Augustus Canfield Macomb
Colonel, United States Army
A. C. Macomb
Retired Army Officer Dies At
Age Of 77 In Washington
Washington, January 2, 1932
Colonel Augustus C. Macomb, U.S.A., retired, died at his home here today at the age of 77. Born in Michigan on October 17, 1854, he was appointed a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in 1878, and transferred to the Cavalry the next year. He reached the grade of Colonel in 1914 and retired for age in 1918.
During the war with Spain he served in the Porto Rican campaign as a Captain in the Fifth Cavalry. He received a Silver Star citation for gallantry in action near Hormiguaro, P. R. on August 10, 1898. He was recalled to active service in the World War. He was a graduate of the Army War College. A widow survives.
Augustus Canfield Macomb (17 October 1854-1932), Colonel, United States Army. Born at Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of John Navarre Macomb and Anne Minerva Rodgers Macomb.
Ella Chelle McKelden Macomb (1857-1946), wife of Augustus Canfield Macomb. Both are buried in Section 1, Grave 1270, of Arlington National Cemetery.
Their son, Alexander
Macomb, Captain, United States Navy (4 February 1888-3 March 1970)
and his wife, Edna Wilson Macomb (died 3 August 1984), are also buried
in his gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery.
Colonel Augustus Canfield Macomb
Cadet U.S. Naval Academy 1872-76
Participated in Crow Indian Campaign 1878
Augustus Canfield Macomb of Michigan
Appointed from Pennsylvania, Cadet, United States Naval Academy, 25 September 1872 to 23 June 1876
Appointed Second Lieutenant, 4th United States Infnatry, 23 January1878
Transferred to the 5th United States Cavalry, 3 June 1879
Promoted to First Lieutenant, 11 March 1887
Promoted to Captain, 2 June 1897
Crook House, Fort Huachuca. Constructed in 1884, it is now named for General George Crook, the Indian Wars leader and one time commander of the Department of Arizona, who played the key role in subduing Arizona’s Apaches. Known occupants of this home were Captain Augustus C. Macomb who commanded Troop A, 5th Cavalry, and who was post commander from July 1900 to March 1901.
It was the last large-scale maneuver of the horse cavalry. Alexander Macomb, son of Captain Augustus C. Macomb, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, January 1902, rode a horse named Billy. The boy would become a U.S. Navy Captain and retire in 1932.
MACOMB, ELLA C
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Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003