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Samuel Marmaduke Whitside
Brig. Gen. S. M. Whitside at Santiago de Cuba, 10 Jun 1901, while serving as Commanding General of the District of Santiago
|Born||January 9, 1839|
Toronto, British Canada
|Died||December 15, 1904 (aged 65)|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Years of service||1858–1902|
|Commands held||B Co, 6th Cav Regt|
Camp Livingston, Texas
Camp Huachuca, Arizona
3d & 2d Bns, 7th Cav Regt
Provisional Brigade Commander which included the 5th Cav Regt and 10th Cav Regt
10th Cav Regt
Depts of Eastern Cuba and Santiago & Puerto Prinicipe Cuba
Dist of Santiago
|Battles/wars||American Civil War
|Spouse(s)||Carrie P. McGavock|
|Relations||Col. Warren Whitside (son) |
Lt. Col. Archie Miller (son-in-law)
Samuel M. Whitside was a United States Cavalry officer who served from 1858 to 1902. He commanded at every level from company to department for 32 of his 43 years in service, including Army posts such a Camp Huachuca, Jefferson Barracks, and Fort Sam Houston, the Departments of Eastern Cuba and Santiago and Puerto Principe, Cuba, commanded a provisional cavalry brigade (consisting of the 10th and 5th Cavalry Regiments), a squadron in the 7th Cavalry Regiment, and a troop and platoon in the 6th Cavalry Regiment. The pinnacle of his career was serving as the commanding general of the Department of Eastern Cuba before retiring in June 1902 as a brigadier general in the U.S. Army.
Most history books record three events during his career: the founding of Fort Huachuca, Arizona, the massacre at Wounded Knee, and his continued role as a battalion commander during the Pine Ridge Campaign of 1890–91. These events are arguably the most noteworthy in Whitside's four decades in the U.S. cavalry.
He enlisted into the General Mounted Service in 1858 and served for three years at Carlisle Barracks, PA where he was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Whitside was assigned on July 27, 1861 to the 3rd Cavalry to fill a vacant noncommissioned officer position, and on August 1, he was promoted to sergeant major of the regiment. On August 3, Congress redesignated the 3d Cavalry as the 6th Cavalry Regiment.
On November 1, three sergeants were offered commissions; among these was Sergeant Major Samuel M. Whitside. He accepted his appointment as a second lieutenant in the 6th U.S. Cavalry on November 4, 1861 and assumed the duties of a junior officer in Company K. His commander was Captain Charles R. Lowell.
Lieutenant Whitside served with his company in the 6th Cavalry during the Peninsular Campaign of 1862 where he participated in the following battles: Williamsburg – May 5, Slatersville – May 7, New Bridge – May 20, Ellison's Mills – May 23, Hanover Court House – 27 to May 29, Black Creek – June 26, and Malvern Hill – August 5,.
Whitside next served as an aide-de-camp on the staff of Major General Nathaniel Banks, and participated in the Siege of Port Hudson in Louisiana in 1863. However, Whitside suffered from a number of ailments—including smallpox—and was severely injured at the Battle of Culpeper Court House. After briefly serving as an aide to generals John H. Martindale and Alfred Pleasonton, he spent the remainder of the Civil War on recruiting duty in Rhode Island and mustering duty in West Virginia. He later received brevet promotions to captain and major for faithful and meritorious service.
After the war, Whitside became a First Class Companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States—a military society of Union officers and their descendants.
Whitside served for the next 20 years with the 6th Cavalry commanding B Company at various posts throughout the West.
- Camp McDowell, A.T.
- Fort Lowell, A.T.
- Camp Huachuca, A.T. – Founded post in March 1877 and served as first post commander until March 1881.
- Fort Thomas, A.T.
- Washington, D.C., Rochester, NY, and Chicago, IL – recruiting service from 1882 to 1883
- Fort Apache, A.T.
- Fort Lewis, CO
After eighteen years as a captain and almost twenty-four years with the 6th Cavalry Regiment, Whitside was transferred to the 7th Cavalry Regiment in 1885 and promoted to major. The 7th was then serving in the Dakota Territory at various posts, including Fort Meade. In 1887 the regiment moved to Fort Riley, Kansas, and a more settled lifestyle. During the previous twenty-two years of service on the frontier, Whitside married and had seven children, four of which died in childhood, and served at over twenty posts, spending an average of ten months at any one location.
|1 Nov 1861||K Co., 6th Cavalry Regiment||Regular Army|
|25 Jan 1864||A Co., 6th Cavalry Regiment||Regular Army|
|20 Oct 1866||B Co., 6th Cavalry Regiment||Regular Army|
|20 Mar 1885||7th Cavalry Regiment||Regular Army|
|17 Jul 1895||3rd Cavalry Regiment||Regular Army|
|16 Oct 1898||10th Cavalry Regiment||Regular Army|
|3 Jan 1901||Volunteers|
|29 May 1902||Regular Army|
Whitside was married to Caroline P. McGavock of Nashville, Tennessee, for thirty-six years. Of their seven children, three survived to adulthood. Their eldest surviving son, Warren Whitside, became a Colonel in the Army Quartermaster Corps and his son, Warren, Jr.; served in the U.S. Navy as a Captain. Samuel and Caroline's daughter, Madeline, married 1st Lt. Archie Miller, a cavalry officer and eventual Medal of Honor recipient. Their daughter, Caroline, would marry Robert Whitney Burns, a future army lieutenant general. Their youngest child, Victor, became a Major in the Army and commanded an infantry battalion during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive before dying in Germany of pneumonia at the end of World War I.
- Adjutant General's Office, "Statement of Service," (on file at the Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, Pension Application # 819.916, Certificate # 587.095, "Whitside Box").
- Russell, Major Samuel L., "Selfless Service: The Cavalry Career of Brigadier General Samuel M. Whitside from 1858 to 1902." MMAS Thesis, Fort Leavenworth: U.S. Command and General Staff College, 2002.
- Defense Supply Association, The Quartermaster Review, March–April 1934 issue, pages 53 and 73.
- New York Times, May 7, May 20 and August 9, 1862
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- Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "," https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/bma19 (accessed June 23, 2010).
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- Fort Huachua Scout, Vol. 2, No. 17 First White Woman to Live Here Was Wife of Capt. Samuel Whitside, 6 Oct 1955, Fort Huachuca, Arizona
- Colonel Warren Webster Whitside Ancestry.com Military Pages
- Arlington National Cemetery Website, Archie Miller.
- Arlington National Cemetery Website, Robert Whitney Burns.
- Major Victor McDowell WHITSIDE Ancestry.com Military Pages
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- Scott, Brigadier General E. D. "Wounded Knee: A Look at the Record." Cavalry Journal, 48 (January–February 1939).
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