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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1889

Vol. III

(Born O.)

Charles D. Rhodes

(Ap'd O.)


Born Delaware, OH.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 14, 1885, to June 12, 1889, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Add. Second Lieut., 7th Cavalry, June 12, 1889.

Second Lieut., 6th Cavalry, Aug. 19, 1889.

Served on frontier duty at Ft. Wingate, N. M., Sep. 28, 1889, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: In the field during Sioux Indian campaign, 1890‑91, being afterwards stationed at Forts McKinney, Wyo., and Niobrara, Neb., to 1893. — Professor of Military Science and Tactics, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, O., 1993‑95. — Stationed at Fort Myer, Va., 1895‑98.

(First Lieut. of Cavalry, 7th Cavalry, Dec. 8, 1896)

(Transferred to 6th Cavalry, March 3, 1897)

— Aide-de‑camp to General J. C. Breckinridge, May and June, 1898.

(Captain and Asst. Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers, June 3, 1898)

— Participated in entire Santiago campaign, as Aide-de‑camp and as Adjutant-General, 2d Brigade, 2d Division, 5th Army Corps. — Recommended Brevet Major, for gallant and meritorious services in the presence of the enemy, Santiago de Cuba, July 1, 1898. — At Santiago de Cuba, Aug. 1 to 20, and at Montauk, L. I., Aug. 20 to 30, as Adjutant-General of 2d Brigade, 2d Division, 5th Corps. — On sick leave, Aug. 30 to Nov. 15. — Huntsville, Ala., at Adjutant-General, 1st Cavalry Brigade, Nov. 15, 1898 to Jan. 15, 1899; waiting orders at Huntsville, Ala., after dissolution of Cavalry Brigade, Jan. 15 to Feb. 18, 1899. — Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on duty with troop, Feb. 19

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, April 7, 1899)

to June 17, 1899. — Fort Logan, Colo., June 17 to –––––; commanding post  p482 since June 27. — Editor of Journal of United States Cavalry Association since March 1, 1899. — Prize-essayist, 1898.

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Logan, Colo., June 17, 1899 to May 23, 1900; commanding post, from June 27, 1899; Editor of Journal of United States Cavalry Association, March 1, 1899 to March, 1900; Quartermaster, Transport Leelanaw, conveying horses of 6th Cavalry to China, July 1, Aug. 11, 1900; commanding Troop C, 6th Cavalry, in China Relief Expedition, Aug. 12, Sept. 11; commanded troop in engagement of 6th Cavalry with Boxers at Gaw‑Char-Chun, China, Aug. 19, 1900; commanding outpost at Yang-Tsun, charged with patroling Pei‑Ho River, Hosiwu to Peitsang, Aug. 21, Sept. 11; Adjutant-General, 1st Brigade, China Relief Expedition (occupying City of Pekin), Sept. 11, Oct. 15; Adjutant-General of combined Anglo-American Expedition, in engagement of Pa‑Ta‑Chow Temples, China, Sept. 17, 1900; en route from China to Philippines, Nov. 6‑20, 1900.

(Captain, 6th Cavalry, Feb. 2, 1901)

— In Philippines, Nov. 21, 1900, April 4, 1903, viz.: Commanding post of Binan and sub‑district, Jan. 22, March 13, 1902; engagement of himself and two orderlies against Felisardo's band of ladrones, near San Nicola, Cavite Province, Dec. 31, 1901, for which he was commended in G. O. No. 100, Division of the Philippines, dated Oct. 21, 1903, for "fearlessness and prompt action;" received surrender of insurgent battalion of Tiradores, at Binan, Feb. 18, 1902; continuous scouting with his troop, participating in General Bell's campaigns and concentration measures against Generals Gonzales and Malvar, 1901‑1902; en route to U. S., April 4‑28, 1903; member of first General Staff Corps, 1903; observer from General Staff at West Point (Ky.) maneuvers, Sep.‑Oct., 1903; Umpire, Ohio maneuvers (Athens, O.), Aug., 1904; Umpire, Manassas (Va.) maneuvers, Sept., 1904; Adjutant, National Matches (Sea Girt), Aug.‑Sep., 1905; Umpire, Ohio maneuvers (Tuscarawas County), Aug., 1906; Chief Umpire, Pennsylvania maneuvers (Mt. Gretna), July, 1907; Umpire, Iowa maneuvers, Aug., 1907; Honor Graduate, Infantry and Cavalry School, 1907; Graduate, Army Staff College, 1908; Umpire, maneuvers of Division, National Guard, Pennsylvania, July, 1908; Umpire, Army maneuvers, Atascadero, Cal., Oct., 1908; en route to and joined his regiment at Jolo, P. I., Nov.‑Dec., 1908; with 6th Cavalry on Island  p437 of Jolo, until July 27, 1909; commanding 1st Squadron and Troop C, of that regiment, in continuous field operations against Jikiri's band of Moro outlaws; commanding Detachment, 6th Cavalry (Troops C and A), in fight with the Moro outlaw Jammang and others, at Bauno, Island of Jolo, May 11, 1909, for which he received the commendation of department and regimental commanders (Letter Headquarters, Department of Mindanao, dated May 31, 1909); commanding small expeditions against Moro outlaws, Tabawan Island (April) and Tandu (June, 1909); redetailed in the General Staff Corps, June 18, 1909; in Office Chief of Staff, War Department, Sept. 28, 1909 to –––––; Prize Essayist, U. S. Cavalry Association, 1898; Seaman Prize Essayist, Military Service Institution, 1901; Associate Editor, Upton's Military Policy of the U. S., 1903‑1904; Gold Medalist, Military Service Institution, 1904; Lecturer before Army War College, 1906; Lecturer before National Guard Association of Penna., (Wilkesbarre, Oct., 1907).

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

(Charles Dudley Rhodes, Born Feb. 10, 1865.)

Military History. —

Captain, 6th Cavalry, Feb. 2, 1901.

Re‑detailed to General Staff Corps, June 18, 1909, to Jan. 18, 1912; (Member, Executive Committee, Army Mutual Aid Association, 1909; Member, Executive Committee, National Rifle Association of America and a Director of National Board for Promotion of Rifle Practice, 1911; Umpire at Maneuvers of Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, 1911; on confidential mission to Republic of Mexico, 1911; Assistant Chief of Staff, Red Division, Connecticut Maneuver Campaign, 1912);

(Major, 15th Cavalry, Aug. 24, 1912)

at Winchester, Va., Adjutant, Cavalry Camp of Instruction, 1913; at Fort Riley, Kans., Commandant of Mounted Service School, 1914 to 1917;

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Cavalry, July 1, 1916)

(Colonel, 21st Cavalry, May 23, 1917)

awarded silver medal at Panama-Pacific Exposition for exhibit of School, 1915; Member of Cavalry Equipment Board, 1915‑1917; gave special testimony on Universal Military Service before Senate Military Committee, December, 1916; at Washington, D. C., Delegate to War Risk Insurance Convention, October, 1917; at Fort Riley, Kans., and at Camp Logan, Texas, commanding 79th Field Artillery (21st Cavalry), June‑December, 1917;

(Brigadier-General, National Army, Dec. 17, 1917)

commanded 157th Field Artillery Brigade, 82nd Division, at Camp Gordon, Ga., and in France in the Château Thierry (in reserve), the St. Mihiel and the Argonne-Meuse Offensives, February-October,

(Major-General, U. S. A., Oct. 1, 1918)

1918; in France, commanding 42nd and 34th Divisions, November, 1918, to February, 1919; at Spa, Belgium, Chief of American Section of International Armistice Commission, Nov. 14, 1918, to Feb. 17, 1919; Commanding General, Base Section No. 2, Bordeaux Embarkation Area, France, March 14, 1919, to ––––

Prize Essayist, U. S. Cavalry Association, 1898; Seaman Prize Essayist, Military Service Institution, 1901; Associate Editor, Upton's Military Policy of the U. S., 1903 to 1904; Gold Medalist, Military Service Institution, 1904; Lecturer before Army War College, 1906; Lecturer before National Guard Association of Pennsylvania, at Wilkesbarre, 1907; Lecturer before National Guard of California at Atascadero, 1908; co‑author of The Cavalry, (Review of Reviews Co.), 1911; Lecturer before Corps of Cadets, Virginia Military Institute, 1912; Editor and Associate Editor, Journal U. S. Cavalry Association, 1899 and 1916.

Knight Commander of the Bath (British); Commander of the Legion of Honor (French).


Distinguished Service Cross

"For extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy near the barrio of San Nicolas, Pueblo of Bacoor, Cavite, Luzon, Philippine Islands, December 31, 1901, while serving as captain, 6th United States Cavalry. He gallantly and fearlessly led an attack on a superior body  p524 of insurgents with two men of his troop, killing two of the enemy and wounding two, including their leader, and dispersing the remainder."


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. As commander of the artillery brigade in support of the 82d Division during the offensive operations of the St. Mihiel salient and again in command of an artillery brigade during the Meuse-Argonne offensive, by his marked ability shown in the conduct of his units, he contributed in a noted degree to the successes attained. Later he served with distinction as a member of the Interallied Commission at Spa, rendering conspicuous services to the American Expeditionary Forces."

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

 p288  Military History: —

Distinguished Service Cross

Distinguished Service Medal

Major-General, U. S. A., Oct. 1, 1918.

Commanding General, Base Section, No. 2, Bordeaux Embarkation Area, France, Mar. 14, 1919, to July 6, 1919;

Returned to Grade of Colonel, Aug. 22, 1919.

attended Army War College to June, 1920, when he was graduated; at Camp Stotsenburg, Philippine Islands, commanding officer, 9th Cavalry, Dec. 24, 1920; Chief of Staff, Department of the Philippines, Feb. 1, 1921, to Oct. 12, 1922, when he returned to the United States; at Fort Hayes, Ohio, Chief of Staff, 5th Corps Area, and in charge Organized Reserves, 5th Corps Area to Aug. 2, 1925;

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Aug. 2, 1925.

at Fort Bliss, Tex., commanding Second Cavalry Brigade, Sept. 1 to Dec. 15, 1925; at Fort Benning, Ga., Refresher Course to Jan., 1926; at Camp Gaillard, Canal Zone, commanding 20th Infantry Brigade, Feb. 18, 1926 to Sept. 1, 1927; at Camp Gatun, Canal Zone, commanding 19th Infantry Brigade, Sept. 22, 1927 to Sept. 5, 1928;

Major-General, U. S. A., Sept. 5, 1928.

on leave of absence from Sept. 5, 1928 to Feb. 10, 1929.

Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, Feb. 10, 1929,
By Operation of Law.

Awarded Silver Star and cited "for gallantry in action against Spanish forces at Santiago, Cuba, July 1, 1898."

Knight Commander of the Bath, (British); Commander of the Legion of Honor, (French); Commander Order of the Crown, (Belgium).

Civil History: — Engaged in biographical research and writing for Dictionary of American Biography, a work sponsored by The Council of Learned Societies, 1927, to 1930.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj.‑Gen., Ret., Feb. 10, 1929.

Civil History: — Author of "Robert E. Lee, The West Pointer," 1936.

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Maj Gen Ret 10 Feb 29

Civil History: — Writer.

Died Jan. 24, 1948, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 82.

Portrait and obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Rhodes' birthplace is from the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates.

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