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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1887

Vol. III

(Born Ill.)

John D. Miley

(Ap'd Ill.)


John David Miley: Born Aug. 19, 1862.​a

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

Add. Second Lieut., 5th Artillery, June 12, 1887.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Schuyler, N. Y., Sep. 30 to Oct. 26, 1887, —

(Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, Oct. 15, 1887)

Ft. Adams, R. I., Oct. 28 to Nov. 18, 1887, — Ft. Columbus, N. Y., to

(Transferred to 5th Artillery, Nov. 12, 1887)

May 5, 1889, — Ft. Schuyler, N. Y., to Aug., 1889, — and Ft. Columbus, N. Y., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Columbus, Governor's Island, N. Y., to May 8, 1890; Ft. Mason, San Francisco Harbor, May 15 to Dec. 5; temporarily at Benicia Barracks, Cal., as Quartermaster and Commissary, Dec. 5, 1890 to April 1, 1891; on regimental recruiting duty in California, April 1 to Aug. 15; on duty with light battery at the Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., Aug. 15, 1891

(First Lieut. of Artillery, 5th Artillery, Feb. 3, 1894)

to Sept. 1, 1894; on duty at Presidio of San Francisco as Ordnance Officer, and in charge of the pneumatic dynamite battery, and mounting high power guns installed in San Francisco Harbor, Sept. 1, 1894 to May 15, 1897. — Aide-de‑camp to Brigadier-General W. R. Shafter, at Headquarters, Department of California, and in the Santiago campaign,

(Transferred to 2d Artillery, May 4, 1898)

May 15, 1897 to July 29, 1898; breveted Captain, U. S. Army, for gallantry in the battle of San Juan. — Member of Commission to negotiate terms of surrender of Santiago; one of three officers who raised  p446 the American flag over Santiago; received surrender of all outlying garrisons in Santiago district, except Guantanamo. — On indefinite leave of absence to accept volunteer commission, July 29, 1898 to Sept., 1899; Recommended to be Brigadier-General of volunteers for his services in the campaign of Santiago de Cuba. — One of the Commission to receive the capitulation of Santiago.

(Major and Asst. Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers, July 12, 1898)

— Served at Headquarters, 5th Army Corps, as member of staff, from July 29 to Sept. 5, 1898. — Acting Inspector-General, 5th Army Corps, Sept. 5 to Sept. 8.

(Lieut.‑Colonel and Inspector-General, U. S. Volunteers, Sept. 8, 1898)

— Inspector-General, 5th Army Corps, until disbandment of Corps, Oct. 12, 1898; Inspector-General, 4th Army Corps, never joined, but detached and assigned as Inspector-General, Department of the East; on duty there from Oct. 24, 1898 to Jan. 6, 1899. — Ordered to Manila, P. I., Jan. 6, 1899; on duty on the staff of General Lawton to Sept., 1899. — Collector of Customs at Manila to Sept., 1899.

Died Sept. 18,​b 1899, in Manila,
of Meningitis, attendant on typhoid fever: Aged 37.

Civil History. — Graduated from Columbia Law School, New York City, June, 1899, with degree of LL. B. — Admitted to the practice of law at the New York Bar, Oct., 1899. — Author of In Cuba with Shafter.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1900, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

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

Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Miley's middle name and birthdate are from his tombstone (q.v.).

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b His tombstone (q.v.) reads Sept. 19.

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