Medal of Honor at Decatur, GA for defeating an overwhelming force of the enemy thus saving the trains of the Corps. Ultimately rose Major General and would eventually become the first mayor of Tacoma, Washington.
He joined George H Thomas Post No. 5 of Olympia, Thurston County, Washington on 13 Apr 1881 as one of the 14 charter members. He later transferred to Custer Post No. 6 of Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, where he served as Post Commander in 1887. The next year he was elected, unopposed, as Commander of the Department of Washington Territory (1888-89).