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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1899

Vol. IV

(Born Ill.)

Wilson B. Burtt

(Ap'd Ill.)


Military History. — Cadet at the U. S. M. A., from June 15, 1895 to Feb. 15, 1899, when he was graduated and promoted in the army to

(Second Lieut. of Infantry, 8th Infantry, Feb. 15, 1899)

Served: With regiment at Havana, Cuba, March 21 to Sept., 1899; with company at Fort Snelling, Min., to Oct. 23, 1899; on sick leave to Jan. 21, 1900; garrison duty at Fort Snelling, Min., to ––––

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

Military History. — Unknown, no information having been received.

(First Lieut., 5th Infantry, Sept. 17, 1900)

(Captain, 18th Infantry, Sept. 11, 1906)

(Transferred to 20th Infantry, Nov. 19, 1908)

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

(Wilson Bryant Burtt, Born Jan. 1, 1875.)

Military History. —

Second Lieut., 8th Infantry, Feb. 15, 1899.

At Fort Snelling, Minn., with company, to Oct. 23, 1899; on sick leave to Jan. 21, 1900; at Fort Snelling to Aug. 15, 1900; en route to Philippines, Aug. 15 to Sept. 17, 1900;

(First Lieut., 5th Infantry, Sept. 17, 1900)

continued on duty with 8th Infantry to Feb. 15, 1901; with 5th Infantry, March 1, 1901, to July 2, 1903; en route to U. S., via Suez, July 2 to Sept. 13, 1903; at Plattsburg Barracks, N. Y., to Aug. 17, 1904; at Kentucky State University, Professor of Military Science and Tactics, Aug. 18, 1904, to

(Captain, 18th Infantry, Sept. 11, 1906)

 p881  Aug. 4, 1907; joined 18th Infantry, Oct. 4, 1907; en route to Philippines, Oct. 5 to Nov. 8, 1907; in Philippines with regiment, to

(Transferred to 20th Infantry, Nov. 19, 1908)

Dec. 15, 1908; at Presidio of Monterey, Cal., with 20th Infantry, Jan. 15 to June 5, 1909; en route to Philippines with regiment to June 5, 1909; in Manila with regiment, to June 20, 1910; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., student officer at Army Service Schools, August, 1910, to June, 1912; (honor graduate, Army School of the Line, 1911; graduate, Army Staff College, 1912); at Fort Douglas, Utah, with regiment, July 1, 1912, to Dec. 1, 1913; at El Paso, Texas, with regiment, to March 22, 1914; at Sacramento, Cal., Inspector-instructor, National Guard of California, and at Monterey, Cal., Commanding Students' Training Camp, to Nov. 13, 1914; en route to Berlin, Germany, to Dec. 20, 1914; at Berlin and at various places in Germany, France, Russia, Belgium and Poland, observer of German Armies in the field, Dec. 21, 1914, to April 7, 1915; en route to U. S. to May 3, 1915; at Army War College, Washington, D. C., for study and report, to May 21, 1915; at Sacramento, Cal., Inspector-instructor, National Guard of California, May 30 to Sept. 14, 1915; at El Paso, Texas, Douglas and Nogales, Arizona, and Columbus, N. M., with regiment, Sept. 27, 1915, to March 11, 1916; at Columbus, N. M., and at Namaquipa, Mexico, Assistant Chief of Staff, Mexican Punitive Expedition, March 12 to July 26, 1916; at Nogales, Arizona, and Sacramento, Cal., commanding

(Colonel of Infantry, National Army, Aug. 3, 1916)

5th Infantry, National Guard of California, in Federal Service, Aug. 3 to Oct. 8, 1916; at Oakland, Cal., commanding 5th Infantry, National Guard of California, and Inspector-instructor, to March 7, 1917; at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., Inspector-instructor and mustering Officer, California National Guard, and Instructor at Officers' Training Camp, March 8 to

(Major of Infantry, May 15, 1917)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Temporary, of Infantry, Aug. 5, 1917)

(Colonel, Temporary, Signal Corps, Aug. 5, 1917)

Sept. 20, 1917; at Washington, D. C., in office of Chief Signal Officer, Sept. 26 to Oct. 25, 1917; en route to France to Nov. 12, 1917; at Chaumont, Tours and Paris, Assistant Chief of Air Service, A. E. F., Nov. 13, 1917, to

(Brigadier-General, National Army, June 26, 1918)

July 7, 1918; at Hdqrs., 5th Army Corps, Vosges Sector, Chief of Staff, participating in St. Mihiel Offensive and in Meuse-Argonne Offensive, to Nov. 21, 1918; at Nogent-en‑Bassigny, France, Chief of Staff, 5th Army Corps, to Feb. 11, 1919; at Chaumont and other parts of France, and in Germany, with army of occupation, on special duty under Chief of Staff, A. E. F., to June 2, 1919; at Treves, Germany, member of Superior Board on Organization and Tactics, June 3 to July 3, 1919; en route to U. S., to July 22, 1919; at Washington, D. C., Instructor, General Staff College, July 23 to

(Returned to Grade of Major of Infantry, Aug. 22, 1919)

Nov. 16, 1919; Member General Staff Corps, Aug. 30, 1919, to Jan. 15, 1920; on leave of absence, Nov. 16, 1919, to Jan. 15, 1920.

Resigned, Jan. 15, 1920.

Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George of England; Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy; awarded Croix de Guerre with Palm.


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. As Chief of staff of the 5th Corps he displayed great tact and judgment in the organization  p882 of that command. He directed with marked ability the staff work of his corps during the St. Mihiel and Argonne-Meuse offensives and was a potent factor in insuring the successes of his organization in that campaign."


Lieut.‑Colonel of Infantry, Nov. 30,º 1920.

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

Military History. —

Distinguished Service Medal

Major of Infantry, May, 1917

Resigned, Jan. 15, 1920.


Lieutenant-Colonel of Infantry, Nov. 27,º 1920,
Act of June 4, 1920.

 p491  At Boston, Mass., Assistant Chief of Staff, General Staff, 1st Corps Area, Jan. 1, 1921, to Aug. 15, 1924; at Washington, D. C., Instructor, Army War College, Aug. 16, 1924, to

Colonel of Infantry, Dec. 29, 1927.

Aug. 15, 1928 at Boston, Mass., on Staff, Commanding General, 1st Corps Area, Aug. 16, 1928, to ––––

Commander of the order of St. Michael and St. George of England; Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy; awarded Croix de Guerre with Palm, and Legion d'Honneur of France.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col. Inf., Dec. 29, 1927.

At Boston, Mass., on Staff, comdg. Gen., 1st C. A., Aug. 16, 1928, to Aug. 15, 1932; at Ft. Leavenworth, Kans., Director and Asst. Comdt., C. & G. S. School, to July 1, 1936; at Ft. Williams, Me., comdg. 5th Inf., and 1st Dist. CCC Camps, to Jan. 15, 1938; on leave to May 31, 1938.

Brig.‑Gen. Ret., May 31, 1938.
At his own request, after over 40 years' service.

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

Military History: —

Brig Gen Ret 31 May 38.

Maj Gen Ret 9 Jul 42

Civil History: — 51 Bailey Rd Watertown 72 Mass

Died, Mar. 21, 1957, Chelsea, MA: Aged 82.​a

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Burtt 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 a placeholder page at the West Point Association of Graduates.

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