Marion Perry Maus – Brigadier General, United States Army

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mpmaus-photo-10Born at Burnt Hills, Maryland, on August 25, 1850, he graduated from West Point in 1874 and was commissioned in the Infantry and assigned to the Western Frontier during the Indian Wars. He was awarded the Medal of Honor while serving as First Lieutenant, 1st United States Infantry, at the Sierra Madre Mountains, Mexico, in June and July 1886.

He served as Chief of Army Scouts under Colonel Nelson Appleton Miles in the pursuit and capture of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perces Indians in 1877. Promoted to First Lieutenant in September 1879. Ordered to Texas in 1880 and Arizona in 1882. In 1885, as commander of Apache Scouts, took part in the expedition into Mexico in pursuit of Geronimo and for conduct in an attack on the renegade Apache band in the battle with Mexican troops on January 10-11, 1886, won the Medal of Honor, which was officially awarded in November 1894.

Promoted to Captain in November 1890, he saw action against the Sioux Indians in 1890-94, and was aide to Miles during the latter's inspection tour to Europe in 1897 and during the Spanish-American War in 1898. Promoted to Major in June 1899 and a month later was made Inspector General of the Department of California and Columbia.

Advanced to Lieutenant Colonel in June 1902 and during 1902-03 accompanied Miles on a world tour. In January 1904 became Colonel of the 20th U.S. Infantry, which he commanded in the Philippines until 1906 when he returned to California. Was temporarily in command of the Division of the Pacific during the absence of General Frederick Funston and played an important role in maintaining order in San Francisco, California, following the earthquake which devastated that city in April 1906.

Promoted to Brigadier General in 1906, he commanded the Department of Columbia until 1911, when he was given command of a brigade of the 2nd Division in San Antonio, Texas. At his retirement in August 1913, he was commander of a brigade of the 1st Division at Albany, New York.

He died at New Windson, Maryland, on February 9. 1930 and was buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Mattie Lindsay Poor Maus, November 7, 1873-January 18, 1936, is buried with him.

Note: His brother, Louis Mervin Maus, Lietuenant Colonel,Untied States Army, is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, 1st U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Sierra Madre Mountains, Mexico, 11 January 1886. Entered service at: Tennallytown, Montgomery County, Maryland. Birth: Burnt Mills, Maryland. Date of issue: 27 November 1894.


Most distinguished gallantry in action with hostile Apaches led by Geronimo and Natchez.


  • DATE OF DEATH: 01/16/1936
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 01/17/1936

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