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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1885

Vol. III

(Born Pa.)

Robert A. Brown

(Ap'd Pa.)


Born near Cheyney, Delaware County, PA.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1881, to June 14, 1885, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 4th Cavalry, June 14, 1885.

Served: on frontier duty Scouting, and at Ft. Huachuca, Ara., Sep. 29, 1885, to Oct. 5, 1886, — and Ft. Bowie, Ara., to Aug. 20, 1887; under instruction at the Infantry and Cavalry School of Application, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Sep. 1, 1887, to June 25, 1889; and on leave of absence, Sep., 1889, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: With regiment (4th Cavalry) at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Jan. till June, 1890; at Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., June till Dec., 1890. — Instructor in Tactical Department, U. S. Military Academy, Jan., 1891 to Jan. 25, 1893.

(First Lieut. of Cavalry, 7th Cavalry, Nov. 28, 1891)

(Transferred to 4th Cavalry, Dec. 1, 1891)

— (Regimental Quartermaster, 4th Cavalry, Feb. 3, 1893 to Feb. 3, 1897) at Fort Walla Walla, Wash. — On leave of absence in Japan, Sep. 4 to Dec. 17, 1896. — With regiment as troop officer, Feb. 3, 1897 to June 14, 1898, at Fort Walla Walla, Wash.; with troop at Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., June 17 to June 30, 1898.

(Major and Inspector-General, U. S. Volunteers, June 7, 1898)

Served: At Camp Alger, Va., Thoroughfare, Va., Camp Meade, Pa., Greeneville, S. C., as Inspector-General, 2d Division, 2d Army Corps, July 11 till Nov. 28, 1898. — At Pinar del Rio, Cuba, as Inspector-General, Department of Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Dec. 12, 1898 to ––––

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, May 12, 1899)

(Captain of Cavalry, 8th Cavalry, Sept. 14, 1899)

(Major and Inspector-General, U. S. Volunteers, Sept. 30, 1899)

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

Military History. — Served: Inspector-General, 2d Division, 2d Army Corps, Camp Alger, Va.; Camp Meade, Pa., and Greeneville, S. C., July 14 to Nov. 30, 1898; Inspector-General, Department of Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Dec., 1898 to March 12, 1899; command of troop in campaign on Laguna de Bay, P. I., June 24 to Aug. 14, 1899; Aide-de‑Camp to Major General Arthur MacArthur, U. S. Volunteers, in Northern Luzon, Aug. 15 to Sept. 30, 1899.

(Major and Inspector-General, U. S. Volunteers, Sept. 30, 1899)

(Captain 8th Cavalry, Sept. 14, 1899)

(Transferred to 4th Cavalry, Nov. 30, 1900)

— Inspector-General, 2d Division, 8th Army Corps, in Northern Luzon, Oct., 1899 to April, 1900; Assistant Military Secretary to the Military Governor of the Philippine Islands, in Manila, May to Oct., 1900; Inspector-General, Department of Southern Luzon, Oct., 1900 to June 30, 1901.

(Honorably Discharged, as Inspector-General, U. S. Volunteers, June 30, 1901)

— Aide-de‑camp to Major-General MacArthur, July 1, 1901 to Sept. 30, 1902, at Manila, Washington, Denver, Chicago and New York; in command of troops at Fort Leavenworth, Kas., Oct., 1902 to Oct., 1904; at Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., to Jan., 1906; in Philippine Islands, at Malabang, Mindanao, to Oct., 1907; on duty as Recruiting Officer at Buffalo, N. Y., from Nov. 15, 1907 to –––––.

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

(Robert Alexander Brown, Born Nov. 7, 1859.)

Military History. —

Captain, 8th Cavalry, Sept. 14, 1899.

Transferred to 4th Cavalry, Nov. 30, 1900.

At Buffalo, N. Y., on duty as Recruiting Officer, Nov. 15, 1907, to August, 1909; at Washington, D. C., student officer at Army War College, August, 1909, to July, 1910, and Instructor, July, 1910, to

(Major, 14th Cavalry, March 3, 1911)

July, 1911; at Camp Stotsenburg, Philippines, with 14th Cavalry, September, 1911, to March, 1912; at Fort Clark, Texas, April to Sept. 30, 1912; detailed to General Staff, Oct. 1, 1912; at Washington, D. C., Assistant Director, Army War College, Oct. 1, 1912, to March, 1913; at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Chief of Staff, Southern Department, April 1, 1913, to Aug. 31, 1914, when he was relieved from General Staff;

(Assigned to 14th Cavalry, Sept. 1, 1914)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 5th Cavalry, Sept. 27, 1914)

(Transferred to 14th Cavalry, Dec. 1, 1914)

commanding Fort McIntosh, Texas, and Mexican border patrols, Laredo District, Dec. 14, 1914, to

(Colonel of Cavalry, July 1, 1916)

Oct. 18, 1916; at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Officer in Charge of Militia Affairs and Chief Mustering Officer, Southern Department, October, 1916, to August, 1917;

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

assigned to command of 84th Brigade; at Camp Mills, L. I., September to November, 1917, when he sailed to France; near Langres, France, commanding Brigade in Training Area, December, 1917, to February, 1918; in active trench sector, Baccarat Sector, Feb. 22 to June 23; on duty near Châlons, June 23 to July 4; Brigade entered line north of Suippes with 4th French Army under General Gouraud, July 5; participated in Battle of July 15 and in repulse of German Offensive east of Rheims that day; Brigade withdrawn from 4th Army and transferred to 1st Corps, American Army; operating north of Château Thierry with 10th French Army under General Desgouttes, July 20 to 23; 84th Brigade relieved 26th Division, July 25, in advance of Épieds; attacked German position at Croix Rouge Farm, night of July 26 and broke German Line of Defense; advanced to Ourcq, crossed the stream, captured Sergy and Hill 212, July 27 to 30; advanced to North of Nesle, Aug. 2; Brigade relieved by 8th Brigade, night of Aug. 2 and withdrawn to Forêt de Fère; left France Aug. 6, 1918;

(Honorably Discharged as Brigadier-General, Only, Sept. 12, 1918)

Chief of Staff, Base Section No. 3, London, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15; at Winchester, England, in command of all Rest Camps in Winchester Area, Oct. 15, 1918, to Feb. 20, 1919; at Biarritz, France, in command of leave area to March 17, 1919; joined 1st Division, Army of Occupation, March 20, 1919, and was assigned to command of 26th Infantry, with Hdqrs. at Nentershausen, Germany;


Croix de Guerre

and decoration of Officer of the Legion of Honor, with citation:

"An excellent Brigade Commander whose skilful dispositions and fine conduct under fire contributed to the victory of July 15, 1918."

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

Military History: —

Colonel of Cavalry, July 1, 1916.

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

Returned to Grade of Colonel, Sept. 13, 1918.

At Nentershausen, Germany, commanding 26th Infantry, Mar. 20, 1919, to Sept., when he returned to U. S. in command of 2nd Brigade; at Fort Sam  p223 Houston, Tex., commanding 14th Cavalry, Oct. 23, 1919, to June, 1920; commanding Fort Ringgold, Tex., and adjoining outposts, June to Aug. 19, 1920; commanding Fort Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. to Oct. 3, 1922; on leave of absence abroad to March 15, 1923; at New York City, Recruiting Officer, Mar. 17 to Nov. 7, 1923.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Nov. 7, 1923,
By Operation of Law.

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

Awarded Croix de Guerre and decoration of Officer of the Legion of Honor.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., Nov. 7, 1923.

Brig.‑Gen., Ret., June 21, 1930.

Died, Sept. 30, 1937, at Presidio of San Francisco, Calif.: Aged 77.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1938.º

Buried, San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, CA.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Brown's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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