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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1837

Vol. I

(Born Ky.)

John B. S. Todd

(Ap'd Ill.)


John Blair Smith Todd: Born Apr. 4, 1814, Lexington, KY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1832, to July 1, 1837, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, July 1, 1837.

First Lieut., 6th Infantry, Dec. 25, 1837.

Served: in the Florida War, 1837‑39, 1839‑40; on Recruiting service, 1841; in the Florida War, 1841‑42; on frontier duty at Ft. Towson, I. T.,  p682 1842, — Ft. Smith, Ark., 1842‑43, — and Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1843‑46; on

(Captain, 6th Infantry, Nov. 22, 1843)

Recruit service, 1846‑47; in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — and Skirmish of Amazoque, May 14, 1847; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1848; on frontier duty at Ft. Snelling, Min., 1848‑49, — Ft. Gaines, Min., 1849‑50, — and Ft. Ripley, Min., 1850‑54; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1854‑55; and on frontier duty in Sioux Expedition, 1855, being engaged in the Action of Blue Water, Sep. 3, 1855, — and at Ft. Pierre, Dak., 1855‑56.

Resigned, Sep. 16, 1856.

Civil History. — Sutler at Ft. Randall, Dak., 1856‑61.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Sep. 19, 1861, to July 17, 1862)

States, 1861‑62: in command of North Missouri District, Oct. 15 to Dec. 1, 1861; on leave of absence, Dec. 1, 1861, to May, 1862, to attend the meeting at Washington, D. C., of Congress, to which he was a delegate from the Territory of Dakota; and in command of 6th Division, Army of the Tennessee, June 3 to July 17, 1862.

Civil History. — Delegate from Dakota Territory in U. S. House of Representatives, 1861‑65. Speaker of the House of Representatives of Dakota, 1867‑69; and Governor of the Territory, 1869‑71.

Died, Jan. 5, 1872, at Yankton, Dak.: Aged 57.

Buried, Yankton City Cemetery, Yankton, SD.

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