. S. Army, to June 17, 1918; at San Francisco, Cal., commanding Western Department, June 18, 1918, to Aug. 14, 1919; at Camp Lewis, Wash., to ––––


Distinguished Service Medal

"for exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous service as department commander, Western Department, in handling with great skill, tact, and sound judgment many difficult problems arising in his department."

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal.

Major-General, May 15, 1917.

At Camp Lewis, Wash., Aug., 1919, to Apr. 25, 1920; at Charleston, S. C., and at Fort McPherson, Ga., commanding Southeastern Department and 4th Corps Area, May 1, 1920, to Dec. 20, 1921.

Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 20, 1921,
By Operation of Law.

Awarded Silver Star and cited "for gallantry in action against Spanish forces at El Caney, Cuba, July 1, 1898."

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj.‑Gen., Ret., Dec. 20, 1921.

Died, Oct. 22, 1932, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 74.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1935.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Morrison's birthplace is from his AOG obituary; which gives his middle name as Francis.

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