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John Cunningham Kelton, American army officer.


Kelton, John Cunningham was born on June 24, 1828 in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Robert and Margaretta (Cunningham) Kelton.


Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1851.


Commissioned First lieutenant United States Army, 1855. Commanded a brigade of Pope’s division, 1861. Served as assistant adjutant general under General Lyon, 1861.

Colonel 9th Missouri Volunteers, 1861. Assistant adjutant general Department of Missouri, 1862. Aide-de-camp to General Halleck (commander Military Division of Janus), 1862-1865.

Brevetted lieutenant colonel, colonel, brigadier general, 1865. Chief of appointment bureau Adjunct General’ General’ s Office, Washington, District of Columbia, 1865-1870. Commissioned lieutenant colonel, 1866.

Principal assistant to adjutant general, 1885-1889. Adjutant general United States Army, 1889-1892. Governor United States Soldier’s Home, Washington, District of Columbia, 1892.

Invented many improvements for service rifle, revolver. Author: Manual of the Bayonet, 1861. Information for Riflemen, 1884.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Manual of the Bayonet, 1861. Information for Riflemen, 1884.


Married Josephine Campbell, April.

Robert Kelton

Margaretta (Cunningham) Kelton

Josephine Campbell