Captain, United States Army
the battle of Santiago, Captain Michie led a patrol along San Juan River.
He had organized his men for an assault on a hill when he was killed by
a Spanish bullet on July 1, 1898. Michie was 28 years old at the time of
his death, but he has never been forgotten for his efforts in establishing
football at West Point.
The first Army-Navy game was played in 1890
at the instigation of West Point Cadet Dennis Michie ('92). It seems that
West Point had never fielded a football team before, but Cadet Michie was
sure that if Navy challenged Army to a game, the Military Academy would
come up with a team. So Cadet Michie got some friends at the Naval Academy
to issue the challenge, and a
Michie, who was born at West Point and whose name now graces the football stadium there, died less than two months later. On July 1, 1898, Captain Michie, commanding the 16th and 6th Infantry regiments, was killed in the battle for Santiago on Cuba.
Interestingly, after graduating from West Point,
Michie initially served with the 17th U.S. Infantry Regiment, veterans
of which founded the VFW forerunner group in Columbus, Ohio in 1899.
Posted: 11 March 2000