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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1884

Vol. III

(Born N. Y.)

James A. Cole

(Ap'd Wis.)


Born Palmyra, NY.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1880, to June 15, 1884, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 6th Cavalry, June 15, 1884.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Bayard, N. M., Oct. 1‑25, 1884, — Ft. Cummings, N. M., to Nov. 20, 1884, — Ft. Bayard, N. M., and in the field, to Sep. 3, 1887, — and Ft. Union, N. M., to June 28, 1888; and as Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., July 13, 1888, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: On college duty

(First Lieut. of Cavalry, 9th Cavalry, April 1, 1891)

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

to Sept., 1891; garrison duty at Fort McKinney, Wyo., to May 7, 1892; on leave to Aug., 1892; on duty at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N. Y., as Assistant Instructor of History and Law, Aug. 20, 1892 to Aug. 28, 1894; as Instructor of Law to Feb. 1, 1895, and as Assistant Professor of Law to Aug. 13, 1896; on leave to Nov. 30, 1896; garrison duty at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to April 19, 1898; with regiment at Camp Thomas, Ga., and at Tampa, Fla., to June 14, 1898. — In the campaign against Santiago, and in Cuba, to July 5, 1898, being engaged in the battle of San Juan (commanding troop F, 6th Cavalry), July 1‑3, 1898. — Sick and on sick leave, July 5 to Sept. 1, 1898. — With regiment at Montauk Point, N. Y., to Oct., 1898; at Huntsville, Ala., to Dec. 28; at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.,

(Captain of Cavalry, 9th Cavalry, April 8, 1899)

to May 3, 1899. — On recruiting service at Chicago, Ill., to July, 1899. — With regiment at Fort Apache, Ariz., to ––––

(Transferred to 6th Cavalry, April 10, 1900)

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

Military History. — Served: On recruiting service at Chicago, Ill., to July, 1899; with regiment at Fort Apache, Ariz., July 8, 1899 to July 27, 1900; with 6th Cavalry (2d Squadron), in Sequoia Park, Cal. and Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., Aug. 22, 1900 to March 25, 1901; in Philippine Islands, April 19, 1901; Nasugbu, P. I., April 20, 1901, May 29, 1901; Batangas, P. I., May 29, 1901, Jan. 26, 1902; Acting Judge Advocate, 3d Separate Brigade, Batangas, P. I., Jan. 27, 1902, Aug. 10, 1902; Cabuyao, Laguna Province, Aug. 11, 1902, June 30, 1903; Pasay Garrison, Manila, July 1, 1903, Sept. 11, 1903; sailed for U. S., Sept. 16, 1903; arrived San Francisco, Oct. 10, 1903; at Fort Meade, S. D., Oct. 27, 1903, Sept. 2, 1907; Manila, P. I., Oct. 9, 1907; Camp Overton (Mindanao), Oct. 11, 1907, June 3, 1908; Malabang, Mindanao, June 8, 1908 to –––––; skirmish south of Taal, Nov. 12, 1907; Insurrectos, skirmish with Moro bandits, Ilean, Dumuludu,​b Mindanao, April 10, 1908.

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

(James Alfred Cole, Born Nov. 4, 1861)

Military History. —

Captain, 9th Cavalry, April 8, 1899

Transferred to 6th Cavalry, April 10, 1900

In Philippines, at Malabang, Mindanao, June 8, 1908, to Dec. 9, 1909; en route to U. S., Dec. 16, 1909, to Jan. 12, 1910; at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 21 to

(Transferred to 9th Cavalry, April 7, 1910)

(Transferred to 8th Cavalry, July 1, 1910)

Sept. 10, 1910;

(Major, 10th Cavalry, Oct. 1, 1910)

(Transferred to 6th Cavalry, Oct. 8, 1910)

at Douglas, Arizona, with 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry, April 22 to July 17, 1911; at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, July 19 to Aug. 22, 1911;

(Paymaster, By Detail, Sept. 11, 1911)

at Omaha, Neb.;

(Transferred to Quartermaster Corps, Aug. 24, 1912)

at Fort D. A. Russell, Wyo., Quartermaster, Nov. 16, 1912, to Oct. 15, 1913; at Texas City, Texas, Assistant to Quartermaster, 2nd Division, Nov. 3, 1913, to May 10, 1914; at Vera Cruz, Mexico, Assistant to Quartermaster, Expeditionary Forces, May 13 to Aug. 24, 1914, when he was relieved from detail in the Quartermaster Corps; (Treasurer of Military Government, June to August, inclusive);

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 14th Cavalry, Aug. 25, 1914)

Lieut.‑Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Nov. 25, 1914,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

At Charlottesville, Va., Professor of Military Science and Tactics at University of Virginia, April 2, 1917, to Sept. 7, 1918, when he was relieved and assigned to command of Students' Army Training Corps at same place; on this duty until he was

(Colonel, U. S. A., on Retired List, Nov. 8, 1918)

relieved, Jan. 28, 1919.

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

Military History. —

Lieutenant-Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Nov. 25, 1914,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Nov. 8, 1918.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Lt.‑Col., Ret., Nov. 25, 1914.

Col., Ret., Nov. 8, 1918.

Died, Mar. 18, 1932, at Charlottesville, Va.: Aged 70.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1932.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

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

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b I've been unable to find either Ilean or Dumuludu in the Philippines, and suspect that at least one of these is a typographical error, as very often happens with Philippine names in the Register; although in the Annual Report of the War Department for the Year ended June 30, 1908, Vol. III, Department of Mindanao, p273, we read about this reconnaissance:

April 30, 1908. — Post commander, Camp Keithley, reports that an expedition consisting of Troops E and G, Sixth Cavalry, Camp Overton, detachment of hospital corps, detachment of engineers, and a command from Camp Keithley, left that place on April 9, 1908, to reconnoiter the country along the Kamanga and Dumuludu rivers east of Lake Lanao.

Reports that the hostile Moros can not be surprised owing to the fact that when cargadores are wanted at Camp Keithley the information is transmitted to the outlaws, who take this as a forewarning and scatter into the mountains.

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