Joseph Rodman West

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Joseph Rodman West

New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 31 Oct 1898 (aged 76)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 1, Site 553
Memorial ID 9141 · View Source
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Civil War Union Brigadier General, US Senator. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, however soon after his birth, his family moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here, he was educated at private schools and attended the University of Pennsylvania for 2 years. He returned to New Orleans in 1841, but served in the Mexican War as a Captain of volunteers from Maryland and Washington D.C. After the war, he migrated to California, working there as a businessman and publisher. He published the San Francisco Price Current. At the outbreak of Civil War, he was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel in the 1st California Volunteers, commanded by Colonel James H. Carleton. In October 1861 he led an expedition to occupy Fort Yuma and continued to operate under Carleton in the Colonel's campaign to regain New Mexico Territory for the Union. When Carleton was promoted to Brigadier General, he replaced him as Colonel of the 1st California, on June 1, 1862, and was promoted to Brigadier General on October 25 of that same year. He led the January 1863 expedition against the Gila Apaches in which the noted Apache chief Mangas Coloradas was killed. The official report stated that the chief was shot trying to escape. However, there is overwhelming evidence that the chief was being tortured by his guards who killed him when he protested; a witness claimed that he told the guards that he did not want the chief alive in the morning. During 1863 he also commanded the District of Arizona. Ordered to Arkansas in April 1864, he took command of the 2nd Division, VII Corps and led it through the Red River Campaign. In the fall, under Major General Frederick Steele, he was lightly engaged against Confederate Major General Sterling Price. He finished the war commanding the cavalry in the Department of the Gulf, from May 15 to June 12, 1865. He was mustered out of the army in San Antonio, Texas, on January 4, 1866. Settling in New Orleans, he held appointments as deputy United States Marshal and customs auditor, and was elected to the United States Senate in March 1871. His term expired in 1877, the year Military Reconstruction ended, and he retired from politics once local governments returned to civilian control. He remained in Washington D.C., holding a series of political appointments including as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia. He later would die in the city.

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