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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1884

Vol. III

(Born Mo.)

Farrand Sayre

(Ap'd Mo.)


Born Lewis County, MO.​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., 8th Cavalry, June 15, 1884.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. McIntosh, Tex., and in the Oklahoma Country, Sep. 30, 1884, to Dec. 26, 1885, — Scouting in New Mexico, to Oct. 1, 1886, — Ft. McIntosh, Tex., to Sep. 29, 1887, — Ft. Davis, Tex., to May 17, 1888, — and on the march to and at Ft. Meade, Dak., to Nov. 26, 1889; and on duty at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., to –––––.

First Lieut., 8th Infantry, Dec. 16, 1889.

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

Military History. — Served: Depot Adjutant, Cavalry Recruiting Depot, in 1890.

(First Lieut. of Cavalry, 5th Cavalry, April 17, 1891)

(Transferred to 8th Cavalry, April 27, 1891)

— Relieved from duty at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Oct. 15, 1891. — Served at Fort Meade, S. D., till May 10, 1898; Post Commissary, 1892 and 1893; Post Quartermaster, 1893. — Commended in regimental orders in Dec., 1892, for meritorious conduct at a fire in Sturgis, S. D. — Recommended by regimental commander, in Feb., 1898, as qualified to command a pack train for service in Alaska. — Commanded Post at Fort Washakie, Wyo., May 20 to Sept. 30, 1898. — At Huntsville, Ala., till Nov. 10, 1898. — Commanded Troop B, 8th Cavalry, April 18, 1898 to Oct. 23, 1898; commanded Troop M, 8th Cavalry, Oct. 24, 1898  p392 to –––––; Served in Cuba, Department of Puerto Principe, Nov. 19, 1898 to ––––

(Captain of Cavalry, 8th Cavalry, May 6, 1899)

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

Military History. — Served: Commanded Troop M, 8th Cavalry, Oct. 24, 1898 to May, 1899; in Cuba, Department of Puerto Principe, Nov. 19, 1898 to Dec., 1899.

(Assigned to Troop C, 8th Cavalry, May, 1899)

— Detailed as Acting Engineer Officer, District of Puerto Principe, Oct. 18, 1899; commended for zeal and efficiency in report of Acting Inspector-General, Department of Puerto Principe, July 14, 1899; at Fort Riley, Kas., commanding Troop C, 8th Cavalry, Jan. to June, 1900; commanded post of Fort Sill, Okla., June 20, 1900 to Sept., 1901; in charge of Apache prisoners of war at Fort Sill, Okla., by authority of Secretary of War, June, 1900 to Aug., 1904; commended for zeal and ability in report of Acting Inspector-General, Department of Missouri, Dec. 7, 1901; commended for "special efficiency in care and management of Apache prisoners of war," in report of Acting Inspector-General, Department of Missouri, Jan. 9, 1902; designated as "Distinguished Marksman" and "Distinguished Pistol Shot," March 19, 1909; detailed to enter Infantry and Cavalry School, July 18, 1904; Honor Graduate, Infantry and Cavalry School, July, 1905; Graduate, U. S. Army Staff College, July, 1906; detailed as Instructor, Department of Military Art, Army Staff College, Aug. 20, 1906; detailed for duty with 1st Cavalry, Illinois National Guard, Aug., 1906, Aug., 1907 and July, 1908; Author of book Map Maneuvers, which was adopted for use in the Army Service Schools in 1907.

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

(Born June 17, 1861.)

Military History. —

Captain, 8th Cavalry, May 6, 1899.

At Camp Perry, Ohio, Range Officer, National Rifle Competition, August and September, 1908; at Fort Robinson, Neb., commanding Troop, September, 1908, to May, 1909; Regimental Adjutant, May, 1909, to September, 1910; (at Fort Meade, S. D., on Militia duty, June, 1910; at Fort D. A. Russell, Wyo., assistant to Chief Umpire at maneuvers, August and September, 1910); at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., September, 1910, to

(Major, 7th Cavalry, Jan. 17, 1911)

September, 1913; (Instructor, Department of Military Art, Army Service Schools, September, 1910, to June, 1912; acting Commandant, July to September, 1912; Senior Instructor, Department of Military Art, July, 1912, to September, 1913); at Fort Riley, Kans., member of Field Officers' Class in equitation, Sept. 30 to Dec. 20, 1913; en route to Philippines, January-February, 1914; at Fort McKinley, P. I., commanding 2nd Squadron, March 5 to August, 1914; at Camp Stotsenburg, Pampanga, commanding Squadron, August to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 7th Cavalry, Sept. 2, 1914)

November, 1914; (member of Defense Board, Philippine Department, April, 1914, to November, 1915; Chief of Staff, Field Detachment No. 2, Philippine Department, April, 1914, to May, 1915; Chief Umpire, Brigade Maneuvers at Camp Stotsenburg, September, 1914); at Fort McKinley, P. I., at School of Musketry, November, 1914; made tour of Southern Islands, December, 1914; visited Tientsin, Peking and Great Wall of China, March, 1915; at Camp Stotsenburg with 7th Cavalry to December, 1915; at Fort McKinley, instructor in School of Musketry, December, 1915; at Camp Stotsenburg with 9th Cavalry, January to April, 1916; en route to and on leave in Japan, April 1 to June, 1916; at Plattsburg, N. Y., at Training Camp, June 30 to

(Colonel of Cavalry, July 1, 1916)

Aug. 15, 1916; at Fort Ethan Allen, Vt., commanding post, Aug. 15 to Oct. 12, 1916; at Washington, D. C., at Army War College, Oct. 20, 1916, to May 29, 1917, when he was graduated; at Mercedes, Texas, commanding 16th Cavalry, May 30 to Oct. 30, 1917; at Camp Stanley, Leon Springs, Texas, Oct. 23 to Dec. 20, 1917; at Mercedes Dec. 24, 1917 to

(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Oct. 1, 1918)

Oct. 12, 1918; at Brownsville, Tex., commanding Brownsville District from Oct. 13, 1918; commanding 1st Cavalry Brigade (6th, 14th and 16th Cavalry Regiments), Nov. 15, 1918 to

(Honorably Discharged as Brigadier-General, Only,
March 10, 1919)

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

Military History: —

Colonel of Cavalry, July 1, 1916.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Oct. 1, 1918.

At Brownsville, Tex., commanding 1st Cavalry Brigade, Nov. 15, 1918, to

Returned to Grade of Colonel, Mar. 10, 1919.

May, 1919; commanding Fort Brown, Tex., and 16th Cavalry, May, 1919, to Apr. 1920; at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., commanding 16th Cavalry, Apr., 1920, to  p214 Aug., 1920; at Corozal, Canal Zone, commanding post, Sept. to Dec.; at Camp Gaillard, Canal Zone, commanding post, Dec., 1920, to Dec., 1921; at Fort Warren, Mass., Executive Officer, Training Center, First Corps Area, and Commanding Officer, Boston Harbor, Dec., 1921, to Apr. 29, 1922; at Camp Devens, Mass., commanding camp and 18th Infantry Brigade, Apr. 29 to Oct. 2; at Ft. Constitution, N. H., commanding post and 18th Infantry Brigade, and in charge of Training Center and Correspondence School, First Corps Area, Oct., 1922, to May 1, 1923; at Headquarters First Corps Area, Boston, Mass., in charge of Organized Reserves, First Corps Area, May 3, 1923, to June 17, 1925.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, June 17, 1925,
By Operation of Law.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, June 21, 1930,
Act of June 21, 1930.

Civil History: — Salesman, Learoyd, Foster & Co., Stock Brokers, Boston, Mass., 1925; Parole Agent, Department of Correction, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, since Jan. 11, 1926. Has supervision over about 150 men paroled from State Penal Institutions. Author of "Map Maneuvers and Tactical Rides."

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., June 17, 1825.

Brig.‑Gen., Ret. June 21, 1930.

Civil History: — Parole Agent, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to June 17, 1931. Retired by operation of Massachusetts Law limiting state service to persons under 70 years of age, June 17, 1931. Parole Agent, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by temporary appointment, June 18, 1931, to July 31, 1931. Moved to Baltimore, Md., Sept. 1931; student, Johns Hopkins University, from Oct., 1932; A. M., Johns Hopkins University, 1936, Ph. D., Johns Hopkins University, 1938. Published book, "Diogenes of Sinope, a Study of Greek Cynicism," 1938.

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Col Ret 17 Jun 25

Brig Gen Ret 21 Jun 30

Civil History: — Published book, "The Greek Cynics," 1948. 325 Paddington Rd, Baltimore 12 Md

Died, Apr. 17, 1952, at Baltimore, Md.: Aged 90.​b

Buried, Little Mountain Cemetery, Monticello, MO.

Thayer's Notes:

a Gen. Sayre's birthplace is from the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates.

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b Gen. Sayre died after the publication of Vol. IX (1950), the most recent volume of the Supplements to Cullum's Register available to me, which may also be the most recent volume in the public domain. The date and place of his death are from the WPAOG memorial article.

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