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Thomas Keith Marshall
The University Military Unit

In October 1896 a military unit on campus started when the Board of Regents approved the uniforms. The heavy wool coat, pants and cap were West Point cadet (undress) style, grey with black mohair braid. Fifty were ordered at $12 per suit. White shirt, black cravat, white gloves and black leather shoes supplied by the student completed the uniform. They were often worn to all classes, particularly in the winter. For warmer weather the khaki uniforms were worn. Tom had several sepia-colored group photographs from the years 1900 to 1903. Two are reproduced here. The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program started later, after World War I. The ROTC headquarters continues on campus in a different building named South Hall.

Miltary Review, ca., 1900, looking west from the front of Old Main.
Miltary review, ca. 1900, looking west from the front of Old Main. The flag pole (right)
is in about the same position in 2007. Tom's photo has faded giving the picture a
sun and shadow effect. TKMPC

Battalion officers 1903 Photo from The Burro, the first UA annual yearbook. Tom is at far right.
Battalion officers 1903. Photo from The Burro, the first UA annual yearbook. Tom is at far
right. Others from left, Lieutenants Roy W. Moore and K. T. Moore, Captain E. S. Stafford,
Major Patton the Commandant, Captain and Adjutant W. E. Hadsell, Captain C. F. Day, and
Lieutenants Wm. D. Whipple and T. K. Marshall. This is from Tom's own copy of the yearbook.
The cover is red and blue cloth, the UA colors at that time were sage green and silver and
would not change to red and blue for 15 years.

Cadets at South Hall, in khaki uniforms.
Cadets at South Hall, in khaki uniforms. In his diary for February 26, 1930, Tom
Marshall wrote, "Twenty-nine years ago the State Capitol was dedicated. I was there
as a Cadet from the University." TKMPC

Cadets 1903
Cadets 1903. Sitting left to right Rudolph Castenada, Yale Adams, Charles P. Richmond,
Geo. Parker; rear 1) unidentified 2) Benito Suarez 3) Henry Castenada 4) Newton Robinson
5) unidentified 6) Charley Stout 7) Lester Steinfeld 8) Steve McKenna (Trupeter); front right
1) Possibly Frank Miller 2) George Martin 3) Allan Bernard. Information provided by
Special Collections, University of Arizona Library

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