Born at Fort Vancouver, (across the river from Portland, Oregon) in Washington Territory, the son of Brevet Major Theodore J. Eckerson, he was given a direct appointment by the President to 2nd Lt, Company L, 5th US Cavalry, on 2 Dec 1872. Promoted to Brevet 1st Lt on 20 Oct 1873, for valor against the Apache Indians at Mazatzal Mountains. Arrested at Fort Grant, found guilty by General Court-martial (charges unknown), and dismissed from service on 15 July 1875. With aid of friends, appointed 2nd Lt, 7th Cavalry, on 2 May 1876, by direction of President Grant. Appointed 1st Lt, Company D, on 25 June 1876. In the field commanding Company F, from August to Nov 1876. In winter station, Fort Abraham Lincoln, ND, until April 1877. In the 1878 Nez Perce Campaign. During the Battle of Snake Creek, he commanded 3 companies, after Captains Godfrey and Moylan were wounded. Court-martialed again in 1878 for conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman, violation of the 38th Article of War, and conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline (drunk and disorderly). Dismissed from military service on 30 June 1878. Taught school in Sioux City, Iowa for a year. Joined his brother, Lt Theodore H. Eckerson, 19th Infantry, at Fort Garland, CO, in 1879, working as a bookkeeper and under-sheriff. Married Sophie M. Bergsland, a "domestic" in the fort's mess hall, on 14 Feb 1882, at Hays, Kansas. Two children: Regina (born 4 Dec 1882) and Theodore John (born 22 Oct 1884). Died at age 35 of malaria. Note that the grave marker gives his birth date as April 9, 1853, whereas Army Records gives it as March 8, 1850.
Sophie Marie Bergsland Jorgenson
1864–1948 (m. 1882)