Charles Gould Morton
Major General, United States Army
Charles Gould Morton
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.
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, IDA HASTINGS
Posted: 14 December 2004 Updated: 16 January 2005 Updated: 3 September 2005 Updated: 10 December 2007