James Alfred Moss
Colonel, United States Army
James A. Moss was born on 12 May 1872. He wrote the Officer's Manual,
and Origin and Significance of Military Customs.
Colonel Moss died on 23 April 1941 and was
buried with full military honors in Section 1, Grave 1266, Arlington National
James A. Moss was last man in the Class of 1894 and won the Silver Star in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
James A. Moss, Memories of the Campaign of Santiago (Mysell-Rollins Co., 1899).
Courtesy of Michael T. Stein:
Colonel James Alfred Moss
Cadet U. S. Military Academy 1890-94
General Nelson A. Miles, born in Westminster, Mass.achusetts, began advocating for bicycle couriers in the Army after seeing a six-day bicycle race in Madison Square Garden in New York in 1891. He wrote that unlike a horse, a bike did not need to be fed and watered and rested, and would be less likely to collapse. Furthermore, a bike is smaller and quieter than a horse and thus could help a soldier sneak up on the enemy, he argued. It was Gen. Miles, who became known as "the patron of military cycling," who approved Lt. James A. Moss' request from Missoula to form the bicycle corps. The 25th Infantry Regiment was made up of black men, known as buffalo soldiers, commanded by white officers. Its Bicycle Corps began with eight riders using one-speed Spalding bicycles on loan from the manufacturer in Chicago.
MOSS, JAMES A
COL USA RET LA
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF DEATH: 04/23/1941
DATE OF INTERMENT: 04/26/1941
BURIED AT: SECTION WEST SITE 1266
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Photo Courtesy of Ron Williams
Posted: 23 December 2001 Updated: 2 January 2002 Updated: 15 July 2003 Updated: 3 October 2004
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003