Born at Chicago, Illinois, April 11, 1847, the son of Colonel John and Jane Josephine (Walker) McClellan. He received his early education in private schools at St. Paul, Detroit, and in Germany. Graduated from West Point in 1867, Army Artillery School in 1888. Married A.R.L. Wuppermann of Hanburg, Germany, 1885 and married a second time to E. A. Halstead of Honolulu, Hawaii Territory, on January 3, 1905.
He was appointed second lieutenant, 5th U.S. Artillery, June 17, 1867, first lieutenant, January 5, 1879, Captain, October 2, 1894, Major (Chief Ordnance Officer Of Volunteers), June 18, 1898, Major, Artillery Corps, February 28, 1901, Lieutenant Colonel, August 11, 1903, Colonel, March 16, 1906 and Brigadier General, USA, June 1, 1906.
He retired at his own request, after more than 40 years of service, June 9, 1909. Served as an officer of the Weather Bureau of the War Department, 1875-1881 He received the thanks of the State Department for “valuable service” in 1883. He was in charge of ordnance depots, VII Army Corps, Jacksonville, Florida, and Havana, Cuba, 1898-99 (Spanish-American War) and served on the staff of General Brooke at Havana.
He died at home in San Diego, California, on November 24, 1928 and was buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery. His second wife, Emily Alice Halstead McClellan (1870-1932) is buried with him.
- BRIG GEN USA RETD
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF DEATH: 11/24/1928
- DATE OF INTERMENT: Unknown
- BURIED AT: SITE 40-B
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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