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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1883

Vol. III

(Born O.)

Elmore F. Taggart

(Ap'd O.)


Born Orrville, OH.​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., 6th Infantry, June 13, 1883.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Douglas, Utah, Sep. 30, 1883 (on Rifle Competition, July 26 to Sep. 18, 1885, and Aug. 12 to Oct. 9, 1886), to Jan. 1, 1888; in garrison at Ft. Sheridan, Ill., to Dec. 4, 1888; under instruction at the Torpedo School, Willet's Point, N. Y., to Oct. 1, 1889; and in garrison at Ft. Sheridan, Ill., to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Sheridan, Ill., to Sept. 5, 1890; at Fort Thomas, Ky., to Oct. 4, 1890; at Plattsburg Barracks, N. Y.,

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 4th Infantry, Feb. 20, 1891)

(Transferred to 6th Infantry, July 20, 1891)

to Oct., 1891; at Fort Thomas, Ky., to April 19, 1898; with regiment at Tampa, Fla.,

(Captain and Commissary of Subsistence, U. S. Volunteers,
May 12, 1898)

to May 18, 1898. — Commissary of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Corps, May 18 to 27, and Chief Commissary, 1st Division, 5th Corps, May 27

(Captain of Infantry, July 1, 1898)

to Sept. 30, 1898, being engaged in the campaign against Santiago, and in Cuba, to Sept., 1898, and at Camp Wikoff, N. Y., to Oct., 1898.

(Major and Chief Commissary of Subsistence, U. S. Volunteers, Oct. 28, 1898)

— In Cuba distributing rations to the destitute in Nov., 1898. — Chief Commissary, 1st Army Corps, at Macon, Ga., Dec. 25, 1898 to Jan., 1899;

(Assigned to 6th Infantry, Jan. 1, 1899)

Chief Commissary, Department of Matanzas, Cuba, Jan. 12 to May 3, 1899.

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, June 10, 1899)

 p379  — On sick leave, May 3 to July 21, 1899;

(Major, 28th U. S. Volunteer Infantry, July 5, 1899)

with regiment at Camp Meade, Pa., to Sept. 25, 1899. — En route to and in Philippines to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: En route to and in Philippines, to Feb., 1901; with regiment in Mindanao, to July, 1901; Chief of Police, City of Manila under Military Government, to Feb., 1902; Quartermaster, U. S. A. Transport Relief, at Manila, to July, 1902; Quartermaster, U. S. A. Transport Relief, at Shanghai, China, to Nov., 1902; Quartermaster, U. S. A. Transport Relief, at San Francisco, where ship was turned over to the Navy; with 6th Infantry at Fort Leavenworth, Dec., 1903 to July, 1905.​b

(Quartermaster, by detail, Dec. 10, 1903 to June, 1906)

(Assigned to 8th Infantry, July 17, 1905)

(Major, 24th Infantry, June 25, 1906)

and assigned to command 2d District of Leyte, against Pulajanes, Oct., 1906 to May, 1907; in General Hospital, Manila and San Francisco, to Sept., 1907; Quartermaster U. S. A. Transport Crook, in Alaska, to March, 1908; with 24th Infantry in Philippines, to May, 1910; at Fort Ontario, New York to –––––.

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

(Elmore Findlay Taggart, Born Oct. 6, 1858.)

Military History. —

Major, 24th Infantry, June 25, 1906.

At Fort Ontario, N. Y., June, 1910, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Infantry, Sept. 27, 1911)

(Assigned to 4th Infantry, Nov. 16, 1911)

Nov. 30, 1911; (commanding post from Oct. 13, 1911); at Fort Logan H. Roots, Ark., commanding post, Dec. 31, 1911, to Feb. 12, 1913; at Galveston, Texas, with regiment, Feb. 14, 1913, to

(Transferred to 28th Infantry, Oct. 4, 1913)

April 20, 1914; at Vera Cruz, Mexico, with 28th Infantry, April 25 to Nov. 23, 1914; at Galveston, Texas, with regiment, Nov. 24, 1914, to

(Colonel of Infantry, Sept. 21, 1915)

Oct. 24, 1915; at Mission, Texas, on border patrol, Oct. 25, 1915, to June 22, 1916; at Fort Ringgold, Texas, with 28th Infantry, June 22 to 28, 1916; at Brownsville, Texas, commanding District, June 28, 1916, to

(Assigned to 12th Infantry, June 22, 1917)

July, 1917; at Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., commanding regiment, July 20, 1917, to Jan. 3, 1918; at Camp Fremont, Cal., with regiment, Jan. 5 to June 18, 1918; en route to Philippines, June 19 to Aug. 6, 1918; at Manila, P. I., with Philippine Scouts, Aug. 7, 1918, to ––––º

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, July 9, 1920,
At His Own Request, After Over 41 Years' Service.

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

Military History: —

Colonel of Infantry, Sept. 21, 1915.

At Manila, P. I., with Philippine Scouts, Aug. 7, 1918, to July 9, 1920.

 p204  Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, July 9, 1920,
At His Own Request, After Over 41 Years' Service.

Awarded two Silver Stars and cited "for gallantry in action against insurgent forces at Imus, Luzon, Philippine Islands, Jan. 7, 1900," and, "for gallantry in action against insurgent forces at Malaybalay, Mindanao, Philippine Islands, Feb. 28, 1901."

Civil History: — Vice-Mayor of Baguio, and member, City Council, Sept. 1, 1921, to June 1, 1925.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., July 9, 1920.

Died Sept. 18, 1935, at Baguio, P. I.: Aged 78.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1936.º

Buried, Crown Hill Cemetery, Orrville, OH.

Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Taggart's birthplace is from his AOG obituary (where it is spelled Orville).

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b Not mentioned in the Register, nor does it properly belong there, yet of significance not only to Capt. Taggart but to his unit and the Army as a whole: his messy divorce case, the lurid ingredients of which, involving other Army officers and his commanding general, achieved nationwide notoriety thanks to the yellow journalism of the Hearst papers. Read all about it, or at least a very evocative snapshot of it just before the court case opened: The Pittsburg Press, Sept. 3, 1905. He was the plaintiff against his wife, and the case was found in his favor even to the point of granting him custody of their two children, nearly unheard‑of in those days; even with that vindication, it remains amazing, and speaks reams to both his fortitude and the fairness of the Army, that he managed to continue on a success­ful career.

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