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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1887

Vol. III

(Born N. C.)

Richmond P. Davis

(Ap'd N. C.)


Born Statesville, NC.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1883, to June 12, 1887, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, June 12, 1887.

Served: in garrison at Jackson Barracks, La., Sep. 29, 1887, to Sep. 26, 1888, — and Ft. Wadsworth, N. Y., to Nov. 30, 1888; under instruction at the Torpedo School, Willet's Point, N. Y., to June 17, 1889; on leave of absence, to July 16, 1889; and in garrison at Ft. Wadsworth, N. Y., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: in garrison at Fort Wadsworth, N. Y. H., to May, 1890; at Fort Schuyler, N. Y., to Aug. 20, 1891; at U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., as Instructor in Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology,

(First Lieut. of Artillery, 2d Artillery, March 23, 1893)

to Aug. 20, 1894; as Assistant Professor in Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology, to Aug. 20, 1897; in garrison at Fort Monroe, Va., to March 13, 1898; on special recruiting duty at Charlotte, N. C., to April 26, 1898; in camp at Fort Caswell, N. C., to Aug. 22, 1898; at U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., as Assistant Professor in Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology, to ––––

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

Military History. — At U. S. Military Academy, West Point, N. Y., as Assistant Professor in Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology, to

(Captain, Artillery Corps, Feb. 2, 1901)

Jan. 1, 1904; at Fort Totten, N. Y., as Instructor, School Submarine Defense; member of Torpedo Board, commanding 54th Company, C. A. C., District Artillery Engineer, to Aug. 22, 1906; at U. S. Military Academy, as Assistant Professor Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology,

(Major, Coast Artillery Corps, Jan. 25, 1907)

to July 1, 1907; at Fort Monroe, Va., as Director, Coast Artillery School, and President, Artillery Board, to –––––.

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

(Richmond Pearson Davis, Born June 23, 1866.)

Military History. —

Major, Artillery Corps, Jan. 25, 1907.

At Fort Monroe, Va., Director, Coast Artillery School and President, Artillery Board, July, 1907, to March, 1911;

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, March 13, 1911)

Galveston, Texas, with 2nd Provisional Regiment Coast Artillery, March to July 2, 1911; at Fort Monroe, instructor, Coast Artillery School, July 10 to Aug. 30, 1911; at Washington, D. C., student officer, Army War College, Sept. 1 to Dec. 27, 1911;

(Detailed on General Staff, Dec. 28, 1911)

at Washington, D. C., in office of Chief of Staff, Dec. 28, 1911, to May 1, 1912, when he was relieved from detail on General Staff; at Fort H. G. Wright, N. Y., commanding post and Artillery District of New London, May 8, 1912, to Oct. 7, 1913;​b at Fort Winfield Scott, Cal., commanding post and Coast Defenses of San Francisco, Oct. 13, 1913, to

(Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, Jan. 24, 1914)

July 2, 1914; at Washington, D. C., in office of Chief of Coast Artillery, July 8, 1914, to Oct. 2, 1916; at Fort Winfield Scott, Cal., commanding post and Coast Defenses of San Francisco, Oct. 9, 1916, to

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

Aug. 25, 1917; at Camp Pike, Ark., commanding 162nd Field Artillery Brigade, Sept. 1, 1917, to June 16, 1918; at Camp Dix, N. J., commanding same Brigade, June 21 to Aug. 26, 1918; en route to France and commanding 162nd Field Artillery Brigade in France, Aug. 27 to Sept. 20, 1918, when he was transferred to command of 151st Field Artillery Brigade; with Brigade to January, 1919; en route to U. S. and on leave of absence to April 4; en route to Philippines to May 14; commanding Coast Defenses of Manila, May 15, 1919, to ––––

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

Military History: —

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

At Manila, P. I., commanding Coast Defenses of Manila, May 15, 1919, to

Returned to Grade of Colonel, Mar. 16, 1920.

1921; at Fort Monroe, Va., Commanding Officer, Coast Artillery Training Center, to 1922;

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Dec. 1, 1922.

at Fort Benning, Ga., to Dec., 1922; at Schofield Barracks, T. H. Hawaiian Coast Artillery District, to about Aug. 1, 1924; at Honolulu, T. H., Hawaiian Coast Artillery District, to about Mar., 1926; at Presidio of San Francisco, Calif., Headquarters 9th Corps Area, to about July, 1927; at Camp Lewis, Wash., to about

Major-General, U. S. A., Oct. 4, 1927.

Oct. 10, 1927; at Atlanta, Ga., Headquarters 4th Corps Area, Oakland City Station, to about Aug. 28, 1929; at Washington, D. C., to Dec. 22, 1929,

Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 22, 1929,
At His Own Request, After Over 40 Years' Service.


Distinguished Service Medal.

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services as acting chief of the 9th Corps Artillery, in which position his direction of Artillery employment and his intelligent comment on its employment by subordinate commanders was conspicuous."

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj.‑Gen., Ret., Dec. 22, 1929.

Civil History: — Vice President, Fenner, Beane and Co., Investments, Washington, D. C.; President, Harriman & Keech, Investments, Washington, D. C., to Sept., 1937.

Died, Sept. 15, 1937, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 71.

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

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

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

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b Though not named, Davis must be the garrison commander arrested by the Navy in the summer of 1913; details are given by Adm. Halsey in his autobiography, Admiral Halsey's Story, pp17‑18.

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