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Col William Ralph Abercrombie

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Col William Ralph Abercrombie

  • Birth 17 Aug 1857 Fort Ripley, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 8 Nov 1943 Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
  • Memorial ID 78604592

Col. Abercrombie served for 33 years in the US Army. He fought in two Indian Wars, then served in the Western United States, including the Territory of Alaska, and also in the Philippine Islands. In 1889, Colonel Abercrombie commanded the Copper River Exploration Expedition operating from Port Valdez, Alaska. He discovered and located an all-American route from Port Valdez to the Tanana River, and was appointed Chief Engineer of the Department of Alaska and the Construction Chief Engineer of the trans-Alaskan military road. In 1908, he again saw service in the Philippine Islands. He was then Commanding Officer of Ft Reno in Oklahoma and later at Ft George Wright in Washington. He retired in 1910. Mt Abercrombie in Stevens County, Washington and Fort Abercrombie, in Kodiak, Alaska are named for him.



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  • Created by: pensjonert
  • Added: 17 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 78604592
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col William Ralph Abercrombie (17 Aug 1857–8 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 78604592, ; Maintained by pensjonert (contributor 45282779) Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.