Francis S. Dodge

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Francis Safford Dodge (September 11, 1842 – February 19, 1908) was a US Army officer who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Indian Wars. He was born in Danvers, Massachusetts.

Dodge joined the 23rd Massachusetts Infantry in October 1861, and reached the rank of corporal by late 1863. In December 1863, he was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the 2nd USCT Cavalry Regiment. In July 1865, he was promoted to captain.

After the war, Dodge was transferred to the 9th Cavalry Regiment as a first lieutenant. He regained his wartime rank in July 1867, and served in the White River War. He was promoted to major in 1880, and served as an army paymaster in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. He eventually became Paymaster General of the United States Army in January 1904, and was retired in September 1906.

During the two years following his retirement, he served as Director of the American Surety and Trust Company. Dodge died in Washington D.C., and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Captain, Company D, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: Near White River Agency, Colo., September 29, 1879. Entered service at: Danvers, Mass. Birth: 11 September 1842, Danvers, Mass. Date of issue: April 2, 1898.

With a force of 40 men rode all night to the relief of a command that had been defeated and was besieged by an overwhelming force of Indians, reached the field at daylight, joined in the action and fought for 3 days.

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