Alvan C. Read
Colonel, United States Army
Chambliss Read was born 11 September 1873 at Valley Farm, Marshall County,
Tennessee. He grew up in Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana State University
in 1892 and earned a Master’s degree from the same school in 1893, while
also teaching there. He then won an appointment to the 1898 class of the
United States Military Academy.
Read was called “Ceedy” as a cadet and was remembered in C Company for always making it to formation just on time.
Read fought at San Juan Hill, winning the Silver Star Citation, but became ill with yellow fever while in Cuba. Recovering from his illness, he rejoined his regiment and fought in the Philippine Insurrection.
Read served as a Professor of Military Science
and Tactics at Louisiana State University and served in the Inspector General
Division as a member of the American Expeditionary Forces, receiving the
Distinguished Service Medal. Read remained at Coblenz as the Inspector
General of the Third Army and then the American forces in Germany until
his death of pneumonia there on 19 January 1920 at age 46.
Information From Lawrence G. Kautz: December 2008
If you are interested, you might add information about Frances Kautz Read to your page for Alvan Chambliss Read. She was the daughter of General August V. Kautz, born 11 April, 1875 at Fort Whipple, Arizona Territory, died 1962. She was the author of several semi-successful stage plays and several books of poetry.
THE UNIVERSAL PLAN—By Frances Kautz Read
We cannot see the Universal Plan
We are not fragments from the ether
What we consider inspiration here
For in our countless lives
READ, ALVAN C
COLONEL INF USA
DATE OF DEATH: 01/19/1920
BURIED AT: SECTION 3 SITE LOT 346
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
READ, FRANCES K WIDOW OF ALVAN CHAMBLISS
Posted: 7 September 2006 Updated: 10 December 2008