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Wilder Stevens Metcalf

  • Birth 10 Sep 1855 Milo, Piscataquis County, Maine, USA
  • Death 5 Feb 1935 Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA
  • Plot Section 19
  • Memorial ID 12044

United States Army Brigadier Brevet General. Born in Maine, he grew up in Ohio, and served on the Ohio National Guard before moving to Kansas. There he pursued business interests, and enlisted in the Kansas National Guard as a Private. He would eventually rise to Colonel and commander of the 1st Kansas National Guard regiment. When the Spanish-American War began, he was commissioned as Major of the 20th Kansas Volunteer Infantry, a volunteer force commanded by Colonel Frederick Funston. Sent to the Philippines, he was promoted to Colonel and assumed command of the unit when Colonel Funston was promoted to Brigadier General. He led the 20th Kansas Infantry though the 1899-1902 Philippine Insurrection, where it played a key part in eventually victory over and subduing of the Filipino Nationalist Movement in the country. Colonel Metcalf was wounded twice in the conflict. For his services he was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers, becoming the very last United States Army officer to receive an honorary "brevet" promotion to General, as the practice was discontinued soon afterwards in favor of the awarding of medals for outstanding service. After his return to Kansas he continued serving in the Kansas National Guard, became a United States Pension Agent, and led the 1st Kansas regiment on the Mexican Border in 1916.

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  • Added: 31 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12044
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wilder Stevens Metcalf (10 Sep 1855–5 Feb 1935), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12044, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .