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 [decorative delimiter] Class of May 6, 1861

Vol. II
p800
1918

(Born Pa.)

Jacobº Ford Kent1

(Ap'd Pa.)

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Born Sep. 14, 1835, Philadelphia, PA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1856, to May 6, 1861, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, May 6, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in drilling Volunteers at Washington, D. C., May, 1861; in the Defenses of p801Washington, D. C., May to July, 1861; in the Manassas Campaign of July, 1861, being engaged in the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861, where he was three times wounded, and captured; as Prisoner of War, July 22, 1861, to Sep. 21, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign (Army of

(First Lieut., 3d Infantry, July 31, 1861)

the Potomac), Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged in the March to Falmouth, Va., Oct.‑Nov., 1862; in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, to June, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862, — as Asst. Inspector-General, 9th Army Corps, Jan. 1 to Feb. 8, 1863, and subsequently of 6th Army Corps, and

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff — Corps Asst. Inspector-General,
Jan. 1, 1863, to Aug. 31, 1865)

in Storming of Marye Heights, May 3, 1863, where he was wounded; in

(Bvt. Major, May 3, 1863, for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Marye Heights, Va.)

the Pennsylvania Campaign (Army of the Potomac), June‑July, 1863, being engaged (after a forced march of thirty-five miles) in the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2‑3, 1863, and Pursuit of the enemy to Warrenton, Va., July, 1863; in the Rapidan Campaign, Oct. to Dec., 1863, being engaged in the Combat of Rappahannock Station, Nov. 7, 1863, — and Operations at Mine Run, Nov. 26 to Dec. 3, 1863; in the Richmond Campaign

(Captain, 3d Infantry, Jan. 8, 1864)

(Army of the Potomac), May 4 to July 10, 1864, being engaged in the Battle of the Wilderness, May 5‑6, 1864, — Battles of Spottsylvania, May 8‑21, 1864, — Battles of North Anna, May 23‑24, 1864, —

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, May 12, 1864, for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Spottsylvania, Va.)

Battles and Actions of Cold Harbor, June 1‑13, 1864, — Siege of and Battles about Petersburg, June 23 to July 10, 1864; in the Washington Campaign, July, 1864, being engaged in the Defense of the Capital, July 11‑12, 1864, — Skirmish at Snicker's Gap, July 18, 1864, while in Pursuit of General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Early's Rebel Raiders to Winchester, Va., — and return to Washington, D. C., July, 1864; in the Shenandoah Campaign, Aug. to Dec., 1864, being engaged in the Battle of Opequan, Sep. 19, 1864, — Battle of Fisher's Hill, Sep. 22, 1864, — and Battle of Cedar Creek, Oct. 19, 1864; in the Siege of Petersburg (Army of the Potomac),

(Bvt. Colonel, U. S. Volunteers, Oct. 19, 1864,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services in the Field during the Campaign before Richmond, Va.)

Dec., 1864, to Mar., 1865; and as Asst. Inspector-General of the Department of Washington, Mar. to Sep., 1865.

Served at the Military Academy as Assistant Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Sep. 9, 1865, to Oct. 7, 1869; on frontier duty at Ft. Lyon, Col., Nov., 1869, to Oct. 20, 1871, — Ft. Reynolds, Col., Oct. 23, 1871, to May 1, 1872, — and Ft. Lyon, Col., May 3, 1872, to June 28, 1874; on leave of absence, Dec. 9, 1873, to Dec. 27, 1874; in garrison at Holly Springs, Mis., July 3 to Sep. 14, 1874, — and Jackson Barracks, La., Sep. 16, 1874, to Mar. 4, 1876; on leave of absence, Nov. 15, 1875, to Jan. 15, 1876; in garrison at Coushatta, La., Mar. 7 to Aug. 27, 1876; on Recruiting Service, Oct. 2, 1876, to May, 1877; awaiting orders, May to Oct., 1877; on Recruiting Service, Oct., 1877, to Oct. 3, 1878; on delay and joining regiment, to Nov. 10, 1878; and on frontier duty, at Ft. Shaw, Mon., Nov. 10, 1878 (leave of absence, June 10 to Sep. 22, 1880), to May 1, 1885, — at Ft. Missoula, Mon., to May 20, 1885; on

p802 (Major, 4th Infantry, July 1, 1885)

leave of absence and on delay to Aug. 19, 1885; and on frontier duty at Ft. Omaha, Neb., to July, 1886, — and Ft. Spokane, Wash., to [image ALT: an underscored blank].

Vol. IV
p127
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Served: at Fort Spokane, Wash., to Oct., 1890.

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Infantry, 18th Infantry, Jan. 15, 1891)

— Acting Inspector-General Department of Dakota, at St. Paul, Minn., p128Oct. 6, 1890 to July 17, 1894. — On leave to Nov. 15, 1894. — On duty at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., to May 16, 1895.

(Colonel of Infantry, 24th Infantry, April 25, 1895)

— Joined 24th Infantry, May 18, 1895, and commanded regiment and post of Fort Bayard, N. M., to Oct., 1896, Fort Douglas, Utah, to April 20, 1898. — En route to and at Tampa, Fla., to May 15, 1898.

(Brig.‑General U. S. Volunteers, May 4, 1898)

— Commanding 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, at Tampa, Fla., to June, 1898. — In the campaign against and at Santiago de Cuba to Aug. 24, 1898.

(Maj.‑General U. S. Volunteers, July 8, 1898)

— Awaiting orders, Aug. to Nov. 30, 1898.

(Brig.‑General U. S. Army, Oct. 4, 1898)

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service,
Nov. 30, 1898)

Retired from Active Service, at his own request, after 40 Years' Service, Oct. 15, 1898.

— Residence, Troy, N. Y.

Vol. V
p101
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Retired officer. — Residence, Troy, N. Y.

Vol. VI
p93
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Born Sept. 14, 1835.)º

Military History. —

Colonel, 24th Infantry, April 25, 1895.

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, July 8, 1898.

Honorably Discharged, Nov. 30, 1898.

p94 Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Oct. 4, 1898.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, Oct. 15, 1898,
at His Own Request After Over 40 Years' Service.

Major-General, U. S. A., on Retired List, March 4, 1915,
Act of March 4, 1915.

Died, Dec. 22, 1918, at Troy, N. Y.: Aged 80.º

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1919.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.


The Author's Note:º

1 Descendant of Col. Jacob Ford of Revolutionary Army.


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