Edward John McClernand
Brigadier General, United States Army
at Jacksonville, Illinois, on December 29, 1848, the son of Major General
John A. McClernand, XIII Army Corps in the Civil War, and Sarah (Dunlap)
McClernand. He was educated in Jacksonville and Springfield, Illinois and
graduated from West Point in 1870.
He was appointed Second Lieutenant, 2nd U.S. Cavalry, June 15, 1870, and then promoted through the ranks to Brigadier General on August 27, 1912. He was breveted First Lieutenant, February 27, 1890, for "gallantry in pursuit of Indians and in actions against them at Bear Paw Mountains, Montana, September 30, 1877.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor November 27, 1894, for "most distinguished gallantry in action against Nez Perces Indians."
Served in the Santiago Campaign, Spanish-American War, and later in the Philippines during the Insurrection there.
He retired from active service on December 29, 1912. He lived in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he wrote "With the Indians and the Buffalo in Montana," for the Cavalry Journal in 1925.
He died on February 9, 1926 and was buried
in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Sarah Pomp McClernand
(1857-1926) is buried with him.
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, 2d U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Bear Paw Mountain, Montana, 30 September 1877. Entered service at: Springfield, Illinois. Birth: Jacksonville, Illinois. Date of issue: 27 November 1894.
Gallantly attacked a band of hostiles and conducted the combat with excellent skill and boldness.
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins, 1990
Updated: 30 September 2000 Updated: 19 January 2002 Updated: 16 August 2002 Updated: 15 March 2003 Updated: 10 August 2003
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003