BRIG. GEN. TIDBALL DEAD. He Served in the Army Nearly Sixty Years, and Did It Gallantly. Brig. Gen. John Caldwell Tidball, Unit- ed States Army, retired, one of the few remaining leading army officers in the civil war, died yesterday afternoon at his residence, 210 Walnut Street, Montclair, at the age of 81. Gen. Tidball was born near Wheeling, West Va. He was gradu- ated from the Military Academy in 1848. He served in the Florida hostilities against the Seminole Indians, and accompanied an exploring expedition to California in 1853-4. In 1859 he was sent on the expe- dition to Harper's Ferry to suppress John Brown's raid. He served all through the civil war, being brevetted five times for gallant and meritorious conduct on the field, and being complimented person- ally by President Lincoln for his work at Gettysburg, where he was in command of the Second Brigade Horse Artillery. He became a Brigadier General in 1865. After the civil war Gen. Tidball was in active service for forty years, and was assigned to almost every army post from Alaska to Texas. He was the first Gov- ernor of Alaska, and lived there for six years. He was Commandant at West Point for many years, and was Comman- dant at the Artillery School at Fort Mon- roe, Va., and reorganized and brought that institution to a high state of perfec- tion. Gen. Tidball was married twice. His first wife was Miss Mary Davis, daugh- ter of Capt. Davis, United States Army. He afterward married Mary Langdon Dana, daughter of Gen. N.J.T. Dana, United States Army. He is survived by two daughters, Miss Mabel Tidball and Mrs. Robert S. Potter of Brownsville, New York, and two sons, Prof. John S. Tidball of the Columbus (Ohio) State Uni- versity and Lieut. William Tidball of the Artillery Corps. He will be buried at Wast Point.
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