[image ALT: Much of my site will be useless to you if you've got the images turned off!]
Bill Thayer

[image ALT: Cliccare qui per una pagina di aiuto in Italiano.]

[Link to a series of help pages]
[Link to the next level up]
[Link to my homepage]

This site is not affiliated with the US Military Academy.

[decorative delimiter]

 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1882

Vol. III

(Born O.)

Harry C. Benson​1

(Ap'd O.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1878, to June 13, 1882, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, June 13, 1882.

Served: in garrison at Alcatraz Island, Cal., Sep. 29, 1882, to Mar. 1,

(Transferred to 4th Cavalry, Jan. 31, 1884)

1884; on frontier duty in the field, and at Ft. Stanton, N. M., to July 8, 1884, — and Ft. Huachuca, Ara., and Scouting (leave of absence, Oct. 9, 1886, to Jan. 29, 1887), to June 25, 1887; on leave of absence, to Aug. 25, 1887; and at the Military Academy as Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Aug. 28, 1887, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: On duty at Military Academy, as Instructor of Mathematics, from Aug. 28, 1887 to Aug. 28, 1891. — Appointed Regimental Quartermaster, 4th Cavalry, May 2, 1892; appointment declined. — Relieved as Regimental Quartermaster, Jan. 24, 1893, having never joined for duty; at Walla Walla, Wash., during Sept., 1891; at Sequoia National Park, Oct. and Nov., 1891; at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., to Feb., 1892; at Round Valley Indian Agency, Cal., March and April, 1892; at Sequoia National Park, May to Nov., 1892; at Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., Dec., 1892 and Jan., 1893; at Chicago, on duty under Department of State, at World's Fair, Feb. to July, 1893; at Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., Aug., 1893 to April, 1895; at Yosemite National Park, May to Nov., 1895; at Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., Dec., 1895 to April, 1896; at Yosemite National Park, May to Nov., 1896; at Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., Dec., 1896 to April, 1897; at Yosemite National Park, May to Nov., 1897;

(Captain of Cavalry, 4th Cavalry, Nov. 21, 1897)

at Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., Dec., 1897 to June, 1898.

(Major and Inspector-General, U. S. Volunteers, May 12, 1898)

— Chickamauga Park, Ga., from June to Sept., 1898. — Camp Shipp, Anniston, Ala., Sep. to Dec., 1898. — Collector of Customs at Tunas de Zaza, Cuba, Dec. 19, 1898 to ––––

(Honorably Discharged from Volunteer Service, May 12, 1899)

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

Military History. — At Chickamauga post; Inspector-General, 1st Division, 3d Corps, July, 1898 to Oct., 1898; at Anniston, Ala., Inspector-General, 2d Division, 2d Corps, Oct., 1898 to Jan., 1899.

(Major and Inspector-General, U. S. Volunteers, to May 12, 1899)

— Collector of Customs, Tunas de Zaza, Cuba, Jan. 1, 1899 to May 5, 1899; member of commission appointed by Congress to report upon roads and conditions in Yosemite National Park, June 1, 1899 to Oct. 31, 1899; in Philippine Islands, Nov. 8, 1899 to Aug. 4, 1901; at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Sept., 1901 to Oct., 1904; at Presidio of Monterey, Oct., 1904 to April, 1905; at Yosemite National Park, April, 1905 to Dec., 1905.

(Major, 13th Cavalry, Oct. 20, 1905)

— At Headquarters, Department of California, Dec., 1905 to Jan., 1906.

(Transferred to 14th Cavalry, Jan. 12, 1906)

— At Presidio, San Francisco, Feb., 1906 to June, 1906; Provost Marshal at San Francisco during occupancy of city by troops during fire; at Yosemite National Park, June to Dec., 1906; at Presidio, San Francisco, Dec., 1906 to May, 1907; at Yosemite National Park, May, 1907 to Dec., 1907; at Presidio, San Francisco, Dec., 1907 to May, 1908; at Yosemite National Park, May, 1908 to –––––.

(Transferred to 5th Cavalry, Oct. 27, 1908)

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

(Harry Coupland Benson, Born Dec. 8, 1857)

Military History. —

Major, 13th Cavalry, Oct. 20, 1905

Transferred to 14th Cavalry, Jan. 12, 1906

 p333  At Yosemite National Park, May to

(Transferred to 5th Cavalry, Oct. 27, 1908)

November, 1908; Superintendent Yellowstone National Park, December, 1908, to October, 1910; at Schofield Bks., Hawaii, October, 1910, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 5th Cavalry, Aug. 11, 1911)

August, 1912; member of General Staff, July, 1912; at Manila, P. I., Chief of Staff, Philippines Department, October, 1912, to

(Colonel of Cavalry, Sept. 27, 1914)

October, 1914; en route to U. S., December, 1914, to January, 1915;

(Attached to 9th Cavalry, Jan. 18, 1915)

sick in Letterman General Hospital, Jan. 25 to July 8, 1915; on sick leave to Oct. 8, 1915; on leave of absence to Dec. 8, 1915.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 8, 1915,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Recalled to active service; at San Francisco, Cal., Department Adjutant, Western Department, Aug. 22, 1917, to ––––

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

Military History: —

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 8, 1915,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Recalled to active service; at San Francisco, Calif., Department Adjutant, Western Department, Aug. 22, 1917, to Apr. 27, 1919.

Died, Sept. 21, 1924, at San Francisco, Calif.: Aged 66.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1925; also, obituary in The Auk, (ornithological magazine), for October, 1925.

Buried, Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, CA.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Professor Edward C. Benson, of Kenyon College, Ohio.

[image ALT: Valid HTML 4.01.]

Page updated: 1 Mar 14