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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1894

Vol. IV

(Born N. Y.)

Thomas W. Connell

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Thomas Walter Connell: Born Jan. 6, 1872, New York, NY.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the U. S. M. A., from Sept. 1, 1889, to June 12, 1894, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

(Second Lieut. of Infantry, 5th Infantry, June 12, 1894)

(Transferred to 9th Infantry, Sept. 18, 1894)

Served: At Madison Barracks, N. Y., Oct. 1, 1894 to April, 1898.

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 9th Infantry, April 26, 1898)

— Served with regiment in Cuba during Santiago campaign. — Aide to Brigadier-General Douglas, U. S. Volunteers, Dec. 8, 1898 to March 14, 1899. — With 7th Army Corps at Savannah, Dec. 8, 1898 to Jan. 3, 1899. — Havana, Cuba, to March 20, 1899. — With regiment in the Philippine Islands, from April 27, 1899 to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: D. S. in Cuba, Dec. 8, 1898 to May 25, 1899; commanding Company G, 9th Infantry, May 31, 1899 to June 28, 1899; with Company C, 9th Infantry, May 26 to 30, 1899; Acting Adjutant, 2d Battalion, 9th Infantry, June 29, 1899 to July 10, 1899; with Company C, 9th Infantry, July 11 to Aug. 2, 1899; Adjutant, 3d Battalion, 9th Infantry, Aug. 3, 1899 to June 2, 1901; Provost Marshal, Concepcion, P. I., Jan., 1900 to June, 1900; Acting Regimental Adjutant, July 14, 1900 to Dec. 19, 1900; Adjutant, Camp Reilly, China, Oct. 21, 1900 to Dec. 19, 1900; on S. D., as Officer in charge of prisoners at Camp Reilly, China, Jan. 22, 1901 to May 22, 1901; D. S. at Tien Tsin, China, March 2 to 9, 1901; S. D., Police Officer on board U. S. A. Transport Indiana, May 25 to June 2, 1901.

(Captain, 9th Infantry, Feb. 2, 1901)

(Unassigned, 9th Infantry, June 2 to Sept. 28, 1901)

 p527  — Commanding Company C, 9th Infantry, June 2 to Sept. 28, 1901.

Killed in Action by Insurgents at Balangiga, Samar, P. I.,​b
Sept. 28, 1901: Aged 29.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1902, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Notes:

a Capt. Connell's full name and birth data are from his AOG obituary.

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b Capt. Connell died in the Balangiga Massacre, as it is usually called in American accounts; in which 48 members of the 74‑man Company were killed in an ambush by leaders of the village it was occupying. Filipino historian Rolando O. Borrinaga lays the blame on Capt. Connell. A thorough account of the attack, what led up to it, and what followed, with photographs, a map, and primary sources, is given at PhilippineAmericanWar.webs.com.

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