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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1868

Vol. III

(Born Pa.)

John B. Rodman​1

(Ap'd at Large)


John Black Rodman: Born Oct. 14, 1844.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1863, to June 15, 1868, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 20th Infantry, June 15, 1868.

Served: in garrison at Baton Rouge, La., Oct. 1, 1868, to Apr., 1869; in command of detachment of Indian Scouts, at Ft. Abercrombie, Dak. May, 1869, to Sep., 1870; as Aide-de‑Camp to the Commanding General of the Department of Dakota, Sep. 7, 1870, to Oct. 31, 1871; on leave of absence, to Oct. 31, 1872; on frontier duty at Ft. Wadsworth, Dak., to Oct., 1873, — Ft. Snelling, Min., to Dec. 20, 1877, — Adjutant, 20th

(First Lieut., 20th Infantry, Aug. 4, 1875)

Infantry, Nov. 4, 1873, to Oct. 22, 1886, — Ft. Brown, Tex., Dec. 26, 1877, to Nov. 5, 1881, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to May 20, 1885, — and Ft. Assinniboine, Mon., to Dec. 14, 1886; on Recruiting Service, to Oct. 12,

(Captain, 20th Infantry, Oct. 15, 1887)

1888; on leave of absence to Jan. 12, 1889; and on frontier duty at Ft. Assinniboine, Mon., to Oct. 16, 1889, — and Camp Poplar River, Mon., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Camp Poplar River, Mont., to May 21, 1891; at Fort Buford, N. D.,​b to July 19, 1891; at Ft. Assinniboine, Mont., to Oct. 10, 1894; at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to April 19, 1898; at Mobile, Ala., to June, 1898; in the campaign against Santiago de Cuba, June 23 to July 1, 1898, when wounded in the battle of San Juan Hill, July 1, 1898; absent sick and on sick leave to Oct., 1898.

(Major and Chief Ordnance Officer, U. S. Volunteers, July 18, 1898)

— Chief Ordnance Officer, 1st Division, 1st Corps, at Macon, Ga., Oct. 13, to Dec., 1898. — Chief Ordnance and Mustering Officer, Department of Santa Clara, Cuba, Jan. 11, to April 8, 1899.

(Major of Infantry, 20th Infantry, March 2, 1899)

— Sailed from San Francisco June 24, and arrived at Manila, P. I., July 24, 1899, and commanded a battalion of his regiment in the city of Manila on provost duty to March, 1900; on sick leave to ––––

(Honorably Discharged from Volunteer Service, May 12, 1899)

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

Military History. — Served: To Aug. 14, 1900; on duty at Fort Slocum, N. Y., to Nov. 7, 1900; en route to Philippine Islands, to Dec. 29, 1900; commanding battalion of regiment in the field, to April 1, 1901; sick at Candon, P. I., to May, 1901; en route to U. S., and on sick leave to Sept. 23, 1901; transferred to 30th Infantry, Sept. 20, 1901; on recruiting service at Louisville, Ky.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 30th Infantry, Sept. 22, 1901)

(Transferred to 20th Infantry, Oct. 15, 1901)

to Oct. 20, 1902; on leave, to Jan. 27, 1903; with regiment at Ft. Sheridan, Ill., to June 14, 1903; Columbus Barracks, Ohio.

(Transferred to 10th Infantry, July 27, 1903)

(Colonel, 25th Infantry, July 30, 1903)

to Aug. 30, 1903; on leave, to Oct. 31, 1903.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired Oct. 31, 1903, at his own request;
over 40 Years' Service.

Died at San Francisco, Cal., Aug. 29, 1909: Aged 65.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1910.º

Buried, San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, CA.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Bvt. Brig.‑General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.T. J. Rodman, Class of 1841.

Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Rodman's birth data are from his tombstone, q.v.; his birthdate confirmed by his AOG obituary.

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b The Register has "Fort Bedford, N. D." There was no fort by that name in North Dakota; an error for Fort Buford. I am indebted to John Stanton of FortWiki for the correction: he checked the post returns.

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