Major Gen. Hugh Judson Kilpatrick

Kilpatrick Post No. 40 was based in Eugene, OR.  The map at the bottom of the page shows the exact location.

This Post was originally chartered 29 December 1881 and mustered in 20 January 1882 under the Department of California as Kilpatrick Post No. 40 with 12 charter members.  It was transferred to the Provisional Department of Oregon.  The Post number was changed to 7 by Provisional Department of Oregon General Order No. 1, issued 1 June 1882.  The change of the Post namesake to J. W. Geary was approved on 27 June 1882 and announced in General Order No. 2, issued 13 September 1882.  See here for details of the successor J. W. Geary Post.


Post Namesake

Hugh Judson Kilpatrick was born 14 January 1836 in New Jersey.  He entered West Point in 1856, and graduated in the May class of 1861.  Realizing the path to promotion lay in the volunteer service, on 9 May 1861 he became a captain of the 5th New York Infantry.  In September 1861 he became lieutenant colonel of the 2nd New York Cavalry, colonel in December 1862, and on 14 June 1863, brigadier general of volunteers.

He served in the Army of the Potomac until April 1864, when General Grant sent him south to take charge of a cavalry division in General Sherman’s forces.  He continued with Sherman until the end of the war.  In March 1865 he was brevetted major general, U.S. Army, and major general of volunteers on 19 June 1865.

He resigned both commissions at the end of the year to accept the appointment of President Johnson as minster to Chile, serving until 1868.  In 1881 reappointed to the Chilean ministry by President Arthur.  Died in Chile on 4 December 1881, and is buried in the United States Military Academy Post Cemetery.

Charter Members 

William H. AbramsCo. B9th Michigan CavalrySUVCW Burial Record
James E. AtterburyCo. H122nd Illinois Infantry 
David M. DrakeCo. K16th Kansas CavalrySUVCW Burial Record
Joseph P. GillCo. H7th Indiana Infantry (3 months)SUVCW Burial Record
Post Commander - 1882
Thomas J. GillCo. H7th Indiana Infantry (3 months) &SUVCW Burial Record

Co. F5th Indiana Cavalry (90th Indiana Volunteers) 
Orville GreenCos. B & F93rd New York InfantrySUVCW Burial Record
Thaddeus M. HamiltonCo. A50th Illinois InfantrySUVCW Burial Record
E. J. McClanahanCo. I7th Colorado Territory (service not confirmed) 
James OffuttCo. E100th Pennsylvania InfantrySUVCW Burial Record
Horace H. PageCo. F1st U.S. SharpshootersSUVCW Burial Record
James M. ShelleyCo. A1st Oregon InfantrySUVCW Burial Record
M. D. Sweet
(service not confirmed) 

The Kilpatrick Post officers were elected and installed on 20 January 1882.

1882 Post Officers

CommanderJoseph P. Gill
Senior Vice CommanderDavid M. Drake
Junior Vice CommanderJames E. Atterbury
AdjutantThomas J. Gill
QuartermasterThaddeus M. Hamilton
Officer of the DayWilliam H. Abrams
Officer of the GuardOrville Green
SurgeonHorace H. Page
ChaplainE. J. McClanahan
Sergeant MajorJames M. Shelley
Quartermaster SergeantM. D. Sweet

Abbreviations used above: "Bty." is short for "Battery".  "Co." is short for "Company".  "F&S" is short for "Field and Staff". 

Note: This is not a complete cumulative roster of the Comrades (members) or Officers of this Post.  As additional Comrades are identified, they will be added.

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