#2. Colonel Edward M. Offley Collection; Appointment To Sergeant. SOLD

Included is a large photo of 1st Cavalry officers, Colonel Arnold seated at center.


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Having had an incredible amount of material belonging to career cavalry officer, Colonel Edward M. Offley, we tried to keep the collection intact for years now, but sadly I must break up the collection in the attempt to move it along. There will be single and small lots, as well as larger groups with combinations of uniforms, insignia, photo and or paper, etc.  All lots offered will be titled, “Colonel Edward M. Offley Collection.

This lot consists of Offley’s first appointment to sergeant, dated May 2, 1900, at Fort Meade, South Dakota. It is signed by his commanding officer, Colonel Abraham Kerns Arnold, 1st U.S. Cavalry, and his troop commander Peter Edward Traub, 1st Lieutenant and Squadron Adjutant.  The condition of the document is fine.  Along with this appointment is a large photograph of officers of the 1st Cavalry, with Colonel Arnold seated at the center of the portrait.  This photo must have been obtained by Offley about the time of his commission, wanting this image as a keepsake,  He is not in the photo however.  The image is Circa 1901-2.  Condition of the image is very good with a tear into the image from the left side, the mount is rough with heavy chipping on the corners, folds and repair on the back.  If reframed, will look fine, with most of the problem being the mount itself.


Colonel Edward Murray Offley’s career began in 1899 to his retirement in at Fort Myer, Va in October, 1937 after 38 years of active service, most of that being in the cavalry.  He served in several regiment through the years, at many army posts in the southwest, west, Panama, etc.; he saw service in the Philippines with the 1st Cavalry.  During WWI, he was given the assignment to raise, train and command the 308th Gun Battalion, 78th Division in the AEF, where he received the Purple Heart, being wounded at Boise De Loge on 14, Oct., 1918, while serving with the British 2nd Army in the Hazebrouck Sector on the Western Front.  His last assignment was with 2nd Cavalry at Fort Myer, Va.

Brigadier General Abraham Kerns Arnold; USMA Class of 1854, born in 1837 in Bedford, Pa.  Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1859 and assigned to the 2nd U.S. Cavalry; several  brevet promotions during the Civil War, and awarded the Medal of Honor “for gallant charge against a superior force of the enemy, extricating his command from a perilous position in which it had been ordered.” Date of award Sept. 1893, for action at Davenport Bridge, North Anna River, Va.  as captain in command of the 5th Cavalry Regiment at that time. He served in several engagements against Indians on the frontier; commissioned Brig. Gen. of Volunteers in 1898 during the Spanish American War, and commanded the 2nd Division, 7th Army Corps in Cuba.  His last real command was colonel of the 1st U.S. Cavalry; he died in 1901.

Peter Edward Traub: USMA Class of 1882, born in New York.  Commissioned 2nd Lt. 1st U.S. Cavalry, July 1886, Captain 5th Cavalry December 1892, shortly after transferred back to the 1st Cav.  Promoted major, 7th Cavalry Oct. 1911 and service in the Philippines.  Colonel and Assistant Chief Philippine Constabulary, Oct 1914; Promoted to Brig. Gen. National Army Aug 5, 1917; assumed command of the 51st Infantry Brigade, 26th Division in France; Major General commanding 41st Division; Awarded the French Legion of Honor, and Croix de Guerre with palm. I found little date after WWI.  He died in 1941.

Fort Meade was established on August 31, 1878, just outside of the eastern foot- hill of the Black Hills, near Bear Butte, and Rapid City. It was the home of Comanche, Captain Miles Keogh’s (Custer’s 7th Cavalry) horse that came to Fort Meade when the 7th Cavalry garrisoned the post in 1879, remaining here all the while living like a prince until 1888 and then moved to Fort Riley, Kansas.

In 1892, the commanding officer of the post, Colonel Caleb H. Carlton, 8th U.S. Cavalry began the tradition of playing the Star Spangled Banner for the official music for military retreat ceremony and other occasions many years, and considered the first place our Nation’s anthem was performed with regularity before the song was adopted as the National Anthem in 1931.