[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 1883

Vol. III

(Born Me.)

Charles G. Morton​a

(Ap'd Mas.)


Born Cumberland, ME.​b

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1879, to June 13, 1883, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, June 13, 1883.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Douglas, Utah, Sep. 30, 1883 (in the field, June 1 to Oct. 17, 1886), to June 1, 1888, — and Ft. Lewis, Col. to Feb. 11, 1889; and as Professor of Military Science and Tactics in East Florida Seminary, Gainesville, Fla., to Sep. 30, 1889, and at the Florida State Agricultural College, Lake City, Fla., to –––––.

First Lieut., 6th Infantry, Feb. 1, 1890.

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

Military History. — Served: As Professor of Military Science and Tactics, Florida Agricultural College, Lake City, Fla., Oct., 1889‑

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 6th Infantry, Feb. 1, 1890)

March 28, 1890. — On duty at New York and in Maine on general recruiting service to Oct. 31, 1890; Fort Porter, N. Y., various staff duties, Nov. 1, 1809 to May 22, 1892; Fort Thomas, Ky., from May 23, 1892 to Feb., 1897; D. S., Portland, Me., with National Guard, Aug. 25-Dec. 3, 1893; (Regimental Quartermaster, Feb. 1, 1894–Feb. 6, 1897); D. S., Portland, Me., with National Guard, March 1, 1897–May 14, 1898.

(Captain of Infantry, 6th Infantry, Aug. 7, 1897)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 1st Maine Volunteer Infantry, May 14, 1898)

(Honorably mustered out of Volunteer Service, Oct. 30, 1898)

— Mustering‑out duty in Maine and Georgia, Nov. 16, 1898 to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: Mustering‑out duty in Maine and Georgia, Nov. 16, 1898 to June –––, 1899; same duty, Vancouver Barracks and Presidio of San Francisco, July ––– to Dec. 6, 1899; duty in Negros and Panay Islands, P. I., against Insurgents, Jan. 13, 1900 to close of hostilities; commanding Sub‑District nearly all this period.

(Major, 6th Infantry, May 28, 1902)

— Returned to United States, June –––, 1902; at Fort Leavenworth, Aug. –––, 1902 to July 18, 1904; Brigade Umpire at maneuvers, Thoroughfare, Virginia, Aug. 29 to Sept. 15, 1904; Army War College, Oct. 19, 1904 to June –––, 1905; in Samar Island, P. I., against Pulajanes, Aug. 13 to Sept. 14, 1905; commanding Warwick Barracks, Cebu, Philippine Islands, Sept. 18, 1905 to Feb. 17, 1906.

(Major, Inspector-General, by detail, Feb. 15, 1906)

— Inspector-General, Philippines Division, Feb. –––, 1906 to June 14, 1907; same duty and leave in Japan, June –––, to Aug. –––, 1907; Inspector- p344 General, Department of the Colorado (Denver, Colo.), Sept. 21, 1907 to Nov. 13, 1909; Inspector-General, Maneuver Camp, Fort Riley, Kas., Aug. 8, Sept. 9, 1908.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 5th Infantry, Nov. 29, 1909)

— Detailed as Acting Inspector-General, Dec. 3, 1909; detailed as Inspector-General, March 12, 1909.

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

(Charles Gould Morton, Born Jan. 15, 1861.)

Military History. —

Lieut.‑Colonel, 5th Infantry, Nov. 29, 1909

Inspector-General, By Detail, March 12, 1910.

At Chicago, Ill., Inspector-General, Department of the Lakes and Central Division, Sept. 1, 1910, to July 28, 1911; in Manila, P. I., Inspector-General, Philippines Division, Sept. 2, 1911, to March 29, 1912;

(Colonel of Infantry, March 30, 1912)

at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., attached to 16th Infantry, July 22 to Sept. 15, 1912; on duty with National Guard of Massachusetts, Oct. 11, 1912, to May 14, 1913;

(Assigned to 5th Infantry, June 27, 1913)

at Plattsburg Bks., N. Y., commanding 5th Infantry and post, June 27, 1913, to Nov. 14, 1914; commanding 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Aug. 21, 1913, to Sept. 1, 1914; at Empire, Canal Zone, Panama, commanding 5th Infantry and post, Nov. 27, 1914, to July 13, 1916; (commanding U. S. Troops, Panama Canal Zone, Jan. 24 to Feb. 16, 1916)

(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., July 14, 1916)

at El Paso, Texas, on border duty, commanding 10th Division, Aug. 22, 1916, to March 21, 1917; commanding Brownsville District, March 24 to

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

June 16, 1917; at Syracuse, N. Y., commanding Mobilization Camp, July 14 to Aug. 22, 1917; at Anniston, Ala., commanding 29th Division, Aug. 25 to Sept. 25, 1917; in France as Military Observer, Sept. 26 to Nov. 29, 1917; returned to command of 29th Division, Dec. 6, 1917; sailed with Division from Newport News, Va., for France, June 15, 1918; service in trenches east of Belfort, July 25 to Sept. 18, 1918; in action north of Verdun, Oct. 7 to 30, 1918; returned to U. S., May 6, 1919; at Honolulu, commanding Hawaiian Department, from July 13, 1919;

 p355  Commander of the Legion of Honor (French); awarded Croix de Guerre with Palm;


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. He commanded the Twenty-ninth Division from the date of its organization until the end of hostilities; and led this division with skill and ability in the success­ful operations east and northeast of Verdun which forced the enemy to maintain this front with strong forces, thus preventing an increase of hostile strength between the Argonne and the Meuse."

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal.

Major-General, May 15, 1917.

At Honolulu, commanding Hawaiian Department, July 13, 1919, to July, 1921; at Washington, D. C., on duty in War Department, July, 1921, to Jan., 1922; at Presidio of San Francisco, Calif., commanding 9th Corps Area, Jan. 30, 1922, to Jan. 15, 1925.

Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, Jan. 15, 1925,
By Operation of Law.

Commander of the Legion of Honor (French), Croix de Guerre with two Palms.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj.‑Gen., Ret., Jan. 15, 1925.

Died, July 18, 1933, at San Francisco, Calif.: Aged 72.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1935, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.º

Buried, Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a He was the son of Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Charles Morton.

[decorative delimiter]

b Gen. Morton's birthplace is as given in an assortment of fairly reliable secondary sources.

[image ALT: Valid HTML 4.01.]

Page updated: 22 Feb 17