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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1883

Vol. III

(Born Ala.)

Matthew F. Steele

(Ap'd Ala.)


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., 8th Cavalry, June 13, 1883.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Clark, Tex., Sep. 30, 1883, to Jan. 1, 1884, — Del Rio, Tex., and Scouting in Kansas and Indian Territory, to July, 1885, — and Ft. Clark and at Langtry, Tex. (leave of absence,  p371 Sep. 6 to Nov. 7, 1886), to Aug. 22, 1887; on Rifle Competition, to Oct. 1, 1887; on leave of absence, to Nov. 15, 1887; and on frontier duty at Ft. Davis, Tex., to May 17, 1888, — on the march to Dakota, to Sep. 17, 1888, — and Ft. Yates, Dak., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: In campaign against Sioux Indians in South Dakota, Dec., 1890 to Feb., 1891;

(First Lieut. of Cavalry, 4th Cavalry, March 9, 1891)

(Transferred to 8th Cavalry, April 27, 1891)

joined at Fort Keogh, Mont. — With troop at Fort Myer, Va., June, 1891 to Sept., 1894, and at Fort Meade, S. D., to May, 1898; (Regimental Adjutant, Sept. 7, 1898); Adjutant-General, Department of Dakota, at St. Paul, Min., May, 1898. — Aide to Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Joseph Wheeler, U. S. V., in campaign against Santiago de Cuba, May to Sept., 1898; participated in battle of San Juan, July 1 to 3, 1898; in siege of Santiago and at capitulation, July 17, 1898. — At Camp Wikoff, L. I., Aug. to Sept., 1898; on mustering duty at St. Paul, Min., Sept., 1898

(Captain of Cavalry, 6th Cavalry, March 2, 1899)

to June, 1899. — (Regimental Adjutant, June to July, 15, 1899, at Fort Riley, Kan.). — At Fort Sheridan, Ill., July 17, 1899.

(Major, 30th U. S. Volunteer Infantry, July 5, 1899)

— Served at Fort Sheridan, Ill., to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Sheridan, Ill., to Sept., 1899; in the field with regiment, to March, 1901; mustered out of Volunteer service, in April, 1901; on mustering duty at Presidio, California, to Aug., 1901; on leave, to Oct., 1901; Adjutant at the Discharge Camp on Angel Island, Cal., to May, 1902; in command of troop ("K," 6th Cavalry), in Philippines, to Aug., 1903; Instructor in Department of Military Art at Fort Leavenworth, to Aug., 1908; on temporary duty at Washington, to –––––.

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

(Matthew Forney Steele, Born June 19, 1861.)

Military History. —

Captain, 6th Cavalry, March 2, 1899

Major, 30th U. S. Volunteer Infantry, July 5, 1899.

At Fort Sheridan, Ill., July 17 to Sept. 5, 1899; en route to Philippines with regiment, Sept. 6 to Oct. 21, 1899; at Pasay, P. I., Oct. 23 to Dec. 27, 1899; at San Pedro Macati, P. I., commanding Battalion, Dec. 28, 1899, to Jan. 29, 1900; at Tayabas and Lucena, P. I., Jan. 31 to June 26,  p357 1900; at Manila, Acting Inspector-General, Division of the Philippines, June 27, 1900, to March 1, 1901; en route to U. S., March 2 to April 3, 1901;

(Honorably Discharged from Volunteer Service Only, April 3, 1901)

at San Francisco, Cal., Assistant to Chief Mustering Officer, April 4 to July 23, 1901; on leave of absence, July 24 to Nov. 1, 1901; at Angel Island, Cal., on garrison duty, Nov. 4, 1901, to April 30, 1902; en route to Philippines, May 1 to 26, 1902; at Binan, P. I., commanding Troop, June 3, 1902, to July 10, 1903; en route to U. S., with regiment, July 14 to Aug. 9, 1903; at Fort Keogh, Montana, Aug. 20 to 28, 1903; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., Instructor, Army Service Schools, Sept. 2, 1903, to Aug. 31, 1908; on leave of absence and on detached service at Headquarters Department of California, San Francisco, Cal., Sept. 1 to Oct. 1, 1908; at Washington, D. C., in office of Chief of Staff, Oct. 5, 1908, to

(Major, 2d Cavalry, Sept. 28, 1909)

Nov. 21, 1909; en route to Philippines, Nov. 22, 1909, to Jan. 8, 1910; at Augur Bks., P. I., commanding squadron, Jan. 10, 1910, to May 8, 1912; (at Manila, member of Court of Inquiry, June 27 to Aug. 19, and Sept. 9 to Oct. 1, 1910); on leave of absence and en route to U. S., May 15 to Oct. 29, 1912;

Major, U. S. A., Retired, Oct. 30, 1912,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Placed on active duty Sept. 6, 1917; at Agricultural College, North Dakota, Professor of Military Science and Tactics, Sept. 7, 1917, to Sept. 12, 1918, and commanding Student Army Training Corps unit, Sept. 13, 1918, to ––––

Civil History. — Manager, J. B. Folsom Co., Lands, Loans and Farming; President, Equity Manufacturing and Supply Co.; Trustee, Fargo Auditorium; Trustee, Fargo College.

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

Military History. —

Major, U. S. A., Retired, Oct. 30, 1912,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Recalled to active duty Sept. 6, 1917; at Agricultural College, North Dakota, commanding Students Army Training Corps unit, Sept. 13, 1918, to May 25, 1919, when he was relieved from further active duty.

Lieutenant-Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Mar. 2, 1919.

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

Civil History: — Manager, J. B. Folsom Co., Lands, Loans and Farming; President, Equity Manufacturing and Supply Co.; Trustee, Fargo Auditorium; Trustee, Fargo College.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj., Ret., Oct. 30, 1912.

Lt.‑Col., Ret., Mar. 2, 1919.

Civil History: — Trustee Moorhead Holding Co.; Member Rotary Club of Fargo; President of Club, 1928; Delegate of Club at Convention Rotary International at Minneapolis, 1928; at Dallas, 1929, at Mexico City, 1935.

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

Military History: —

Maj Ret 30 Oct 12;

Lt Col Ret 2 Mar 19

Civil History: — Author "American Campaigns." 707 7th St South, Fargo ND

Died, Feb. 25, 1953, at Fargo, ND: Aged 91.​a

Buried, Riverside Cemetery, Fargo, ND.

Thayer's Note:

a The date of Col. Steele's death is from a placeholder page at the West Point Association of Graduates.

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