Pvt. Elwood A. Forman

Elwood A. Forman is shown (left) in his baseball uniform. He played on a team for the 25th Infantry in the early 1890s. Foreman rode both summers.

"The soldiers who compose the Corps were selected from among 40 volunteers, and are bubbling over with enthusiasm. They are all colored men and about as fine a looking and well-disciplined lot as could be found anywhere in the United States Army. They take pride in the uniform, are respectful, obedient, and have implicit in their white officers. This last fact is well illustrated by an incident that happened last summer while we were going through Yellowstone Park on our bicycles. A member of the Corps upon whose face the map of Africa is most unquestionably stamped; was lazily sitting against a tree smoking his pipe and with one eye closed and the other half opened was amusing himself making smoke rings. A tourist who came strolling along asked him, "Where do you expect to go today?" To which he answered, "De Lawd only knows-- we're following de Lieutenant!"
- James A. Moss 2nd Lieutenant, 25th U.S. Infantry
Daily Missoulian Military Purposes, June 19, 1897

Register of Enlistments
Elwood Forman was born in Montgomery County, Maryland in January, 1867. He enlisted at Washington D.C. on June 13, 1889. He was a "laborer" with black eyes, black hair and brown complexion (black in 1899 R of E). He was 5' 8" tall. He was discharged June 1894 at Fort Missoula, Montana was a character rating of "very good".

The 1894 Register of Enlistments tells us he enlisted at Fort Missoula on June 14 for five years. He was discharged June 13, 1899 at Fort Huachuca, Arizona with the rank of corporal. His character rating was "excellent."

Forman was injured (i.e. "punctured") in the left forearm July 2, 1898 while fighting in Cuba in the Spanish-American War.

1898 US Returns from Military Posts - Fort Thomas Kentucky
Forman was at the Fort Thomas General Hospital from June to September 1898. The returns record for June says "Undergoing treatment By transfer from Hosp. Train from Tampa Fla". The returns for September report "Returned to duty Sept. 15-98"

The 1899 Register of Enlistments tells us Forman enlisted on June 14, 1899 at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He was 32 years old, and a soldier. This record confirms that Forman died April 22, 1901 in Manila, Philippines of acute pulmonary tuberculosis. He was a corporal.

US Federal Census 1900 Armed Forces-Foreign Countries/Philippines, Luzon/0178 Subig, Zambales B Company 25th Infantry/image 13 of 40
Elwood A Forman is a corporal with residence listed as Chester, Pennsylvania. No street address is given. His race is listed as B and date of birth June 1862. He is 37 years old. His birthplace is listed as Maryland. No birthplace is listed for his father but his mother's is given as Virginia. He can read and write.

US Fed Census 190
0 - California, San Francisco District 240
Elwood Forman, a 33 year old corporal in Co. H, 24[sic- that should be 25th] Infantry was at the U.S. Army General Hospital in Presidio, San Francisco, California. His birthplace is listed as Maryland. The birthplaces of his parents are not given. He is listed as being single.

1898 US Returns from Military Posts - Presidio of San Francisco Letterman General Hospital - 1898 Dec.-1900 Dec
"Elwood A Forman Cpt 25 Infty H. Transferred to duty June 14-1900"

Forman died April 21, 1901 of tuberculosis while serving in the Philippines.

US Veterans Gravesite
Name: Edward Forman
Service Info: CPL US Arm
Death Date: abt 1901
Interment Date: 22 Apr 1901 [this does not match other records which say the interment took place much later]
Cemetery: Philadelphia National Cemetery
Cemetery Address: Haines Street & Limekiln Pike Philadephia, PA 19138
Buried At: Section F Site 302

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