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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1851

Vol. II

(Born Ind.)

John Mendenhall

(Ap'd Ind.)


Born July 29, 1829, Vevay, IN.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1847, to July 1, 1851, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, July 1, 1851.

Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1851‑52;

(Transferred to 4th Artillery, Feb. 20, 1852)

in garrison at Ft. Mifflin, Pa., 1852‑53; on frontier duty at Ringgold Barracks,

(Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, Oct. 8, 1853)

Tex., 1853; in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1854, 1854‑55; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1855; Sioux Expedition, 1855, being engaged in the Action of Blue Water, Sep. 3, 1855, and Skirmish, Oct. 19, 1855, — and Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1855‑56; in Florida Hostilities

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Mar. 12, 1856)

against the Seminole Indians, 1857; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, quelling Kansas Disturbances, 1857‑58, — and Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1858; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1859; on Recruiting service, 1859; and in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1859‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in garrison

(Captain, 4th Artillery, July 3, 1861)

at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1861‑62; in command of Battery in the Tennessee and Mississippi Campaign (Army of the Ohio), Mar. to June, 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Shiloh, Ten., Apr. 7, 1862, — and

(Bvt. Major, U. S. Army, Apr. 7, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Shiloh, Ten.)

 p455  Advance upon and Siege of Corinth, Apr. 10 to May 30, 1862; in Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Buell's Operations in North Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky, June to Oct., 1862; in the Tennessee Campaign (Army of the Cumberland), Nov., 1862, to Oct., 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Stone River, Dec. 31, 1862, to Jan. 3, 1863, as Chief of Artillery, Left Wing

(Major, Staff, U. S. Volunteers
— Judge-Advocate of 4th Army Corps, Mar. 17, 1863, to Oct. 23, 1865)

14th Army Corps, — Advance on Tullahoma, June 24 to July 4, 1863, — and Battle of Chickamauga, Sep. 19‑20, 1863, as Chief of Artillery of

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., U. S. Army, Sep. 20, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Chickamauga, Ga.)

21st Army Corps; as Asst. Chief of Artillery, Department of the Cumberland, Oct. 13, 1863, to Feb. 27, 1864; in Operations about Chattanooga, being engaged in the Battle of Missionary Ridge, Nov. 23‑25, 1863; in the Invasion of Georgia, as Asst. Inspector-General of the Department of the Cumberland, May 2 to Sep. 7, 1864, being engaged in the Battle of Resaca, May 15, 1864, — Battles of Kenesaw, June 20 to July 2, 1864, — Siege of Atlanta, July 22 to Sep. 2, 1864, — Assault of the enemy's Intrenchments at Jonesborough, Sep. 1, 1864, — and numerous Actions and Skirmishes; as Inspector of Artillery, Department of the Cumberland, Sep. 9, 1864, to Aug. 25, 1865; in command of Light Artillery Reserve, Department of the Cumberland, Feb. 17 to Aug. 25, 1865; and as Chief of Artillery, Department of Tennessee,

(Bvt. Colonel, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

Aug. 25 to Nov., 1865.

Served: in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., Dec. 2, 1865, to Apr. 6, 1866, — at Erie, Pa., Apr. 7, 1866, to Apr. 4, 1867, — at Ft. Porter, N. Y., Apr. 4 to Aug., 1867, — and Ft. Washington, Md., Aug. 30, 1867, to July 30, 1868; as Acting Assistant Inspector-General at headquarters of the Division of the Atlantic, to Oct. 17, 1868; in garrison at Ft. Washington, Md., Oct. 31 to Dec., 1868, — Ft. Wayne, Mich., Dec. 31, 1868, to Feb., 1870, — Ft. Johnston, N. C., Feb. 19, 1870, to Oct. 3, 1872, — Point San José, Cal., Dec. 1, 1872, to June 3, 1876, — and Sitka, Alas., June 15, 1876, to Mar. 5, 1877; on leave of absence, Mar. 31 to June 1,

(Major, 1st Artillery, Jan. 10, 1877)

1877; in garrison at Ft. Warren, Mas., June 4, 1877, to Nov. 25, 1879, being detached July 26 to Oct. 24, 1877, to Pittsburg and Reading, Pa., to suppress railroad riots; in garrison at Ft. Adams, R. I., to Nov. 7, 1880, — and at Ft. Columbus, N. Y. (in command), to Oct. 11, 1881; as Member of Board to examine inventions of heavy-ordnance projectiles, to May 18, 1882; on delay and awaiting assignment, to Nov. 6, 1882; in command of Ft. Winfield Scott, Cal., to Oct. 14, 1883, — of Ft. Warren,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 4th Artillery, Oct. 2, 1883)

Mas., Dec. 24, 1883, to July 6, 1885, — and Ft. Trumbull, Ct., to Jan. 9,

(Colonel, 2d Artillery, Dec. 4, 1888)

1889; in command of regiment and St. Francis Barracks, Fla., Jan. 30 to Mar. 21, 1889; on Court-martial duty and awaiting assignment, to May 27, 1889; in command of regiment and Ft. Adams, R. I., May 27, 1889, to –––––.

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

Civil History. — In command of regiment and of Ft. Adams, R. I., May 27, 1889, to June 18, 1892.

Died July 1, 1892, at Ft. Adams, R. I.: Aged 63.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a The Find-a‑Grave page linked above gives his place and date of birth as Napoleon, IN on July 12, on what grounds I don't yet know; the data I give here are those on his grave marker: see the photograph on that same page. Napoleon and Vevay are in adjacent counties.

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