Holton, Frederick Duane

Rank: 1st Lieutenant

Unit: 2d Cavalry

Commissioned: United States Military Academy class of 1880 and appointed from Vermont.

Date of birth: 22 April 1858

Hometown: Bennington, Vermont

Campaign: Plains Indian War (post Civil War)

Died: 19 December 1884

Age at death: 31

Cause of death: Bright’s Disease

Location of fatality: Bennington, Vermont while on leave of absence from Whipple Barracks, Arizona Territory.


June 11, 1880 he commissioned as a 2d Lieutenant in the 2d Cavalry and assigned to Company I at Fort Keogh, Montana Territory.

September-October 1880, on detached service with Lieutenant Roe, 2d Cavalry, conducting recruits and horses to Fort Keogh.

May-November 1882, temporarily commanded Company I, 2d Cavalry, Fort Custer, Montana Territory.

May 12-November 1, 1883, on detached service in the field with Troop I.  He was assigned as Acting Regimental Adjutant, Post Adjutant, Post Treasurer, Post Recruiting Officer, and commander of a detachment of Indian scouts.

June 30, 1884, arrived at Fort Walla Walla, Washington Territory.

July 16, 1884, appointed Post Adjutant and Acting Regimental Adjutant, 2d Cavalry.

September 11-30, 1884, served as Post Adjutant.

October 15-30, 1884, absent with leave on a hunting pass.

December 3, 1885, assigned as Post Adjutant, Fort Walla Walla, Washington Territory.

December 12, 1886, promoted to 1st Lieutenant, Troop L, 2d Cavalry

February 3, 1887, transferred from Fort Walla Walla.

February 19, 1887, arrived for duty at Fort Sherman, Idaho Territory, commanding Troop L, 2d Cavalry.

September 11-17, 1887, absent with leave, hunting.

June 10-29 and June 29-July 1, 1888, with field columns from Fort Sherman in a practice march to and summer camp at Cottonwood Creek, Washington Territory, guarding government stores.

July 2-6, 1888, en route to Fort Sherman, Idaho Territory, from Cottonwood Creek, Washington Territory.

October 24-25, 1888, in pursuit of a deserter, Burke, Idaho.

November 17-December 15, 1888, on hunting leave.

September 11-16, 1889, on detached service with a field column from Fort Sherman.

September 17-18, 1889, en route from camp at Pleasant Valley, Washington Territory, to Fort Sherman, Idaho Territory.

October 16, 1889, returned to Fort Walla Walla, Washington Territory, from Fort Sherman, Idaho Territory.

November 1-30, 1889, temporarily commanded Troop B, 2d Cavalry.

May 19, 1890, transferred to the Department of Arizona.

June 9, 1890, arrived at Whipple Barracks, Arizona Territory.

September 8, 1890, transferred to Troop B, 2d Cavalry, Fort Huachuca, Arizona Territory (never arrived) and granted 2 months leave.

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