Charles M. Truitt

Commander 22nd Infantry

7 July 1914 - 27 February 1916

 

 

Charles M. Truitt entered the US Military Academy on July 1, 1875 and graduated on June 13, 1879,
35 out of a class of 67. His best subjects were Tactics and Ordnance/Gunnery, and his worst subjects
were Drawing and Spanish. Upon graduation he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the 21st Infantry.

He was assigned to Company D, and served on frontier duty at Vancouver Barracks, Washington, from
September 30 to October 22, 1879. He was then at Fort Townsend, Washington, until June 26, 1884.
From June 26 to August 6, 1884, he was on duty at Fort D.A. Russell, Wyoming. On August 6, 1884,
he changed duty station to Fort Bridger, Wyoming.

Truitt was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on April 24, 1886.

From July 8 to August 16, 1886, he was at Cheyenne Depot, Wyoming. He was then at Fort Du Chesne, Utah,
until May 27, 1888. (During 1887 he became assigned to Company K.) From May 27, 1888, to June 1, 1892,
he was detailed as an Aide-de-camp on the staff of Brigadier-General John R. Brooke, and served in that capacity
at Omaha, Nebraska. (During those years he was officially assigned to Company B, 1889-1890, and then
to Company I, 1891-1892.)

On June 1, 1892, Truitt joined Company I at Fort Porter, New York, and served there until July 16, 1894, becoming
assigned to Company H in 1893. On July 16, 1894, he was appointed Regimental Adjutant, being stationed at
Fort Niagara, New York, until October 8, 1894, and then at Plattsburg Barracks, New York, until April 19, 1898.

Truitt was promoted to Captain on April 26, 1898.

On May 12, he was offered a position in the Adjutant General's Department, as Assistant Adjutant-General of
Volunteers, which he accepted on May 21, 1898. On May 28 he was relieved of his duty as Regimental Adjutant,
and became the Assistant Adjutant-General of 1st Division, 7th Army Corps, a position he occupied until June 5, 1898.

From June 5 to June 11, 1898, he was the Assistant Adjutant-General of (Snyder's) Provisional Division, 5th Army Corps.
Then he was the Assistant Adjutant-General of 2nd Division, 4th Army Corps, from June 12 to September 19, 1898.
During this period of service in the Volunteers, he was at the camp at Tampa, Florida, from April 19 to August 15, 1898,
and at Huntsville, Alabama, from August 15 to September 9, 1898.

Truitt was honorably discharged from the Volunteers on September 2, 1898, and on September 19, rejoined the
21st Infantry at Plattsburg, New York, where he was given command of Company L. From April 10, 1899,
he was en route to, and in the field in the Philippines Islands.

He was in engagements against Filipino Insurgents on October 3, 20 and 23 and December 24, 1899.

He was transferred to the 28th Infantry on June 10, 1903 and was promoted to Major of the 23rd Infantry
on June 23, 1903. He was with the 23rd Infantry in the Philippines on Mindanao from January 1904, and
commanded a battalion on the Taraca Expedition under Major General Leonard Wood, in April 1904.
(The Taraca Expedition also contained two Battalions of the 22nd Infantry.)

Truitt remained in the Philippines until May, 1905, during which time he participated in various expeditions
against hostile Moros.

 

   

Charles M. Truitt

Seen here as a Major commanding a Battalion
of the 23rd Infantry in the Philippines, 1904.

From a photo on the website:

MOROLAND
The History of Uncle Sam and the Moros
1899-1920

 

 

Truitt was detailed to the Adjutant General's Department on March 12, 1907, and served in Cuba, as
Adjutant General, Army of Cuban Pacification, from April 14, 1907 to January 28, 1909. He then was
on duty at Headquarters, Department of the East, at Governor's Island, New York Harbor,
from February 3, 1909 to March 3, 1911.

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the 29th Infantry on March 3, 1911, and was stationed at Fort Porter,
New York. On May 15, 1911, he became the commander of the post at Fort Porter.

On March 5, 1913 he was promoted to Colonel of Infantry, unassigned to any Regiment. He ended his duty
at Fort Porter on June 4, 1913, and on June 16, 1913, he was at Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California,
commanding Pacific Branch, U.S. Military Prison.

Truitt was assigned to the 22nd Infantry on July 7, 1914, and left San Francisco on August 30, 1914.
He joined the 22nd Infantry at Texas City, Texas, on October 8, 1914. He was on detached service at
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, from January 2 to March 27, 1915. He rejoined the 22nd Infantry at
Camp Harry Jones, Douglas, Arizona, on April 21, 1915, where he remained, until February 20, 1916,
when, at his own request, he was retired from the Army, after over 40 years' service.

Charles M. Truitt died on December 27, 1930.

He is buried at the United States Military Academy Post Cemetery

 

 

 

Charles M. Truitt's decorations

 

 

 

 

CHARLES MARCELLUS TRUITT

NO. 2794 CLASS OF 1879

Died December 27, 1930, at Berkeley, Calif., aged 73 years.

CHARLES MARCELLUS TRUITT, the son of Jabez and Susannah Worley Truitt, was born at Quincy, Kentucky,
May 23, 1857. He was a lineal descendant of Samuel Truitt who came to this country from Oxford, England, in 1750.
His boyhood was spent in Kansas to which state his parents had moved and from which he entered the United States
Military Academy in June, 1875. As a cadet he was noted for his friendly disposition, kindly humor and upright character.

Upon graduation in 1879 he was assigned to the 21st Infantry in which he served as lieutenant and captain until he received
his majority in the 23rd Infantry in June, 1903. When he joined the 21st it was in Washington State, but was transferred to
Wyoming in 1884. While in the latter state Truitt became aide-de-camp on the staff of General Brooke and served as such
for four years. He rejoined his regiment, then stationed in northern New York, in 1892 and was soon appointed regimental adjutant,
which position he resigned in 1898 to become an Assistant Adjutant General in the United States Volunteers. During the
Spanish War he served at Tampa, Florida, and Huntsville, Alabama. Shortly after he returned to his regiment and was
reappointed regimental adjutant, it was sent to the Philippines and was soon engaged in several encounters with the
Filipino insurgents, in which he took part. As major of the 23rd Infantry he was in the Philippines again in 1904 and 1905
and took part in various expeditions against hostile Moros in Mindanao. In 1907 he was detailed as Assistant Adjutant General
and served as Adjutant General of the Army of Pacification in Cuba, and later as Adjutant General of the Department of the East.
He was relieved from this duty in 1911 to become lieutenant colonel of the 29th Infantry. In 1913 he became a colonel
and was in command of the Western Military Prison at Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, until assigned to command
the 22nd Infantry in 1914. With this regiment he served in Texas and Arizona until failing health caused him to ask
for retirement after forty years service. He was retired in February, 1916. During the World War he was again on active duty
as executive officer of Camp Sherman, Alabama. After retirement he made his home at Berkeley, California, where he died
on December 27, 1930.

On February 22, 1889, while stationed at Fort Porter, Buffalo, New York, Colonel Truitt was married to Miss Ivy Mary Love
of that city who survives him.

Charles Truitt's superiors and fellow officers appreciated his ability, sterling character, genial disposition and loyalty,
and his men his sympathy and interest in their welfare. To his Alma Mater and his classmates he was devoted. When in 1929
the survivors of his class decided to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of their graduation at West Point he at once
announced his intention to be present, although far away and in poor health. The journey across the continent proved too much
for his strength and to the sorrow of all present he was obliged to send his regrets from Buffalo before he reached his destination.
His last wish was that he might be laid to rest at West Point among the scenes he so greatly loved.

G. J. F.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIXTY-SECOND ANNUAL REPORT of the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy
at West Point, New York June 10, 193, The Lakeside Press, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, Crawfordsville, Indiana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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