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Marion Perry Maus
Marion Perry Maus
Born (1850-08-25)August 25, 1850
Died February 9, 1930(1930-02-09) (aged 79)
Place of birth Burnt Mills, Maryland
Place of death New Windsor, Maryland
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1874 – 1913
Rank Brigadier General
Battles/wars American Indian Wars
Spanish-American War
Philippine Insurrection
Awards Medal of Honor

Marion Perry Maus (August 25, 1850 – February 2, 1930) was a United States Army Brigadier General who was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for valor in action on January 11, 1886, in the Sierra Madre Mountains, Mexico. An 1874 graduate of West Point, he served in three wars and in multiple commands in the Army during his long career, retiring in 1913.

Early life and service in the American West[edit | edit source]

Born at Burnt Hills, Maryland, on August 25, 1850, he was appointed to West Point from Montgomery County, Maryland, graduating in 1874.[1] He was commissioned in the Infantry branch and assigned to the Western Frontier. He served as chief of Army Scouts under Colonel Nelson Appleton Miles in the pursuit and capture of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce in 1877. He was promoted to First Lieutenant in September 1879 and served in Texas in 1880 and Arizona in 1882. In 1885, as a commander of Apache scouts, took part in the expedition into Mexico in pursuit of Geronimo and for conduct in that action he received the Medal of Honor.[2] He was officially awarded the medal in November 1894. He was promoted to Captain in November 1890, and saw action against the Sioux Indians in 1890–1894.[3]

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, 1st U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Sierra Madre Mountains, Mex., 11 January 1886. Entered service at: Tennallytown, Montgomery County, Md. Birth: Burnt Mills, Md. Date of issue: 27 November 1894. Citation: "Most distinguished gallantry in action with hostile Apaches led by Geronimo and Natchez."[4]

Later career[edit | edit source]

Maus (far right) with Buffalo Bill, General Nelson Miles, and Captain Frank Baldwin in 1891

Maus served as aide to Nelson Appleton Miles during the latter's inspection tour to Europe in 1897 and during the Spanish-American War in 1898. Maus was promoted to Major in June 1899 and a month later was made Inspector General of the Department of California and Columbia. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in June 1902 and during 1902–1903 accompanied Miles on a world tour. In January 1904 became commander and Colonel of the 20th U.S. Infantry, which he commanded in the Philippine Insurrection until 1906 when he returned to California. Was temporarily in command of the Division of the Pacific during the absence of General Frederick Funston and played an important role in maintaining order in San Francisco, California, following the San Francisco earthquake. Maus was promoted to Brigadier General in 1906, commanding the Department of Columbia until 1911, when he was given command of a brigade of the 2nd Division in San Antonio, Texas. At his retirement in August 1913, he was commander of a brigade of the 1st Division at Albany, New York.[3]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Maus is buried in Section 3, site 3886-B, of Arlington National Cemetery. He married Ms. Mattie Lindsay Poor ( November 7, 1873 – January 18, 1936), who is buried with him. Maus' brother, Lietuenant Colonel, Louis Mervin Maus, United States Army, is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.[3][5]

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