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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1883

Vol. III

(Born Ill.)

Herbert H. Sargent

(Ap'd Ill.)


Born Carlinville, IL.​a

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., 2d Cavalry, June 13, 1883.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Assinniboine, Mon., Sep. 28, 1883, to June 3, 1884, — and Ft. Klamath, Or., to Aug. 16, 1886; as Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill., Aug. 29, 1886, to Aug. 31, 1887; and on frontier duty at Ft. Bidwell, Cal., to Oct. 20, 1888, — and Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: In State of Washington to July, 1890;

(First Lieut. of Cavalry, 2d Cavalry, June 19, 1890)

in Arizona to Nov., 1894; in Colorado to June, 1895. — (Appointed Regimental Quartermaster, June 13, 1895.) — In New Mexico to April, 1898. — At outbreak of Spanish-American war, proceeded to Camp George H. Thomas, Ga., with his regiment. — Served as Brigade Commissary Officer for a few days, and on May 2, 1898 was ordered to Washington, D. C., to assist in organizing the volunteer forces of the United States.

(Major and Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers, May 12, 1899. — Declined)

(Colonel, 5th U. S. Volunteer Infantry, May 20, 1898)

— Raised regiment at Columbus, Mis. — Ordered to Santiago de Cuba on Aug. 6, 1898; sailed from Savannah, Ga., on Aug. 8, and arrived at Santiago on Aug. 12; in camp for eight months on the outskirts of Santiago, the regiment actively occupied in clearing the city and guarding Government property through a siege of desolation, fever, and pestilence. — Ordered with regiment to take command of District of Guantanamo, March, 1899. — Acting military governor of this district and city till May 2, when the regiment sailed for the United States, and was mustered out at Camp Meade, May 31, 1899. — Received high praise from General Wood for efficiency displayed, and for a well-disciplined regiment.

(Captain of Cavalry, 2d Cavalry, March 2, 1899)

(Honorably mustered out of Volunteer Service, May 31, 1899)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 29th U. S. Volunteer Infantry, July 5, 1899)

Served at Fort McPherson, Ga., July, 1899 to ––––

Civil History. — Author of Napoleon Bonaparte's First Campaign, and  p374  The Campaign of Marengo, two books which have given him wide fame as a military writer on both sides of the Atlantic, and have received high praise from Lord Wolseley, Major-General Lawton, and other soldiers.

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

Military History. — Served: Received high praise from General Wood for efficiency displayed, and for a well-disciplined regiment, and was recommended by him for Brevet Colonel in the regular army; helped raise regiment, 29th Volunteer Infantry at Fort McPherson, Ga.; sailed for Manila with regiment, Oct. 5, 1899; arrived Nov. 2, 1899; fought insurgents on Island of Luzon; commanded attacking forces, Dec. 19, 1899, at battle of San Mateo, in which General Henry W. Lawton was killed; was commended by Major General E. S. Otis, commanding U. S. forces in the Philippines, "for the skill and bravery he displayed in the difficult San Mateo affair," and for this action, was recommended for a brevet in the regular army; July, 1900 to July, 1901, was Judge Advocate General, Department of Southern Luzon.

(Honorably Discharged from Volunteer Service, May 10, 1901)

— Returned to United States, in July, 1901, and joined the 2d Cavalry, at Matanzas, Cuba; served there and at Fort Ethan Allen, Vt., until summer of 1903; Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, Sept. 21, 1903 to Sept. 15, 1907, and since, with his regiment, 2d Cavalry, at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and in Ute campaign in South Dakota, in fall of 1907; with regiment at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, to –––––.

(Major, 2d Cavalry, Jan. 8, 1909)

— At Army War College, Washington, D. C., from Nov., 1907 to –––––.

Civil History. — Author of Napoleon Bonaparte's First Campaign; The Campaign of Marengo, and The Campaign of Santiago de Cuba. His works have earned for him a wide fame as a military historian and strategist; was ordered to Washington, in Nov., 1907, and personally complimented by President Roosevelt on The Campaign of Santiago de Cuba.

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

(Herbert Howland Sargent, Born Sep. 29, 1858.)

Military History. —

Captain, 2d Cavalry, March 2, 1899.

Lieut.‑Colonel, 29th U. S. Volunteer Infantry, July 5, 1899.

Honorably Discharged from Volunteer Service, May 10, 1901.

With regiment, 2nd Cavalry, at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and in Ute Campaign, South Dakota, September, 1907, to August, 1908; at War College, Washington, D. C., August, 1908, to

(Major, 2d Cavalry, Jan. 8, 1909)

November, 1909, when he graduated: with regiment in Philippines, commanding Camp Overton, Mindanao, and Torrey Bks., January, 1910, to June, 1911; returned to U. S., June and July, 1911;

Major, U. S. A., Retired, Nov. 17, 1911,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Civil History. — Resided in Medford, Oregon, 1911 to November, 1915; Councilman of Medford, 1914‑1915; moved to Jacksonville, Oregon, November, 1915; Chairman of Progressive Party, Jackson County, Oregon, 1914‑15.

Military History. — Upon declaration of War with Germany, was recommended by Ex‑President Roosevelt and by twenty-four general officers of the Regular Army for position of Brigadier-General. Recalled to active duty June 27, 1916; assistant to Department Quartermaster, Western Department, San Francisco, Cal., to Sept. 25, 1917, when he was detailed as Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Princeton University; in Historical Branch of the War Plans Division of the General Staff, March 25, 1918, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, National Army, May 23, 1918)

Author of Napoleon Bonaparte's First Campaign (1 vol.); The Campaign of Marengo (1 vol.); The Campaign of Santiago de Cuba (3 vols.),​b for which he was ordered to Washington to receive the personal compliments of President Roosevelt.

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

Military History. —

Major, U. S. A., Retired, Nov. 17, 1911,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Lieutenant-Colonel, National Army, May 23, 1918.

Lieutenant-Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, July 9, 1918.

Died, Sept. 16, 1921, at Jacksonville, Ore.: Aged 63.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1922.

Buried, Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville, OR.

Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Sargent's birthplace is from his AOG obituary. His page at Find-a‑Grave gives, unsourced, a more precise location: Centerville in Macoupin County (not to be confused with Centreville in St. Clair County). Carlinville is the county seat of Macoupin; Centerville is an unincorporated place in Macoupin County, near Shipman.

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b All three volumes are online at Archive.Org:


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