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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
Kent, Jacob Ford 1835- (search)
Kent, Jacob Ford 1835- Military officer; born in Philadelphia, Sept. 14, 1835; entered the army as second lieutenant of the 3d Infantry, in May, 1861. For gallantry at Marye's Heights he was promoted first lieutenant, and brevetted captain and major; was promoted captain of the 3d Infantry in 1864; and for gallantry in the battle of Spottsylvania, and for distinguished services in the field during the war, was brevetted lieutenant-colonel and colonel. At the close of the war he was commissioned colonel of the 24th United States Infantry. On July 8, 1898, he was appointed a majorgeneral of volunteers. During the campaign in Cuba he commanded the first division of the 5th Corps. On Oct. 4, 1898, he was promoted brigadier-general, U. S. A., and on Oct. 15 was retired at his own request.