Captain Judah served briefly at Ft. Steilacoom in 1860 as commander of Company E/4th Infantry. He graduated from the USMA in 1843, 35th out of 39, and he was assigned initially to the 8th Infantry Regiment.
During the Mexican War, Judah fought with the 4th Infantry and received recognition for his bravery at Molino del Ray and Chapultepec. He served at various posts on the Pacific Coast during the 1850s. At one point, he assumed command of Ft. Simcoe near today’s Yakima during Major Garnett’s 1858 expedition.
At the outbreak of Civil War, Judah accepted a colonelcy with the 4th California Volunteer Infantry. In 1862, Col. Judah was promoted to Brigadier General. A commander in several Western Theater fights, Brig. General Judah commanded the 2nd Division of the 23rd Corps during the Atlanta Campaign.
Issues stemming from his use of alcohol (dating back to the 1850s) and criticism of his command decisions contributed to his assignment to staff duties during the last year of the war. After the Civil War, Judah and his family were assigned to Plattsburg, NY where he died in 1866 at age 45.
Henry Moses Judah