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Philip Lodge was a North American military leader during the Rocky Mountain War of 1845 - 1855. General Lodge commanded the Northern Confederation militia from 1845 to 1848. After the outbreak of the war in September 1845, Lodge's troops began clearing Mexican soldiers and prospectors from the disputed area between Vandalia and Mexico del Norte, completing the task by January 1846. In March, Lodge and General Harry Chapin of Indiana invaded Mexico del Norte and began to advance on the capital city, Conyers. In late August, a Mexican army accompanied by a Cheyenne war party led by Chief Running Deer defeated the two North American armies at Arroyo de Dios, killing 10,000 of Lodge's troops. Lodge and Chapin were forced to withdraw to Vandalia. In 1847 and 1848, Lodge led his army into Mexico del Norte again, and again was defeated by the Mexicans. Sobel makes no further mention of Lodge.

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Main battle sites of the Mexico del Norte campaigns of 1846-48.

Fort Lodge, the capital city of Southern Vandalia, was named after General Lodge.

Sobel's source for Philip Lodge's military career during the Rocky Mountain War is General Sir Hugh Brandon's The Lodge Campaign of 1845-48 (London, 1882).

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