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 Charles Gould Morton
Major General, United States Army
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Charles Gould Morton
Major General, US. Army
Born January 15, 1861 in Massachusetts
Died July 18, 1933
Cadet, US. Military Academy 1879-83
Graduated as No. 2988, Class of 1883
2nd Lieutenant 1883
1st Lieutenant 1890
Captain 1897
Lieutenant Colonel (USV) 1898
Major 1902
Lieutenant Colonel 1909
Colonel 1912
Brigadier General 1916
Major General 1917
Served with 6th Infantry Regiment 1883-06
Student, Army War College 1904-05
Commander, Warwick Barracks 1905-06
Inspector General, Philippine Division 1906-07
Inspector General, Department of Colorado 1907-09
Served with 5th Infantry Regiment 1909-10
Inspector General, Department of the Lakes & Central Division 1910-11 
Inspector General, Philippine Division 1911-12 Served with 16th 
Infantry Regiment 1912 Instructor, Massachusetts National Guard 
1912-13 Commanding Officer, 5th Infantry Regiment 1913-16
Commanding Officer, 1st Brigade, 1st Division 1913-14
Commander, US. Troops in Panama 1916
Commanding General, Brownsville District 1917
Commanding General, 10th Division 1916-17
Commanding General, 29th Division 1917-19
Commanding General, Hawaiian Department 1919-21
Served with War Department General Staff 1921-22
Commanding General, IX Corps Area 1922-25
Ret. January 15, 1925
DSM


Charles Gould Morton of Maine
Appointed from Massachusetts, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 1 July 1879 (20)
Second Lieutenant, 6th U. S. Infantry, 13 June 1883
First Lieutenant, 1 February 1890
Captain, 7 August 1897
Lieutenant Colonel, 1 Maine Volunteer Infantry, 14 May 1898
Honorably mustered out of the volunteer service, 30 October 1898
Major, 6th U. S. Infantry, 28 May 1902 

General Morton retired from the Army in 1925. He served in the Philippines in the Spanish-American War and later on the Texas border. Commanding Twenty-Ninth Division, American Expeditionary Forces, France.

His father, Charles Morton, Brigadier General, United States Army, is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.



GENERAL C. G. MORTON DIES OF TETANUS
Veteran of Two Wars Is the Victim of Infection from a Firecracker July 4
Served 42 Years in Army
Led 29th Division at Verdun and Argonne in France
Won Several Decoration

SAN FRANCISCO, July 18, 1933 – After serving for forty-two years in the United States Army, during which time her was under fire in the Spanish-American War and the World War, General Charles G. Morton, 72 years old, former Commandant of the Ninth Corps Area, died here today as the result of a tetanus infection received on July 4 when he was setting off fire crackers for the Independence Day celebration for the small niece of his housekeeper.

General Morton commanded the Ninth Corps Area from 1922 to 1925, when he was retired.  Previously he was in command of the Department of Hawaii.  He led the Twenty-Ninth Division at the Argonne and Verdun during the World War and was decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal, the Croix de Guerre with two palms and was made a Commander of the Legion of Honor.

He was born in Cumberland, Maine in January 1861, and was appointed to West Pont from Massachusetts.  He was graduated in 1883.  His wife survives him.


BEQUEST TO SOLDIERS’ KIN
General C. G. Morton’s Will Leaves Most of $60,000 to Army Relief

SAN FRANCISCO, August 4, 1933 – The will of Major General Charles G. Morton, filed for probate, leaves the bulk of his estate, estimated at more than $50,000, to the Army Relief Society, which provides emergency relief to widows and orphans of regulars.

Part of this bequest is a 19-acre fruit ranch bear San Jose in Santa Clara County, where the General spent much time after his retirement.  This will also directs that several thousand dollars go to the Military Academy at West Point.

General Morton was a widower with no near relatives at the time of his death on July 8 at the Presidio Hospital.  He was a veteran of the Spanish-American and World Wars and a former commander of the Ninth Corps Area here.


MORTON, CHARLES G
MAJOR GENERAL USA
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF DEATH: 07/18/1933
DATE OF INTERMENT: 07/27/1933
BURIED AT: SECTION SOUTH  SITE 1690
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

MORTON, IDA HASTINGS
DATE OF DEATH: 03/01/1921
BURIED AT:   SITE 1690
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
 
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