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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1883

Vol. III

(Born O.)

Clarence R. Edwards

(Ap'd O.)


Born Cleveland, OH.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1879, to June 13, 1883, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 23d Infantry, June 13, 1883.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Union, N. M., Sep. 30, 1883, to June 2, 1884; in garrison at Ft. Porter, N. Y., to Aug. 29, 1884; commanding Guard at Ex‑President Garfield's grave, at Cleveland, O., to July, 1886; and in garrison at Ft. Porter, N. Y. (leave of absence, June 11 to Oct. 9, 1889), to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: On duty at Fort Porter, N. Y., to May 10, 1890 (served as Post Adjutant and Post Treasurer in addition to company duties). — At Fort Davis, Tex., from May 17 to Dec. 15, 1890 (Post Adjutant and Range Officer). — Professor of Military Science and Tactics at St. Joseph's College, Fordham, N. Y., from Dec. 21, 1890 to Oct. 31, 1893.

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 1st Infantry, Feb. 25, 1891)

(Transferred to 23d Infantry, July 20, 1891)

— At Washington, D. C., on duty in office of the Adjutant-General of the Army, in the Military Information Division, from Nov. 1, 1893 to Nov. 1, 1895. — Garrison duty at Fort Clark, Tex., to April 12, 1898, in command of Company H, 23d Infantry, in charge of Post Exchange, of Post Gardens; Post Treasurer, until appointed (Quartermaster of 23d Infantry, Aug. 27, 1896), also Commissary and Ordnance Officer. — At New Orleans, La., from April 18 to May 23, 1898, at which station, in addition to duties of Quartermaster, Ordnance Officer, and Commissary of Regiment, served as Acting Adjutant-General of Provisional Division there organized; resigned as Quartermaster of the regiment, May 12, 1898.

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

served in that capacity to Oct. 1, 1899. — Adjutant-General, 4th Army Corps, from May 25 to Sept. 15, 1898 at Mobile, Tampa, and Huntsville; also Mustering Officer of the corps, July 26

(Captain of Infantry, July 30, 1898)

to Aug. 14, 1898. — On sick leave, Sept. 19 to Dec. 4, 1898. — Adjutant-General, 4th Army Corps, Dec. 5, 1898 to Jan. 4, 1899, when ordered to report as Adjutant-General of the Department of Havana, Cuba. While en route, via Washington, to Havana, Cuba, assigned to staff of Major-

(Assigned to 10th Infantry, Jan. 1, 1899)

General Lawton as Adjutant-General, Jan. 6, 1899; served until General Lawton's death, Dec. 19, 1899. — Accompanied General Lawton on U. S. Army Troop Grant (via Suez Canal), arriving at Manila, March 10, 1899. — Assigned as Adjutant-General, 1st Division, 8th Army Corps, March 17, 1899;

(Volunteer Commission vacated, Oct. 1, 1899)

 p384  relieved Dec. 19, 1899, and accompanied remains of General Lawton to San Francisco by transport, thence by rail to Washington, D. C.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 47th U. S. Volunteer Infantry, Aug. 17, 1899)

Participated in the following engagements: As spectator with advance of Brigadier-General Wheaton's Provisional Brigade from San Pedro Macati to Pasig.

General Lawton's Santa Cruz campaign: Battle of Santa Cruz, Province of Laguna, April 9 and 10; battle of Pagsanjan, April 11, 1899, and minor engagement a few miles up the river from Pagsanjan, where, in command of a battalion of the 1st North Dakotas, he recovered four steam launches held by the insurgents; battle of Paete, April 12, 1899.

General Lawton's San Isidro campaign: Battle of Novaliches, Sept. 22, 1899; first battle of San Rafael, April 29, 1899; second battle of San Rafael, May 1, 1899; battle of Balinag, May 2, 1899; battle of San Isidro, May 17, 1899.

General Lawton's expedition to Province of Morong, June 2 to 8, 1899; battle of Cainta, June 3, 1899; engagement at Taytay, June 4, 1899.

General Lawton's expedition to Province of Cavite, June 10 to 20, 1899; Battle of Guadalupe Ridge on the advance from San Pedro Macati, to the east or rear of Paranaque; also engagement opposite Las Piñas, June 10, 1899; battle of the Zapote River, June 13, 1899; repelling attack of insurgents, extending from Imus down the river, enveloping Bacoor, Oct. 2 and 3, 1899; repelling second vigorous attack of insurgents on same lines, which finally resulted in our forces driving off insurgents, pursuing them to and through Binacayan.

On duty in office of the Secretary of War as Chief of Customs and Insular Division, Feb. 12, 1900 to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: On duty in office of the Secretary of War as Chief of Customs and Insular Division, Feb. 12, 1900 to July 1, 1902.

(Colonel, U. S. Army, and Chief, Bureau of Insular Affairs,
July 1, 1902)

(Brigadier-General, U. S. Army, and Chief, Bureau of Insular Affairs,
June 30, 1906)

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

(Clarence Ransom Edwards, Born Jan. 1, 1859)

Military History. —

Captain of Infantry, July 30, 1898

Assigned to 10th Infantry, Jan. 1, 1899

Brigadier-General, Chief of Bureau of Insular Affairs, June 30, 1906.

Reappointed, June 30, 1910

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., May 12, 1912.

Transferred to the Line, Feb. 12, 1913; at Texas City, Texas, and at Fort D. A. Russell, Wyo., commanding 6th Brigade, January, 1913, to January, 1914; at Schofield Bks., Hawaii, commanding 1st Brigade, January to December, 1914; at Canal Zone, Panama, commanding U. S. Forces, February, 1915, to April, 1917;​b at Camp Devens, Mas., organized and commanded Northeastern Department, comprising all New England States, May 1 to

(Major-General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917)

Sept. 1, 1917; organized 26th Division from National Guard of New England States and took the Division to France in September, 1917; commanded the Division during its operations at Chemin des Dames; also in the Toul Sector where the Battles of Bois Brûlé and Seicheprey were fought; also at Château Thierry during the Second Battle of the Marne; also in the Les Eparges Sector in the reduction of the St. Mihiel Salient and in the actions in the Argonne Forest, northeast of Verdun; returned to U. S. Nov. 1, 1918;º

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

Military History. —

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., May 12, 1912.

Major-General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917.

At Boston, Mass., commanding Northeastern Department, Dec. 1, 1918, to June 30, 1920;

Returned to Grade of Brigadier-General, June 30, 1920.

At Camp Zachary Taylor, Ky., commanding 2d Infantry Brigade, 1st Division, Sept. 3 to 16; at Camp Dix, N. J., commanding same brigade, to

Major-General, U. S. A., March 5, 1921.

June 30, 1921; at Boston, Mass., commanding 1st Corps Area, June 30, 1921, to Dec. 1, 1922.

 p208  Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 1, 1922,
At His Own Request, After Over 40 Years' Service.


Major-General, National Guard of Massachusetts, Dec. 1, 1922.

Awarded three Silver Stars and cited "for gallantry in action against insurgent forces at Santa Cruz, Luzon, Philippine Islands, Apr. 10, 1899", "for gallantry in action against insurgent forces at San Rafael, Luzon, Philippine Islands, May 1, 1899," and "for gallantry in action against insurgent forces near Guadalupe Ridge, Luzon, Philippine Islands, June 10, 1899."

Decorations: — Légion d'Honneur Commandant; Croix de Guerre with Palms by Pétain; Grand Cross, Order of Leopold (Belgium); Haller Swords, (Poland).

Civil History: — President of the William Edwards Company, Cleveland, Ohio, since 1919; Executor and Member, Board of Trustees, The Lotta Crabtree Estate; LL. D. Trinity College; Syracuse College; Middlebury College; Boston College; Norwich College; Fordham College.

Died, Feb. 14, 1931, at Boston, Mass.: Aged 72.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1931.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.​c

Thayer's Notes:

a Gen. Edwards' birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b Information about both Gen. Edwards' personality and his Canal Zone service (including a Stateside absence not recorded in the Register) are given in Gerald E. Wheeler, Admiral William Veazie Pratt, pp85‑88.

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c A more informative page, with different and better photographs, can be found at an Arlington Cemetery page; but it's uncertain whether the monument shown there is at Gen. Edwards' actual gravesite.

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