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John Walter Clous, German army officer. Served as private 9th Infantry, February 2, 1857-November 5, 1860.


Clous, John Walter was born on June 9, 1837 in Württemberg, Germany. Son of John and Fredericka (Dieterle) Clous.


Educated in the higher schools of Germany. Began the study of civil law. Came to the United States, 1855.


Served as private 9th Infantry, February 2, 1857-November 5, 1860. Private and corporation and quartermaster sergeant 6th Infantry, February 9, 1860-November 29, 1862. Second lieutenant to captain 38th Infantry, January 22, 1867.

Transferred to 24th Infantry, November 11, 1869. Major and judge advocate, April 1, 1886. Lieutenant colonel and deputy judge advisory general, February 12, 1892.

Brigadier general United States.V., September 21, 1898. Honorary discharge from vols., March 24, 1899. Colonel and judge advisory, February 2, 1901.

Brigadier general and judge advisory general United States of America, May 22, 1901. Retired at own request after over 40 yrs’. service, May 24, 1901. Twice bvtd. for gallant conduct at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Adjutant general 2d Military District during reconstruction, 1866-1867. Acting aide-de-camp to Major General Sheridan during Indian campaign, 1868-1869. Finished law studies and admitted to bar Supreme Court of the United States Court.

Served on frontier and Indian campaigns, 1868-1886. Commended in War Department orders for gallant conduct in Indian engagement, 1872. Assistant to judge advisory general, 1886-1890.

Professor of law, United States Military Academy, 1890-1895. On staff Major General Merritt to 1898. On staff Major General Miles while in the field during Spanish-American War.

Secretary and counsel of commission for evacuation of Cuba, August 20, 1898-January 10, 1899. On staff Major General Brooke as judge advocate to May 21, 1901. Home: New York, New York.


Served as private 9th Infantry, February 2, 1857-November 5, 1860.


Married Caroline M. Strickle, November 24, 1874.

John Clous

Fredericka (Dieterle) Clous

Caroline M. Strickle