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Jacob Ford Kent
[[Image:150px|center|200px|border]]Brigadier Jacob F. Kent
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Born: September 14, 1835(1835-09-14)
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Died: December 22, 1918 (aged 83)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Army
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Rank: Major General
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Commands: 24th Infantry Regiment
Battles: American Civil War

Indian Wars
Spanish-American War

  • Battle of San Juan Hill
  • Siege of Santiago

Philippine-American War

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Jacob Ford Kent (September 14, 1835 – December 22, 1918) was a United States general during the Spanish-American War. Kent also served in the Union army during the American Civil War.[1]

Early life and the American Civil War[]

Kent was born in 1835 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Rodolphus Kent and Sarah Deily. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated in 1861 and served in the Union army during the Civil War.[1]

Spanish-American War and later life[]

When war with Spain began in May 1898, Kent was appointed brigadier general of volunteers and assumed command of the 1st Infantry Division, V Corps destined for Cuba.[1] His forces landed at Daiquiri and at the Battle of San Juan Hill his division led the main attack on San Juan Hill while the Rough Riders led the attack on nearby Kettle Hill. Kent's division sustained heavy casualties during the assault. Hamilton S. Hawkins, commanding the 1st Brigade was severely wounded.[2] Colonel Charles A. Wikoff, commanding the 3rd Brigade was killed and within half an hour 3 more officers were to assume command of the brigade.[1] However U.S. forces took the heights and Kent's division participated in the subsequent Siege of Santiago.[1] He was appointed brigadier general in the regular army in October, 1898. He was transferred to the Philippines where he briefly served before he retired late in 1898. Kent died in 1918.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Keenan's pg. 182
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dyal's,Carpenter's, Thomas's pp. 178-179


  • Keenan, Jerry; "Encyclopedia of the Spanish-American & Philippine-American wars", ABC-CLIO, (2001)
  • Dyal, Donald H., Carpenter, Brian B., Thomas, Mark A. ; "Historical dictionary of the Spanish American War", Greenwood Publishing Group, (1996)