Friday, April 14, 2017

Born Today April 14: Adna R. Chaffee


Major General of the United States Army Adna Romanza Chaffee  was born on this day in Orwell, Ohio.  Chaffee started his military service by enlisting in the Union Army at the start of the Civil War.  He was soon promoted to Sergeant; and by 1863, just two years after his enlistment, was made First Lieutenant.  He served in several conflicts, both domestically and abroad.  He is mainly remembered for being the Chief of Staff of the United States Army between the years of 1904 and 1906.  He is also the father of Adna R. Chaffee Jr., who also rose to the rank of Major General.  The reason for his inclusion here is his appearance in one documentary short from 1901.  The War In China was produced by American Mutoscope & Biograph, and was actually shot in China.  It is the only documentary film that Chaffee ever appeared in.  After his retirement from the military, he moved to Los Angeles became a civil servant, being appointed president of the Board of Public Works.  Chaffee died on the 1st of November 1914, he was 74 years of age. He is interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

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