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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1885

Vol. III

(Born D. C.)

James W. Benton​1

(Ap'd at Large)


Born Jan. 24, 1864.​a

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

Second Lieut., 9th Cavalry, June 14, 1885.

Served on frontier duty at Ft. McKinney, Wy., Oct. 1, 1885, to –––––.

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

(James Watson Benton)

Military History. — Served: At Fort McKinney, Wyo., to Nov., 1890. — In the field operating against hostile Sioux Indians at and near Pine Ridge Agency, S. D., to Feb., 1891, being engaged in the actions near Pine Ridge Agency, Dec. 30, and at the Drexel or Catholic Mission, Dec. 31, 1891. — On frontier duty at Fort Robinson, Neb., Feb. to June, 1891.

(First Lieut., 7th Cavalry, March 22, 1892)

(Transferred to 9th Cavalry, April 12, 1892)

— Garrison duty at Fort Myer, Va., to Oct., 1894; at Fort Robinson, Neb., to Sept. 1, 1896 (Regimental Quartermaster, April 12, 1895 to Sept. 2, 1896). — He left Fort Robinson, Neb., Sept. 1, 1896, on leave for two days, and was swimming at Hot Springs, S. D., Sept. 2, 1896, with others, when he was discovered in the water, dead.

Died, Sept. 2, 1896, at Hot Springs, S. D.: Aged 33.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1897, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.James G. Benton, Class of 1842.

Thayer's Note:

a Lt. Benton's date of birth is from his AOG obituary.

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