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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1883

Vol. III

(Born Mo.)

William Harveyº Smith

(Ap'd Mo.)


Born Jan. 13, 1860, Harrisonville, MO.​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., 10th Cavalry, June 13, 1883.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Davis, Tex., Sep. 30 to Oct. 10, 1883, — Camp Rice, Tex., to Apr. 11, 1885, — Ft. Verde, Ara., to Dec. 10, 1885, — on duty in connection with Indian Affairs at Ft. Apache, and in the field, Ara., to Dec. 27, 1886, — Ft. Verde, Ara. (leave of absence, July 16 to Nov. 15, 1888), to Dec. 11, 1888, — Ft. Apache, Ara., to July 29, 1889, — Rifle Competition, to Sep. 11, 1889, — Special duty at Headquarters Department of Arizona, to Nov. 4, 1889, — and Ft. Grant, Ara., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Grant, Ariz., to March, 1890;

(First Lieut. of Cavalry, 10th Cavalry, March 25, 1890)

at Fort Apache, Ariz., to April, 1891. — On sick leave in Europe to Nov., 1891; on frontier duty at Fort Grant, Ariz., to April, 1892; at Fort Custer, Mont. (Regimental Adjutant, Jan., 1892 to Aug. 31, 1895), to Nov., 1893; at Fort Assinniboine, Mont., to Aug., 1895. — Under instruction at the Infantry and Cavalry School, Aug., 1895 to June, 1897, when he was graduated with honor. — On leave to Nov., 1897. — Garrison duty at Fort Assinniboine, Mont., to April, 1898. — At Camp Thomas, Ga., to May, 1898; at Tampa, Fla., to June, 1898. — in the campaign against Santiago de Cuba to July 1, 1898.

Killed in Action, July 1, 1898, commanding and leading his troop
in the assault on San Juan Hill: Aged 38.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1899, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a Lt. Smith's birth data are from his AOG obituary.

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