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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1882

Vol. III

(Born Ct.)

George W. McIver

(Ap'd Ct.)


George Willcox McIver: Born at Carthage, NC.​a1

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1877, to June 13, 1882, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, June 13, 1882.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Pembina, Dak., Sep. 30 to Nov. 16, 1882, — Ft. Bridger, Wy., to Apr. 5, 1883, — Ft. Fred Steele, Wy., to Sep. 5, 1885, — Camp Pilot Butte, Wy., to July 13, 1887, — and Ft. Laramie, Wy., to –––––.​b

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

(George Wilcox​a2 McIver)

Military History. —

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 7th Infantry, Nov. 30, 1889)

Served: At Fort Logan until Aug., 1891. — At West Point, N. Y., Aug. 28, 1891 (Department of Tactics) until June 15, 1893. — At Rock Springs, Wyo., from Sept. 15, 1893 to March 7, 1894. — On duty with National Guard of California from March 7 to Dec. 1, 1894. — At Fort  p360 Logan, Colo., Dec. 3, 1894 to April 20, 1898, when the regiment left post for Chickamauga, Ga.

(Captain of Infantry, 7th Infantry, April 26, 1898)

— With regiment at Tampa, and in Cuba, commanding Company B, 7th Infantry, at El Caney and throughout campaign in Cuba. — At Montauk Point, Sept. 10, 1898. — At Fort Brady, Mich., from Nov. 24, 1898 to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Brady, Mich., from Nov. 24, 1898 to April 3, 1900; at Leech Lake, Indian Agency, Walker, Minnesota, from April 4 to May 27, 1900; at Fort Davis, Nome, Alaska, from June 28, 1900 to Oct. 6, 1901; Recruiting duty, Portland, Oregon, Nov. 1, 1901 to Sept. 5, 1903; with regiment at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., Sept. 7 to Oct. 1, 1903; sailed for Philippine Islands latter date.

(Major, 12th Infantry, March 29, 1904)

(Transferred to 4th Infantry, April 28, 1904)

— Returned to U. S. with 4th Infantry; on duty at posts about San Francisco, July 19, 1905 to Feb. 12, 1906; on duty with refugees after San Francisco disaster; commanding the Golden Gate Park District, from April 19 to June 1, 1906.​c

(Transferred to 20th Infantry, Aug. 18, 1906)

— At Presidio of Monterey, Cal., since Oct. 4, 1906; commandant School of Musketry, since Nov. 8, 1907.

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

(George Wilcox​a3 McIver, Born Dec. 22, 1858.)

Military History. —

Major, 12th Infantry, March 29, 1904

Transferred to 4th Infantry, April 28, 1904

Transferred to 20th Infantry, Aug. 18, 1906

At Presidio of Monterey, Cal., Oct. 4, 1906, to

(Transferred to 9th Infantry, Oct. 13, 1910)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 13th Infantry, March 11, 1911)

 p339  Jan. 3, 1912 (Commandant of School of Musketry, Nov. 8, 1907, to June 30, 1911; President of Board for revision of Small Arms Firing Regulations, July 1 to Dec. 31, 1911; this work known as Small Arms Firing Manual, 1914); en route to Philippines, Jan. 5 to Feb. 4, 1912; in Philippines to

(Adjutant-General, by Detail, Dec. 2, 1913)

(Colonel of Infantry, March 13, 1914)

(Assigned to 13th Infantry, June 24, 1914)

Dec. 15, 1914; (relieved from detail as Adjutant-General, March 13, 1914); at Washington, D. C., assistant to Chief of Militia Bureau, Feb. 4, 1915, to

(Brigadier-General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917)

Aug. 24, 1917; assigned to command of 161st Infantry Brigade, 81st Division, at Camp Jackson, Columbia, S. C., and commanded Brigade continuously, from Sept. 1, 1917, to about June 20, 1919, when command was finally demobilized; also commanded 81st Division at Camp Jackson, from Jan. 1 to March 20, 1918; with 81st Division in A. E. F., Aug. 12, 1918, to June 7, 1919; took part with Brigade in all the training and operations of 81st Division in France; in operations against the enemy, served first in St. Dié Sector in the Vosges, later moved into the Sommedieue Sector near Verdun; on Nov. 9, 10, and 11 the Division joined in the Argonne-Meuse Offensive; returning to U. S., landed at Charleston, S. C., June 18, 1919; at Camp Pike, Ark., in charge of Demobilization Group, July 4 to Aug. 27, 1919;

(Returned to Grade of Colonel, Aug. 31, 1919)

at Fort Slocum, N. Y., commanding Recruit Depot, Sept. 1, 1919, to ––––

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

Military History. —

Colonel of Infantry, Mar. 13, 1914.

Brigadier-General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917.

Returned to Grade of Colonel, Aug. 31, 1919.

At Fort Slocum, N. Y., commanding Recruit Depot, Sept. 1, 1919, to Sept. 15, 1922; on leave of absence to Dec. 22, 1922.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 22, 1922,
By Operation of Law.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, June 21, 1930,
Act of June 21, 1930.

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: —

Col., Ret., Dec. 22, 1922.

Brig.‑Gen., Ret., June 21, 1930.

Awarded Croix de Guerre and The Purple Heart Decoration.

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Col Ret 22 Dec 22;

Brig Gen Ret 21 Jun 30.

Died, May 9, 1947, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 88.

Portrait and obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a1 a2 a3 Gen. McIver's birthplace is from the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates. His middle name is spelled Wilcox in Vols. IV‑VI of the Supplements. The correct spelling is Willcox, as given in Vols. VII‑IX, in the memorial article, and on his tombstone (q.v.).

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b Fort Laramie at the time: an interesting photograph probably taken by him.

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c Golden Gate Park was the main tent city set up after the San Francisco earthquake. For details, see The Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror, Chapter XIII, "The Refuge Camps": badly written and sensationalistic — and the anonymous author gets Maj. McIver's name wrong (incidentally affording us an idea of how it might have been pronounced, however) — yet informative.

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