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Object ID RG0803.AM
Collection RG0803 Broatch, James Wallace, 1869-1908
Object Name Personal papers
Extent of Description 1 folder
Title James Wallace Broatch collection
Dates of Creation 1892, 1908
Year Range from 1892
Year Range to 1908
Admin/Biographical History James Wallace Broatch, son of William and Julia Broatch, was born at Canton, Ohio, on November 9, 1869. He moved with his family to Omaha, Nebraska. He joined the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, but he resigned in 1892 due to ritual hazing. Broatch then attended Yale University where he received his Ph.D.

James Broatch joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1899 and was commissioned captain on March 3, 1903. He was assigned to duty with the 1st Brigade in the Philippines on October 9, 1907. On July 9, 1908, James Wallace Broatch committed suicide at Cavite, Philippines. He is buried near his parents and brother Frank at West Lawn Cemetery in Canton, Ohio.
Level of description Fonds/Coll
Scope & Content The collection consists of one folder containing photocopies of James W. Broatch's service file from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Included are copies of letters from Senator Charles F. Manderson discussing Broatch's allegations of hazing at the U.S. Military Academy as well as copies of newspaper articles from the New York Herald about the hazing accusations. Also included are copies of letters from Broatch's father and a death notice for James Broatch from the Army and Navy Journal.
Copyrights These copies were obtained from the U.S. Military Academy archives at West Point, New York.
Location of Originals These copies were obtained from the U.S. Military Academy archives at West Point, New York.
Subjects Military art & science
Military training
People Broatch, James Wallace, 1869-1908
Broatch, Wiliam J., 1841-1922
Manderson, Charles Frederick, 1837-1911
Search Terms Hazing -- New York (State) -- West Point -- History
United States Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.)