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Col Ezra Bond Fuller

Col Ezra Bond Fuller

Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois, USA
Death 17 Sep 1925 (aged 76)
Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA
Burial Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA
Plot Section A-OFF, site 135
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No. 2479 USMA CLASS OF 1873

Died September 17, 1925, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, aged 77 years.

EZRA BOND FULLER was born at Rockford, Illinois, on October 4, 1848. When less than sixteen years of age he enlisted, in 1864, in the 141st Illinois Infantry, being mustered out at the end of one hundred days, and then enlisted in the 8th Illinois Cavalry in which organization he served till the end of the war and gained the rank of corporal.

The allure of military life had taken hold of this youth of sixteen and he sought an appointment to the United States Military Academy. He was appointed from Illinois and entered on July 1, 1869, graduating with the class of 1873. After graduation Lieutenant Fuller found what his heart yearned for: rugged duty on our Western frontier, days and weeks in the saddle, scouting and campaigning against hostile Indians. After three strenuous years in Texas and New Mexico with the 8th Cavalry, he was transferred to the 7th Cavalry operating in Montana and the Dakotas, too late to take part in Custer's last fight at the Little Big Horn in June, 1876, but in time for the Nez Perce Expedition and other expeditions against the Sioux that followed.

His military record shows eighteen years of frontier service, broken only by four years of duty as Assistant Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy at the Military Academy during the early "eighties."

At the beginning of the Spanish American War, Captain Fuller was on duty at Clemson College, South Carolina, as Professor of Military Science and Tactics. He became chief mustering officer for the State of South Carolina, and later joined his regiment (the 7th Cavalry) in Cuba, for the campaign of Cuban Pacification.

His last service on the active list was at the Maryland Agricultural College, College Park, Maryland, where he had charge of the military instruction. In May, 1904, he was retired for disability in line of duty.

As a retired officer, Colonel Fuller's career of military usefulness was by no means at an end. He served two years with the National Guard of South Carolina immediately following his retirement. In 1906 he was made Librarian at the General Service Schools, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in which capacity he served until 1922. He was elected Secretary and Treasurer of the U. S. Cavalry Association and Editor of the Cavalry Journal, which office he held until the office of the Association was moved to Washington, D. C. He also served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Army Cooperative Fire Association for sixteen years prior to his death.

Outside of his military profession, Colonel Fuller was active in the promotion of the Arts of Freemasonry. He was elected to the supreme honor in Masonry in October, 1915-the 33rd degree Honorary. At the time of his death he was the Grand Commander of the Knights Templar of Kansas.

In March, 1880, he married Georgetta Moore of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, who survives him and makes her home in Leavenworth, Kansas, with two unmarried daughters. His two sons followed in his footsteps and are in the Army, Horace H., Major of Field Artillery and Sam G., Captain of Cavalry, and two daughters are married to officers of the service, Lydia to Major Ernest R. Gentry, Medical Corps, and Georgia to Captain Cyrus J. Wilder, Cavalry; Mary and Lottie, the unmarried daughters, are at home, the latter being secretary and treasurer of the Army Cooperative Fire Association.

To the Army man Colonel Fuller presented a tangible, concrete expression of quiet dignity, unfailing courtesy, genial kindness, and professional ability, and during the later years of his life a distinguished ability in the civil affairs of his country.

The following appreciation is contributed by one of his many friends:

"The recent death of Colonel Ezra B. Fuller, U. S. Army, retired, and a 33rd Degree Mason, marks the passing away of another of the few remaining officers of the 'Old Army', who contributed so greatly to building up the traditional spirit, and ideals that form the backbone of our present military establishment."

J. A. L.

(From the 1929 Annual Report of the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy)

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Colonel of Cavalry Retired

Gravesite Details Son of Samuel C. Fuller (1816-1894) and Susan G. Bond




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