Lt. Col. William Findlay Drum, (USA)

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Lt. Col. William Findlay Drum, (USA)

Birthplace: New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death: July 04, 1892 (58)
Fort Yates, Sioux County, ND, United States (Stroke/Apoplexy)
Place of Burial: Arlington, Arlington County, VA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Simon Henry Drum and Elizabeth Drum
Husband of Roxa H Drum
Father of William H. Drum; Simon Herman Drum and Elizabeth Drum
Brother of Agnes D. Drum; Simon Henry Drum; Capt (USA) Andrew Boggs Drum, Sr and Thomas Lang Drum

Occupation: US Army
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About Lt. Col. William Findlay Drum, (USA)

Civil War Union Army Officer. The nephew of Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General Richard Coulter Drum. He enlisted in the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry at the start of the Civil War, being mustered in as a Private in Company F on April 17, 1861. He was honorably mustered out on July 31, 1861, and was commissioned into the Regular Army soon afterwards, being mustered in as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd United States Regular Infantry on August 5, 1861. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant on October 9, 1861 and to Captain on May 1, 1863 he served with his Regular Army unit through most of the war. On April 1, 1865 he was commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel of the 5th New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry, and became Colonel and commander of the unit on May 29, 1865. he was mustered out of the Volunteer service on August 21, 1865.

He remained in the Regular Army for the next 21 years, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel of the 12th Infantry on December 8, 1886.∼Lt. Col, 12th U.S. Inf.

Disinterred Dec 10, 1892.

Army and Navy Journal July 9, 1892 RECENT DEATHS We have this week to chronicle the deaths during the past few days of three distinguished officers of the Army, of high rank, and all on the active list─Col. John Mendenball, 2d U. S. Art.; Col. Greer Bush, 25th U. S, Inf.; and Lieut.-Col. William Findlay Drum, 12th U. S. Inf…Lieut. Col. Drum, 12th Inf., who died at Fort Yates, July 4, entered the Military Academy in 1850, but left before graduation. In June, 1861, he joined a regiment of Ohio volunteers, served in the ranks for a short period, and on Aug. 5, 1861, was appointed a 2d lieutenant of the 2d U. S. infantry, and in May, 1863 had attained the rank of captain. During the war he served in many battles and achieved a high reputation for coolness and gallantry, and received the brevet of major for the campaign of 1864 before Richmond, and of lieut. colonel for his conduct at the battle of Five Forks. In 1882 he was promoted major of the 14th Infantry, and in 1866 lieutenant colonel of the 12th Infantry. Since the war he has filled several responsible staff positions, made an admirable Inspector General, and at the time of his death was in command of Fort Yates, N. D. His death was sudden, and was an unexpected blow to many friends at a distance from his post of duty. He was in his fifty-ninth year. It is peculiar circumstance that Col, Bush, 25th Inf., died on July 4, by reason of which death Lieut. Col. Drum would have attained a colonelcy.

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  • Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Feb 2 2021, 21:08:26 UTC
  • William Findlay Drum of New York
  • Appointed from Minnesota, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 1 July 1850 to 29 May 1851 and from 1 July 1850 to 29 May 1851
  • Private, Company F, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 1 June to 31 July 1861
  • Second Lieutenant, 2nd U. S. Infantry, 5 August 1861
  • First Lieutenant, 9 October 1861
  • Captain, 1 May 1863
  • Lieutenant Colonel, 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, 1 April 1865
  • Colonel, 29 May 1865
  • Honorably mustered out of the volunteer service, 21 August 1865
  • Major, 14th U. S. Infantry, 22 June 1882
  • Lieutenant Colonel, 12th U. S. Infantry, 8 December 1886
  • Breveted Major, 2 December 1864, for gallant and meritorious service in the campaign before Richmond, Virginia
  • Brevetted Lieutenant Colonel, 9 April 1865, for gallant and meritorious service in the battle of Five Forks, Virginia
  • Died 4 July 1892
  • NOTE: Relatives Richard Coulter Drum, Brigadier General, United States Army, and Simon Henry Drum, Captain, United States Army, are buried adjacent to him in Arlington National Cemetery. Also, buried with him is:
  • DATE OF DEATH: 12/12/1926

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Lt. Col. William Findlay Drum, (USA)'s Timeline

November 16, 1833
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Waseca County, MN, United States
Kentucky, United States
July 4, 1892
Age 58
Fort Yates, Sioux County, ND, United States
Arlington, Arlington County, VA, United States