Colonel, United States Army
And With Information Provided By Sheila Simpson: April 2007
Charles McClure of Pennsylvania
Colonel McClure was the son-in-law of George
Washington Getty, who is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
His sons, Charles McClure, Jr., First
Lieutenant, United States Army, and Gibson
McClure, Second Lieutenant, United States Army, are also buried with
WASHINGTON, November 26, 1902 - Lieuetnant Colonel Charles McClure, who died here yesterday, will be buried tomorrow with military honors and the interment will be at Arlington. Colonel McClure was a native of Pennsylvania and was appointed to the Army from that State.
He entered the military service in 1862 as
Captain and Commissary and served with the Subsistence Department until
the close of the war of the rebellion. In August 1868 he was appointed
to the Regular Army as Captain and Commissary and after fourteen years'
service with that department was transferred to the Pay Corps with the
rank of Major. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 1901,
and retired in March last, having reached the retirement age.
Colonel Charles McClure, retired, died at Providence Hospital, in this city, Tuesday afternoon, of disease contracted while he was on duty in the Philippines. Colonel McClure had been constantly in the service since April 28, 1862. For conduct during the War of the Rebellion he received four brevets for “faithful and meritorious services.” He received from General M. R. Patrick, commanding First Brigade, First Division, First Army Corps, especial commendation for his services as aid-de-camp in engagements at Beverly Ford, August 21, Warrenton Springs, August 26, Gainsville, August 28, Groveton, August 29 and 30, South Mountain, September 14, and Antietam, September 17, 1862. General Patrick commended him for “coolness, promptitude, gallantry, and good judgment” and recommended him for a brevet.
Subsequent to the war of the rebellion Colonel McClure served in New Mexico and at various stations in the West, and when the Spanish war broke out he was on duty at Chicago, Illinois. He was selected by General Merritt as Chief Paymaster for the command that went to the Philippines, and went there on the staff of General Merritt. He remained on duty in the Philippines until near the end of the year 1899, when he was obliged to return because of failing health. While there his knowledge of the Spanish language, his excellent judgment, and his great energy and capacity rendered his service of especial value. He was retired from active service last February.
Colonel McClure married a daughter of General Getty and is survived by his widow, three sons, and two daughters. His eldest son and namesake died as an officer of the Army in the Island of Samar in the Philippines two years ago.
The Colonel was a man of high character and
general disposition, and made hosts of friends throughout the Army.