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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

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