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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1883

Vol. III

(Born Va.)

Henry C. Cabell​1

(Ap'd Va.)


Born Richmond, VA.​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., 14th Infantry, June 13, 1883.

Served: on frontier duty at Uncompahgre, Col., Sep. 30, 1883, to July 21, 1884, — and Vancouver Barracks, Wash. (leave of absence, Jan. 4 to July 2, 1887, and on Special duty as Acting Commissary of Subsistence, July 25, 1887, to Feb. 1, 1889), to –––––.

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

Military History. —

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 13th Infantry, Feb. 24, 1891)

(Transferred to 14th Infantry, Oct. 6, 1891)

Served: At Vancouver Barracks, Wash., and San Francisco, Cal., to May, 1892, as Aide-de‑camp to General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Gibbon.​b — In the field, Puyallup Indian Reservation, Wash., May to Nov., 1892. — Vancouver Barracks, Wash., to Nov., 1897. — In the field, Debs labor troubles, July and Aug., 1894. — (Quartermaster, 14th Infantry, Jan., 1892 to March, 1895. — Adjutant, 14th Infantry, to Jan., 1896.) — On duty with National Guard, State of Oregon, Nov., 1897 to Feb., 1898. — Dyea, Alaska, from Feb. to July, 1898. — Acting Chief Quartermaster and Adjutant-General, District of Lynn Canal, May and June, 1898.

(Captain and Asst. Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers, May 12, 1898)

(Volunteer Commission vacated, July 10, 1898)

(Captain of Infantry, July 10, 1898)

(Assigned to 3d Infantry, Jan. 1, 1899)

Served: in Philippine Islands, from Aug. 20, 1898; Secretary to the Military Governor in the Philippines, Sept. and Oct., 1898. — Adjutant-General, 1st Division, 8th Army Corps, to March 20, 1899, and as such participated in the action of Feb. 5, 1899 and other minor affairs. — Since March 20 on the staff of General Wheaton as Adjutant-General of the different brigades he has commanded, and as such participated in the engagements beginning in the advance from Caloocan, March 24, 1899, and ending in the capture of Malolos, March 31, 1899; in the repulse of the attack upon the railroad in rear of Malolos the night of April 10 and morning of April 11, 1899; in the capture of the insurgent position on the Bag‑Bag and Rio Grande rivers, April 25 to 28, 1899; in the engagements on the advance from the Rio Grande River ending in the capture of San Fernando, May 4 and 5, 1899; in the movement of General Lawton's Division from San Pedro Macati south, capturing Las Pinas and Paranaque, June 10 and 11, 1899; in the engagement at the Zapote River, June 13, 1899; in the engagements from Imus to Dasmarinas, June 19 and 20; in the advance from San Fernando of General MacArthur's Division against the Filipino intrenchments, Aug. 9, ending in the capture of Angeles, Aug. 16, 1899; in the field, Philippine Islands (Luzon), to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: In the field, Luzon, to Sept., 1899; returned to U. S., Oct., 1899, on sick leave; recruiting duty at Portland, Ore., Jan., 1900 to Nov., 1901; with regiment at Fort Snelling, Minn. and Fort Wayne, Mich., to April, 1903; Philippine Islands Camp Connell, Samar, to March, 1905; Vancouver Barracks, Wash., to April, 1906; Police and relief duty at San Francisco, Cal., April, May and June; Vancouver Barracks, Wash., to Aug., 1907.

(Adjutant, 14th Infantry, from March, 1904 to July 13, 1906)

(Major, 19th Infantry, July 13, 1906)

(Transferred to 14th Infantry, Sept. 20, 1906)

— At Headquarters, Department of the Columbia, from Sept. 28, 1906 to Aug. 19, 1907, as Inspector of Small-Arms Practice, Ordnance Officer, etc.; General Staff, Aug. 15, 1907; at St. Paul, Minn., Chief of Staff, Department of Dakota, Aug. 15, 1907 to –––––; nominated by the President to the U. S. Senate, March 20, 1902, to be Major, by brevet, in the Army, for distinguished gallantry in action at the Tuliahan River, Luzon, Philippine Islands, March 25, 1899, and Malinta, Luzon, Philippine Islands, March 26, 1899, to rank, from March 25, 1899; to be Lieut.‑Colonel, by brevet, for conspicuous gallantry in action at Guiguinto, Luzon, Philippine Islands, April 11, 1899, and Santo Tomas, Philippine Islands, May 4, 1899, to rank, from April 11, 1899.

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

(Henry Coalter Cabell, Born Dec. 11, 1858.)

Military History. —

Major, 19th Infantry, July 13, 1906.

Transferred to 14th Infantry, Sept. 20, 1906.

At St. Paul, Minn., Chief of Staff, Department of Dakota, Aug. 15, 1907, to July 24, 1909; at Vancouver Bks., Wash., Chief of Staff, Department of the Columbia, Aug. 1, 1909, to Aug. 14, 1911, when he was relieved as member of General Staff Corps; (at American Lake, Wash., Assistant to Chief Umpire, Camp of Instruction, July 4 to Aug. 18, 1910; assistant to Chief of Staff, Western Department, from July 11, 1911); on leave of absence, Aug. 27, 1911, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 7th Infantry, Jan. 31, 1912)

Feb. 25, 1912; at Vancouver Bks., Wash., Feb. 25 to

(Transferred to 14th Infantry, May 8, 1912)

May 29, 1912.

Lieut.‑Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, May 29, 1912,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Engaged in farming and manufacturing business in Oregon until Declaration of War with Germany; applied for active service and was assigned to duty in Adjutant-General's office, June 6, 1917; at Washington, D. C., in office of Adjutant-General to

(Colonel, Adjutant-General, National Army, Jan. 16, 1918)

March 15, 1919; (during this time he was Chief of Appointment Section, A. G. O.; this section, to Nov. 1, 1918, was charged with responsibility of supplying the rapidly expanding Army with line and staff officers, and was also charged with administration and control of all Line Officers' Training Schools, to Feb. 15, 1919, when these schools were discontinued); relieved from active duty at his own request, March 15, 1919, and resumed retired status; has since resided at Portland, Oregon.

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

Military History. —

Lieutenant-Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, May 29, 1912,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.


Distinguished Service Medal.

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services while in charge of war risk insurance matters and later in charge of the Appointment Division. By his untiring efforts in dealing with other departments and the public, he expedited the dispatch of official business and the solution of intricate problems arising under new laws. He rendered services of great merit."

Awarded Silver Star and cited "for gallantry against the insurgents at Malinta, Luzon, P. I., Mar. 26, 1899, and against the insurgents at Santo Tomas, P. I., May 4, 1899, in a charge upon the enemy's position and intrenchments."

Died, Mar. 10, 1930, at Portland, Ore.: Aged 71.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1930.

Colonel, U. S. A., (Posthumously) Mar. 10, 1930,
Act of June 21, 1930.

Buried, River View Cemetery, Portland, OR.

The Author's Note:º

1 Great grandson of Colonel Nicholas Cabell, Virginia State Troops, Revolutionary War; great grandson of Lieut.‑Colonel William Alston, 3d North Carolina Continental Line; great grandson of Captain Robert Gamble, 12th Virginia Continental Line; great grandson of Major Andrew Hamilton, South Carolina State Troops.

Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Cabell's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b While noting that according to the Register, Gen. Gibbon retired April 30, 1891.

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