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Corliss, Augustus W. - Maj

Major Augustus W. Corliss

Major Augustus W. Corliss, who was wounded in the engagement before Santiago, reached his present grade in the regular service by promotion from the ranks. He was born in Maine, and appointed a Major in the Rhode Island Cavalry on June 24, 1862. He was honorably mustered out of the services on Oct. 2, and on Dec. 24 of the same year was appointed Major in the Second Rhode Island Cavalry. His appointment as Lieutenant Colonel in the same body was made on Jan. 19, 1863, and he resigned from the volunteer service on July 11, 1863.

After serving as officer of volunteers, he enlisted as a private in Company H of the Thirteenth United States Infantry some time after his resignation, and on March 14, 1865, was made First Sergeant of his company. He was raised to the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Fifteenth Infantry on July 21, 1865, and promoted to a First Lieutenancy on the same day. Lieut. Corliss was transferred in September, 1866, to the Thirty-third Infantry, and went from that organization to the Eighth Infantry on May 3, 1869. He was raised to a Captaincy in the Eighth in May, 1873, and reached the rank of Major of Feb. 4, 1897, when he was transferred to the Seventeenth Infantry. His transfer to his present post as Major of the Seventh Infantry was made on Feb. 23, 1897.

The New York Times, New York, NY 5 Jul 1898, Sketches of the Lives of Some of the Leaders Who Dared the Foe in Cuba and Were Shot Down.

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