Morris Cooper Foote’s Forrest Gump-like military service post-1865

Foote’s Forrest Gump-like ‘luck’ continued throughout his post-Civil War military career. Among his military exploits from 1866-1903 include:
  • Commanded a Company (2nd Lieut.) in the 9th U.S. Infantry in 1867 when the United States received the territory from Alaska.
  • Present when the Russian flag was taken down on October 18, 1867 at Sitka, Alaska.
  • Adjutant under Col. Richard L. Dodge during the 1875 Black Hills Expedition.
  • In charge as an Indian agent at the Brule Sioux Indian Agency in 1876; taking the Sioux Indian census in September of that year.
  • Made Captain 26 January 1883.
  • Attended in person the March 25-27th 1886 surrender of the famed Apache Chief Geronimo.
  • Commanded a regiment in the 9th U.S. Infantry when the Spanish-American War broke out in 1898; serving in Cuba and involved in the famed charge of San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt.
  • Present at the surrender of the Battle of Santiago in July 1898.
  • Made Major, 21st U.S. Infantry, 11 August 1898.
  • Goes to Philippines and to China with Regiment.
  • Participated in the Battle of Tien-Tsin July 13-14, 1900 in China; part of the historic Boxer Rebellion (Nov 1899 – Sept 1901).
  • U.S. representative in the October 1900 International Provisional Government  at Tien-Tsin.
  • Made Lieut-Col. 2 February 1901.
  • Returned to the Philippines in May 1901, serving at Basey, Samar for several months. Later served in Cavite Province near Manila, and also on the island of Mindanao.
  • Appointed Colonel of the 28th U.S. Infantry, April 15, 1902.
  • Appointed Brigadier General February 18, 1903 and retired the next day, returning from the Philippines in April 1903.
  • Buried in Arlington National Cemetery, December 1905.

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