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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1886

Vol. III

(Born Ala.)

Bertram T. Clayton​1

(Ap'd Ala.)


Born near Clayton, AL.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1882, to July 1, 1886, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 11th Infantry, July 1, 1886.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Bennett, Dak., Sep. 16, 1886, to June 28, 1887; in garrison at Madison Barracks, N. Y., to Jan. 31, 1888; and on leave of absence, to May 31, 1888.

Resigned, May 31, 1888.

Civil History. — Unknown, nothing authentic having been received.

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

Civil History. — Civil Engineer, Brooklyn, N. Y. — Elected to Congress from 4th District, N. Y., Nov. 8, 1898. — Served in the National Guard, N. Y., as 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant, 13th Regiment, May 12, 1890; Captain, Dec. 2, 1892; Major and Engineer, 2d Brigade, July 17, 1893; organized Troop C, Dec. 16, 1895, and commissioned as its first Captain, Jan. 20, 1896; Colonel, 14th Regiment, June 20, 1899. — Assistant Engineer, Department City Works, Brooklyn, 1893 to 1897. — Assistant Engineer, Department Finance, N. Y. City, Jan., 1898 to March 4, 1899.

 p428  Military History. — Served: In Puerto Rican campaign; at Coamo,

(Captain, Troop C, N. Y. Volunteer Cavalry, May 20, 1898)

P. R., Aug. 9; in several skirmishes in Arbolito Pass, Aug. 9 to 12, during which time Troop C prevented the destruction of important bridges, located Spanish forces, and held American advance post. (See report of Major-General commanding the Army, 1898.)

(Honorably mustered out of Volunteer Service, Nov. 25, 1898.)

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

Military History. — Served: In Philippines, as Transport Quartermaster,

(Captain and Quartermaster, U. S. Army, Feb. 2, 1901)

and as Assistant to the Depot Quartermaster, Manila, from May, 1901 to April, 1904; Quartermaster at New Orleans, La., and in charge of construction work at Jackson Barracks, La., and Fort St. Philip, La., April, 1904 to Aug., 1907; in the Office of the Quartermaster-General at Washington, D. C., Aug. 7, 1907 to –––––.

Civil History. — Elected to Congress from the Fourth New York District in the election of 1898 and served as a member of the 56th U. S. Congress, from March 4, 1899 to March 4, 1901.

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

(Bertram Tracy Clayton, Born Oct. 19, 1862.)

Military History. —

Second Lieut., 11th Infantry, July 1, 1886.

Resigned, May 31, 1888.

Captain and Quartermaster, Feb. 2, 1901.

At Washington, D. C., in office of Quartermaster-General, Aug. 7, 1907, to

(Major, Quartermaster Corps, March 3, 1911)

May 18, 1911; at U. S. Military Academy, Disbursing and Constructing Quartermaster, May 20, 1911, to June 25, 1914; at Camp E. S. Otis, Canal Zone, on construction duty, July 2, 1914, to May 27, 1915; on leave of absence and on detached service at Hdqrs. Eastern Department, Governor's Island, N. Y., June 2 to Aug. 5, 1915; at Ancon, Canal Zone, Constructing Quartermaster, Aug. 12, 1915, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Quartermaster Corps, June 26, 1917)

July 19, 1917; at New York, N. Y., on duty in Army Transport Service, July 19 to September, 1917; en route to France and on duty with Quartermaster Corps in France, September, 1917, to

(Colonel, National Army, May 16, 1918)

May 30, 1918, when he was killed by the explosion of an enemy aerial bomb.

Died, May 30, 1918, in France: Aged 55.​b

Obituary notice in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1919.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

The Author's Note:º

1 Son of H. D. Clayton, Major-General Confederate States Army.

Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Clayton's birthplace is from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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b Col. Clayton was the oldest graduate of the Military Academy killed in World War I. (Thanks to Steven Maes for the heads‑up.)

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