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Civil War Soldiers - Todd
|Todd, John B. S., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born at Lexington, Ky., April 4, 1814. The family
removed in 1827 to Illinois, whence he was appointed to the U. S.
military academy. He was graduated in 1837, assigned to the 6th
infantry and became first lieutenant on Dec. 25 of that year. He
served with his regiment in the Florida war from 1837 to 1840; was on
recruiting service in 1841; again took part in the Florida war until
1842; was promoted captain in 1843 and performed frontier duty in the
Indian territory and Arkansas, 1843-46. During the war with Mexico he
took part at Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo and Amozoque in 1847, and was
thereafter at various garrisons and frontier posts. In 1855 he shared
in the fight against the Sioux at Blue Water. Resigning in Sept.,
1856, he became an Indian trader at Fort Randall, Dak.; was sent as a
delegate to Congress in 1861, as a Democrat; promptly reentered the
Federal service when the Civil war commenced; was appointed a
brigadier-general of volunteers and commanded a division in the Army
of the Tennessee from Sept., 1861, to July, 1862, and was in command
of the North Missouri district from Oct. 1 to Dec. 1, 1861. He was
again elected a delegate to Congress, 1863-65; served in the Dakota
legislature 1867-69; was speaker of its lower house; and in 1869-71
was governor of the territory. Gen. Todd was a founder of the city of
Yankton and one of the leading citizens of Dakota in his time. By
marriage he was connected with Abraham Lincoln and John C.
Breckinridge. He died at Yankton, S. D., Jan. 5, 1872.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908