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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Bell, James Franklin, 1857- Military officer; born in Lexington, Ky., in 1857; was graduated at the United States Military Academy in 1878; promoted to second lieutenant in the 9th Cavalry the sa
McKinley directed that a congressional medal of honor should be presented to him. On Nov. 12, Colonel Bell took possession of Tarlac, where Aguinaldo had established his headquarters.
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On the reorganization of the regular army in February, 1901, President McKinley appointed Colonel Bell one of the new brigadier-generals--an act that caused considerable surprise, as this officer , according to the rules of seniority, would have been entitled to precede him in promotion.
General Bell is widely known in the army as a dashing cavalry officer, and when General Otis recommended t a dashing cavalry officer, and when General Otis recommended the presentation of the medal of honor, he said that it was a wonder that Colonel Bell still lived, because of his recklessness in action.