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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1888

Vol. III

(Born Ga.)

Peter C. Harris​a

(Ap'd Ga.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 15, 1884, to June 11, 1888, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 13th Infantry, June 11, 1888.

Served: on delay, Sep. 30 to Nov. 28, 1888; and on frontier duty at Ft. Sill, I. T., to June 13, 1889, — and Camp Wade, I. T., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Camp Wade, I. T., to Feb. 18, 1890; at Fort Sill, Okla., to May 16, 1893, and at Antlers, I. T., to Aug. 29, 1893. — Under instruction at the Infantry and Cavalry School, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Sept. 1, 1893 to June 23, 1895 (Honor Graduate, 1895), and May

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 13th Infantry, July 5, 1895)

to Sept. 1, 1895. — Garrison duty at Fort Porter, N. Y., to March 31, 1896; (Regimental Quartermaster, March 31, 1896 to March 16, 1899); at Fort Niagara, N. Y., to Sept. 15, 1897; at Fort Porter, N. Y., to April 19, 1898; with regiment at Tampa, Fla., to June 14, 1898. — In the campaign against Santiago de Cuba to July 8, 1898, being engaged in the battle of San Juan, July 1‑3, and in the siege of Santiago to July 8, 1898, when taken sick with yellow fever; absent sick to Aug., 1898. — With regiment at Camp Wikoff, N. Y., to Sept., 1898; at Fort Porter, N. Y.,

(Captain of Infantry, 9th Infantry, March 16, 1899)

to April 20, 1899. — En route to and in Philippines (Regimental Quartermaster, Sept. 6, 1899 to –––––) to April 1, 1900. — En route to U. S. to April 26, 1900; on recruiting service at Buffalo, N. Y., May 3, 1900, to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: As representative of War Department, Board of Management, U. S. Government Exhibit, Pan‑American Exposition, Buffalo, N. Y., May 3, 1900 to April 30, 1902; at Madison Barracks, N. Y., to July 5, 1902; at Fort Niagara, N. Y., commanding Company C, 9th Infantry, to Jan. 7, 1904; (inspecting National Guard of New York, May 3 to 20, 1903); at Allegheny Arsenal, Pa., commanding company and post, to April 24, 1905; (inspecting National Guard in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Feb. 9, 1904 to May 10, 1904, and West Virginia University, May 26, 1904; Assistant to Adjutant-General, 1st Provisional Division, Manassas Maneuvers, Aug. 26, 1904 to Sept. 13, 1904); en route to station in Philippine Islands, to June 12, 1905; at Camp Wilhelm, P. I., commanding company, to April 9, 1907; (on leave in Japan and China, April 16, 1906 to July 15, 1906; commanding post and 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry, July 25, 1906 to April 9, 1907.)

(General Staff Corps, March 28, 1907)

— En route to station in U. S., to May 21, 1907; member Army War College Committee, War Department, General Staff, Washington, D. C., to –––––; (inspecting military departments of civil educational institutions, April 1, 1908 to May 28, 1908, and April 1, 1909 to May 25, 1909.)

(Transferred to 16th Infantry, April 13, 1908)

(Transferred to 24th Infantry, Aug. 12, 1908)

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

(Peter Charles Harris, Born Nov. 10, 1865.)

Military History. —

Captain, 9th Infantry, March 16, 1899.

At Washington, D. C., member War College Committee, War Department, General Staff, May 21, 1907, to

(Transferred to 16th Infantry, April 13, 1908)

(Transferred to 24th Infantry, Aug. 12, 1908)

(Major, 5th Infantry, March 3, 1911)

March 27, 1911; at Army War College, March 28 to June 14, 1911; at Plattsburg Bks., N. Y., commanding Battalion, June 25, 1911, to

(Transferred to 13th Infantry, Sept. 17, 1912)

Sept. 19, 1912; on leave of absence, Oct. 2 to 28, 1912; en route to Philippines, Nov. 5 to Dec. 1, 1912; at Cuartel de España, Manila, commanding Battalion, Dec. 1, 1912, to Nov. 5, 1913; at Fort William McKinley, P. I., to March 15, 1914; en route to U. S., on leave of absence, and return to Philippines, March 15 to Aug. 5, 1914;

(Detailed in Adjutant General's Dept., Sept. 1, 1914)

in office of Adjutant, Philippine Department, Aug. 10 to Sept. 10, 1914; at Fort William McKinley, P. I., Post Adjutant and Administrative Officer, to Oct. 1, 1915; en route to U. S., Oct. 15 to Nov. 14, 1915; at Albany, N. Y., Adjutant, 1st Brigade, to May 19, 1916; at Washington, D. C., in office of The Adjutant General to

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Infantry, July 1, 1916)

(Colonel of Infantry, May 15, 1917)

(Brigadier-General, National Army, Dec. 17, 1917)

Aug. 31, 1918; (acting The Adjutant General, Aug. 19 to 31, 1918);

(Major-General, The Adjutant General, U. S. A., Sept. 1, 1918)

on duty as The Adjutant General, U. S. Army, from Sept. 1, 1918;


Distinguished Service Medal.

Feb. 13, 1919

"For exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous service. During his service in the Adjutant General's Department, his zeal, energy and judgment have been made manifest by the reforms accomplished in record keeping systems in the War Department and in the Army."

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal.

Major-General, The Adjutant General, U. S. A., Sept. 1, 1918.

At Washington, D. C., on duty as The Adjutant General, U. S. A., Sept. 1, 1918, to Apr. 7, 1922; on leave of absence to Aug. 31, 1922.

Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, Aug. 31, 1922,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Commander of the Legion of Honor, French; Commander of the Order of the Crown, Italian.

Civil History: — National Director of Education of War Orphans for The American Legion Jan. 18, 1928, to ––––

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj.‑Gen., Ret., Aug. 31, 1922.

Civil History: — National Director of Education of War Orphans for The American Legion Jan. 18, 1928, to ––––

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Maj Gen Ret 31 Aug 22

Civil History: — National Director of Education of War Orphans for The American Legion, 18 Jan 28‑[image ALT: a blank space]. The Highlands, 1914 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington 9 DC

Died, Mar. 18, 1951, at Washington, DC: Aged 85.​b

Buried, Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ.

Thayer's Notes:

a He was the father of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Charles D. Harris, Class of 1918.

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b Gen. Harris died after the publication of Vol. IX (1950), the most recent volume of the Supplements to Cullum's Register available to me, which may also be the most recent volume in the public domain. The date and place of his death are from his tombstone, q.v.

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