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William Fletcher Spurgin, American army officer.


Spurgin, William Fletcher was born on October 18, 1838 in Carlisle, Kentucky, United States. Son of David McKendree and Amanda (Secrest) Spurgin.


Educated in Kentucky and Asbury (now DePauw) University, to junior year. Studied West Point, July 1, 1858, to March 12, 1861 (A.M., DePauw).


December 31, 1861, Martha L. Hair. In Civil war served First lieutenant, and adjunct 54th Indiana vols., June 10, 1862, to September 26, 1862. Captain 15th United States colored infantry, 9th, April 1864, 100th United States colored infantry, June 9, 1864.

Honorary mustered out December 26, 1864. Bvtd. major vols. for special gallantry at Johnsonville, Tennessee, November 1864, and Nashville, Tennessee, December 16, 1864. First lieutenant 38th United States infantry, July 28, 1866.

Captain 21st infantry, June 2, 1876. Major 23d infantry, December 2, 1897. Lieutenant colonel 16th infantry, May 4, 1899.

Colonel 4th infantry, March 1, 1901. Brigadier general, May 16, 1902. Retired at own request, after 40 years service, May 29, 1902.

Took part in Nez Perce campaign, 1877, Bannock campaign, 1878. United States Military Academy, September 2, 1881, to May 15, 1899. Collector customs Philippine Islands, September 1899, to October 1900.

Commanded department Texas, April 3, 1902, to retirement.


Married Martha L. Hair.

David McKendree Spurgin

Amanda (Secrest) Spurgin

Martha L. Hair.