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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1875

Vol. III

(Born Ill.)

John Greenº Ballance

(Ap'd Ill.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1871, to June 16, 1875, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 16th Infantry, June 16, 1875.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Wayne, Mich., Oct. 1, 1875, to May 15, 1876,

(Transferred to 22d Infantry, July 1, 1875)

— Ft. Brady, Mich., May 17, 1876, to Sep. 17, 1877, — Ft. Wayne, Mich., Sep. 18 to Oct. 14, 1877, — Ft. Mackinac, Mich., Oct. 16, 1877 (leave of absence, Dec. 6, 1878, to Mar. 4, 1879), to May 14, 1879, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., to Feb. 8, 1880, — Ft. Clark, Tex. (sick leave of absence, July 29, 1880, to Jan. 13, 1882), to Nov. 16, 1882, — Santa Fé, N. M., to Mar. 17,

(First Lieut., 22d Infantry, Feb. 25, 1881)

1883, — Las Vegas, N. M. (sick), to Apr. 17, 1883, and on sick leave of absence, to July 20, 1883, — Regimental Quartermaster, Sep. 22, 1882, to Apr. 22, 1884, — Ft. Lewis, Col., to Nov. 1, 1883, — Santa Fé, N. M., to May, 1884, — Ft. Lewis, Col., to June 6, 1884, — Aide-de‑Camp to General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Stanley, to Aug. 17, 1884, — and Acting Judge Advocate of the Department of Texas, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: Judge Advocate, Department of Texas, 1884‑90; Fort Keogh, Mont., May, 1890. — In the field in Montana against Cheyenne Indians, May to Nov., 1890. — In the field, North and South Dakota, during Sitting Bull Sioux Indian war, Dec., 1890 to March, 1891. — Commended in G. O. H. Q. A., for conducting a march, during Sioux war, 1890‑91, of 63 miles in 29 hours 15 minutes, to rescue a troop of cavalry reported to be surrounded by Indians. — Counsel for United States before U. S. Court in trial of Indian "Plenty Horses" for murder of Lieutenant Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.E. W. Casey. — (Appointed Regimental Quartermaster, 1891.)

(Captain of Infantry, 22d Infantry, Jan. 14, 1892)

— Served in Idaho with troops during mining strikes, and as counsel for State authorities, during prevalence of martial law, 1892. — In command of troops at Cheyenne Indian Agency, March to Oct., 1894. — Granted one year's leave to visit European countries, Nov., 1894 to Dec., 1895. — Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., June, 1897 to July, 1898. — Mustering officer and organizer of four regiments Kentucky troops, May to Aug., 1898. — In command of 3d Battalion, 22d Infantry, en route to Philippine Islands, Jan., 1899 to ––––

(Major and Inspector-General, U. S. Volunteers, May 17, 1898)

— Inspector-General and Chief Mustering Officer, 2d Division, 1st Army Corps, Aug. to Nov. 30, 1898. — Inspector-General, Chief Mustering Officer, and Judge Advocate, 1st Division, 1st Army Corps, Dec., 1898 to ––––

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, Feb. 20, 1899)

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

Military History. — Served: In Philippines until Dec. 24, 1901; commanded Battalion, 22d Infantry in march of General Young, in Nov. and Dec., 1899, to Northern Luzon, and commanded it in all the fights that it had in 1899; commanded brigade of infantry, cavalry and artillery during General Young's march in Northern Luzon; appointed in 1900, Chief of Staff to General Young; appointed in 1900 Civil Governor of Northwestern Luzon; recommended for brevet as Major, for gallantry at battle of Malinta, P. I.; recommended by General Lawton for brevet as Lieutenant-Colonel, for gallantry and efficiency in the battle of Burtis,​a P. I., May 2, 1899; recommended by General Young for brevet as Colonel and Brigadier-General, for different battles in which he was engaged on General Young's expedition to Northern Luzon in 1899.

(Major, 13th Infantry, Sept. 7, 1900)

— Adjutant-General, Department of Luzon, in 1901.

(Brigadier-General of Volunteers, April 27, 1901)

— Assigned to command, District of Northwestern Luzon, in 1901.

(Honorably discharged, June 20, 1901)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 29th Infantry, Aug. 13, 1903)

Lieut.‑Colonel, U. S. A., Retired Nov. 5, 1904,
disability in line of duty.

Died, Feb. 10, 1910, at Miami, Florida: Aged 57.

Buried, Springdale Cemetery, Peoria, IL.

Thayer's Note:

a Sic. I find no independent trace of such a battle, however, and strongly suspect a big garble of Balinag: that well-known battle was fought May 2, 1899 by General Lawton's forces as part of the San Isidro campaign in Luzon.

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