Brig. Gen. Reuben F. Bernard (USA)

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Reuben Frank Bernard

Birthplace: Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States
Death: November 17, 1903 (71)
Place of Burial: Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Dalton Bernard and Mary "Polly" "Polly" Ann Bernard
Husband of Alice Virginia Frank; Ruth Lavinia Simpson and Elzie May Bernard
Father of Katie May Buck; Lieut. John Jay Bernard; Mary Alice Babcock; Thomas Pitcher Bernard; George Reuben Bernard and 1 other
Brother of Thomas Jefferson Bernard

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About Brig. Gen. Reuben F. Bernard (USA)

Reuben Frank Bernard (1834 - November 17, 1903) was an American Brigadier General.

Bernard was born in rural Hawkins County, Tennessee to John Bernard, Sr. and Mary Morelock Bernard. He was the eldest boy of 14 brothers and sisters, two of whom died as infants. His sister Annie was three years his senior. Three of his brothers died fighting in the American Civil War. Reuben is said to have impulsively deserted his family farm at age 22, going to Knoxville, Tennessee and becoming a blacksmith's apprentice.

Bernard enlisted in the first formal US cavalry unit in 1855, and fought for the Union during the American Civil War.

His expedition arrested the Apache war chief Cochise, who was accused of kidnapping children, in 1861. Bernard was arrested and tried for insubordination after a quarrel with a lieutenant named Bascom, but was released. He served in New Mexico and later in the eastern theatre. He went west in 1869 and led eight expeditions against the Apache, killing 30 in the Battle of Chiricahua Pass. In 1872 he was transferred to the Pacific Northwest to fight in the American Indian Wars, specifically against the Modoc tribe.

Reuben F. Bernard (1834-1903) had one of the most remarkable military careers of the nineteenth century, serving three years in the American Civil War between stints against Indian forces in the West. He claimed to have fought in more engagements than any other officer of his day, including campaigns against the Apache, Modoc, and Paiute.

~• His son-in-law was the son of a Confederate soldier Pvt. James Garland Hardwick Buck (CSA)

After the Modoc war

  • period of inactivity for Bernard's troop (see p. 111, op.cit.)
  • included visit to Camp Warner to confer wth Chief Ochoho (note? Ochiho?) about going to the Klamath Reservation.
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Brig. Gen. Reuben F. Bernard (USA)'s Timeline

October 14, 1832
Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States
April 12, 1870
Arizona, United States
April 1, 1872
Modoc County, California, United States