His private memorial in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery reads:
Captain – 17th United States Infantry
Born at Amherst, Massachusetts, April 3, 1856.
Fell At El Caney, July 1, 1898.
Walter Mason Dickinson of Massachusetts
Appointed from Massachusetts, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 14 June 1876 (27)
Second Lieutenant, 4th U. S. Cavalry, 12 June 1880
First Lieutenant, 1 September 1886
Transferred to 17th U. S. Infantry, 4 November 1891
Captain 26 April 1898
Died 2 July 1898 of wounds received 1 July 1898 at El Caney, Cuba
July 6, 1898
First Lieutenant Walter M. Dickinson, killed in Friday's engagement, was born in Massachusetts and was appointed from that State to theMilitary Academy on June14, 1876. Upon graduation he was promoted to be Second Lieutenant in the Fourth Cavalry. His first service was performed on frontier duty at Fort Sill, Indian Territory, and in the field. On December3, 1881, he was transferred with his regiment to FortCummings, NewMexico, and was again in the field, being engaged with hostileIndians at Horseshoe Canyon April 23, 1882. He served during the next three years at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and in the Oklahoma country. He was advanced to the rank of First Lieutenant September 1, 1886,and on November 4, 1891 wastransferred to the Seventeenth Infanry. With Company K of that regiment he took part in the advance on Santiago. Lieuenant Dickinson wasa graduate of the Infantry and Cavalry School of the class of '85.
DICKINSON, WALTER M
- CAPT 17TH US INF
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF DEATH: 07/02/1898
- DATE OF INTERMENT: Unknown
- BURIED AT: SECTION OS SITE LOT 284
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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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