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    1870 West Point Military Academy Yearbook. United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, class of 1870 album. (Spectemur Agendo '70). This Academy photo album contains 136 tipped-in albumen photographs, including 14 of the administration and professors, 70 cadets, and 52 various views including summer camp scenes, interiors, parades, formations, buildings, and bugler cadet Betz. Photographs measure 8.5"x5.5", cadets 4"x 5" mounted on 12.5"x 10" pages.

    Cadet photographs include: four Medal of Honor winners, three in Indian Wars action, one killed in Indian Wars, one killed at Custer's Little Bighorn (Winfield S. Edgerly).

    Winfield Scott Edgerly (1846-1927) was born in New Hampshire in 1846. He was admitted to West Point, graduating in 1870. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, and assigned to Company "D" of 7th Cavalry, and joined the regiment at Fort Riley, Kansas. He was with the 7th Cavalry at Little Bighorn, assigned to Weir's Company "D". He was with Benteen's command when the fight broke out, and survived the Hilltop fight.

    John Brown Kerr. Medal of Honor recipient for "White Rivers" Indian Wars, South Dakota, 1891. On January 3, 1885, he was appointed captain in the Sixth Infantry, and has since been chiefly engaged in scouting. Captain Kerr ranks twelfth in the list of Cavalry Captains and has been awarded a Medal of Honor for distinguished bravery in command of his troop in action against hostile Sioux Indians on the north bank of the White River, near the mouth of Little Grass Creek, South Dakota, on January 1, 1891.

    William Edward Birkhimer. Medal of Honor recipient for "Philippines Insurrection", 1899. William Edward Birkhimer was a United States Army brigadier general and lawyer awarded the Medal of Honor while a Captain during the Philippine-American War. His career was long and varied, as he started as an Iowa private in the Union Army during the Civil War.

    Robert G. Carter. Medal of Honor recipient at "Indian Wars Texas", 1871. On January 23, 1900, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his action in the Brazos River campaign in October 1871.

    Edward John McClernand. Medal of Honor recipient at the "Bear Paw Mountain", Montana Indian Wars 1877. Breveted First Lieutenant, February 27, 1890 for gallantry in the pursuit of Indians and in action against them in the Bear Paw Mountains, Montana, September 30, 1877. Awarded the Medal of Honor November 27, 1894 for most distinguished gallantry in action against hostile Nez Perce Indians at Bear Paw Mountain, Montana.

    Robert Weir. Killed in Action against Ute Indians, Oct. 1879. Son of West Point Instructor Robert Weir, joined the 5th Artillery. He transferred to the Ordnance Dept. in 1874, and promoted to 1st Lt. Weir was killed in action with Ute Indians near the White River Agency.

    Condition: Very good-fine, cover and spine exhibit damage and separation with some loss. Interior photographs in good condition, some have light contrast, light foxing, last 22 pages have insect or worm holes. 47 pages with no holes. None of the pages showing cadets have suffered worm holes.


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