Drew, Alfred Wettermark, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant (Infantry)
Last Service Branch
Primary Unit
1894-1899, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment/HHC
Service Years
1891 - 1899


First Lieutenant (Infantry)

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Houston, Texas

Casualty Date
Aug 19, 1899
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Moro Rebellion (Philippines)
Location of Interment
Glenwood Cemetery - Houston, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sect. WA, Lot 254

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Spanish American War Fallen
  1899, Spanish American War Fallen

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  1894-1899, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment/HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1899-1899 Moro Rebellion (Philippines)
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United States Military Academy
  1888-1891, United States Military Academy
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Last Known Activity
Major Drew graduated from West Point in 1891 (entering 16 June 1887). He was based with the 12th Infantry at Fort Niobara, Nebraska in October 1895- March 1898.  In May 1898, he was at Camp Tampa, Florida, then back to Fort Levenworth.

He served as a Major of the 3rd Texas Volunteers from 14 May 1898 until 22 February 1899.  He served as commander of the 3rd Texas Volunteer Regiment at Camp Eagle Pass, Texas (as ordered by Hq., Department of the Gulf).  Then at Fort Clark, Las Morus, Texas, until February 1899.  (Note that he was on Detached Duty from Fort Levenworth, Kansas during this period of his career.)

He was then mustered out for active duty as a 1st Lt. with the 12th Infantry, the unit he had served with from 12 June 1891 - 26 April 1898.

In 1895 the New York Times listed  him (a 2Lt) as having a 9 day Leave of Absnece extension from the 12th Infantry effective 11-11-1894.

He assisted in the evaluation and writing of The Statement of the Condition of the Texas Volunteer Guard in 1897, while still a 2nd Lt.

The New York TImes again reported on 2ndLt Drew, stationed in Austin, Texas, in April 1898. It reported he was detailed by the War Department to muster into the 12th Infantry per Presidential Proclamation dated 23 April 1898.

The 12th Infantry went to Cuba and fought in the battle of El Caney, where it captured the Spanish colors.

The 12th then was sent to the Philippines in February 1899 where it conducted three campaigns, based at the Luneta Barracks, Manilla, P.I..

1st Lt. Drew was killed three days after the beginning of the Battle of Angeles, the most major battle in the uprising in the Philippine Islands. He died on 19 August 1899 as he fought alongside the men of the 12th Infantry against Insurgents.

According to the U.S. Returns from Regular Army Infantry Regiments for the period, it reads, 1st Lt. Co. K, 12th Infantry, Alfred W. Drew, "Killed in action by gun shot wound with insurgents in skirmish north of Angeles, Luzon, P.I., Aug. 19, 1899."

He was interred in Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, Plot: Sect. WA, Lot 254 .
Battery Drew, located on Angel Island in San francisco Bay was named after Major Drew in 1902.
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