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Eskridge, Richard I. - Major
Major Richard I. Eskridge.
Major Richard I. Eskridge, who was wounded in Friday's battle, was born in Missouri, and saw his first military service as musician in the Second Iowa Volunteer Infantry, enlisting Sept. 10, 1861. He was discharged later, and re-enlisted as a private in the Second Missouri Volunteer Cavalry on Jan. 9, 1864. On Nov. 17, 1865, he was mustered out of the service, having reached the grade of Captain. He entered the regular army Feb. 23, 1866, as Second Lieutenant of the Fourteenth Infantry. Two months later he was promoted to be First Lieutenant, and in September of the same year was transferred to the Twenty-third Infantry. He was commissioned Captain in September, 1873, and Major of the Tenth Infantry April 17, 1897.
The New York Times, New York, NY 5 Jul 1898, Sketches of the Lives of Some of the Leaders Who Dared the Foe in Cuba and Were Shot Down