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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1860

Vol. II
p746
1858

(Born D. C.)

John M. Wilson

(Ap'd Wash.)

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John Moulder Wilson: Born Oct. 8, 1837.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1855, to July 1, 1860, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Artillery, July 1, 1860.

Transferred to Ordnance, Oct. 9, 1860.

Served: as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Ft. Monroe Arsenal, Va., 1860‑61, — and at Washington Arsenal, D. C., 1860‑61.

Transferred to 1st Artillery, Jan. 14, 1861.

Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, Jan. 28, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in the Defense of Washington, D. C., Apr. to July, 1861; in the Manassas Campaign

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, May 14, 1861)

of July, 1861, being engaged in the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861; in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., July, 1861, to Mar., 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to Aug., 1861, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Battle of Williamsburg, May 4‑5, 1862, — Action of Slatersville, May 9, 1862, — Skirmish at Gaines's Mill, May 23, 1862, — Action of Mechanicsville, May 23‑24, 1862, — Battle of Gaines's Mill, June 27, 1862,

(Bvt. Captain, June 27, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Gaines's Mill, Va.)

— Battle of Malvern Hill, June 30 to July 1, 1862, — Skirmish at Harrison's

p747 (Bvt. Major, July 1, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Malvern Hill, Va.)

Landing, July 2, 1862, — and Action of Malvern Hill, Aug. 5, 1862;

(Transferred to Top. Engineers, July 24, 1862:
Corps of Engineers, Mar. 3, 1863)

in the Maryland Campaign, as Asst. Top. Engineer (Army of the Potomac), Sep.‑Oct., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of South Mountain, Sep. 14, 1862, — Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, — and Skirmish at Charlestown, Va., Oct. 17, 1862; as Superintending Engineer of the construction of the Defenses of Harper's Ferry, Va., Nov. 1, 1862, to Mar. 20, 1863; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Spanish, Mar. 30 to

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, June 1, 1863)

June 18, 1863; as Asst. Engineer of the construction of the Defenses of Baltimore, Md., June 19 to July 31, 1863; as Superintending Engineer of the construction of defensive works at Memphis, Vicksburg, and Natchez, Aug. 20, 1863, to May 26, 1864; as Asst. Inspector-General of the Military Division of West Mississippi, May 26, 1864, to Sep. 15, 1865, at

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff, U. S. Volunteers, May 26, 1864, to Sep. 15, 1865)

headquarters of Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Canby; and in the Mobile Campaign, Mar. 4 to May 4, 1865, being engaged in the Siege and Capture of Spanish

(Bvt. Colonel, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 26, 1865,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Campaign against the City of Mobile and its Defenses)

Fort, Mar. 28 to Apr. 8, 1865, — Storming of Blakely, Apr. 9, 1865, —

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, U. S. Army, Apr. 8, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Capture of Spanish Fort, Mobile Harbor)

(Bvt. Colonel, Apr. 8, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Capture of Spanish Fort and Ft. Blakely, Ala.)

Occupation of Mobile, Apr. 12, 1865, — and Surrender of General Dick Taylor's Rebel Army, at Citronelle, Ala., May 4, 1865.

Served: in charge of construction of Fort at Ship Island, Mis., and Defenses of New Orleans, La., Sep. 16, 1865 to Jan. 10, 1866; in command of Engineer Depot and Company, at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., and in charge of disposition of Engineer property in Arkansas and Missouri, Jan. 28 to Sep. 4, 1866; as Asst. Engineer in the Improvement of the Hudson River, Sep. 4, 1866, to Jan. 21, 1871; as Superintending Engineer of Fts.

(Major, Corps of Engineers, June 3, 1867)

Ontario and Niagara, N. Y., Jan. 22, 1871, to Dec. 1, 1875, — of Harbor Improvements on Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River, N. Y., Jan. 22, 1871, to Dec. 22, 1875, — of Surveys for Harbors at Bear and Big Sandy Creeks, N. Y., Canal around St. Lawrence Rapids, at Waddington, N. Y., and for the Third Sub-Division of the Northern Transportation Route from the Great Lakes to Tide-water, Jan. 22, 1871, to Dec. 1, 1875, — and of Improvements of Willamette, Columbia, and Snake Rivers, Canal around the Cascades, Defenses at the mouth of Columbia River, Examination of Puyallup River, and for Canal to connect Shoalwater Bay, Wash., with the Columbia River, Dec. 27, 1876, to Oct. 21, 1878; as Engineer of Thirteenth Light-house District (Coast of Oregon and Washington Territory), Dec. 27, 1875, to Oct. 21, 1878, — and of the Harbor Improvements on Lake Erie west of Presque Isle, Pa., Dec., 1878, to Oct. 24, 1882; and as Member of various Boards of Engineers for the Improvement of p748Harbors on the Lakes, 1871‑75, — and of Works under his charge in the Northern Pacific territory, 1876‑78; as Engineer of Tenth Light-house District, June 30 to Dec. 1, 1881; as Assistant to the Chief of Engineers, at Washington, D. C., Oct. 26, 1882, to Dec. 18, 1886; on duty in California connected with proposed restraining barriers on the Yuba, American, and Bear Rivers, Aug. 2‑29, 1883; in charge of Public Buildings

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 17, 1884)

and Grounds in the District of Columbia, with the rank of Colonel, June 1, 1885, to Sep. 7, 1889, — of Improvements over the grave of Thomas Jefferson, at Monticello, Va., and erection of a monument to mark the birthplace of George Washington, Oct. 20, 1886, to Sep. 10, 1889, — of erection of President Garfield statue, Oct. 20, 1886, to Dec., 1887, — of building Army Medical Museum and Library, Oct. 20, 1886, to Jan., 1889, — of monument at Washington's headquarters, Newburg, N. Y., Oct. 20, 1886, to Oct. 13, 1888, — of placing memorial tablets to mark the positions of each command of the Regular Army engaged at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., Oct. 13, 1887, to May 21, 1889, — of devising system of underground electric communication between government offices at Washington, D. C., Mar. 26 to Apr. 9, 1888, — of completion of Washington Monument, Apr. 4, 1888, to Sep. 7, 1889, — and of increasing water supply of the city of Washington and erection of fish-ways at Great Falls of Potomac River, Mar. 6 to July 17, 1889; as Member of the Light-house Board, Aug. 17, 1888, to Sep. 10, 1889, — and of various Engineer Boards on River and Harbor Improvements, Bridge Constructions, etc., 1879‑90; and as Superintendent of the U. S. Military Academy, since Aug. 17, 1889.

Civil History. — Degree of LL. D. conferred by Columbianº University, Washington, D. C., 1890.

Vol. IV
p118
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. —

Medal of Honor

for most distinguished gallantry in action at Malvern Hill, Va., Aug. 6, 1862, in remaining on duty while suffering from an acute illness and very weak, and participating with distinguished gallantry in the action of that date; while 1st Lieutenant, Corps of Engineers, serving with Batteries B and L, 2d U. S. Artillery. — Superintendent U. S. Military Academy, from Aug. 17, 1889 until March 31, 1893. In charge of Public Buildings and Grounds in the District of Columbia; of the telegraph system connecting the Capitol with various Departments; of the Washington monument; of the construction of a monument and iron wharf at birthplace of Washington; of the reconstruction of Ford's Theatre building, Washington, D. C.; of the erection of the monument to General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Hancock, Washington, D. C.; of the erection of the new building and repair and enlargement of old building at Government Printing-Office, Washington, D. C.; of the erection of the monument to Dr. Gross in Washington; in charge of the repair and enlargement of the War Department printing-office and of the building in which President Lincoln died, Washington, D. C.; in charge of the care and safety of certain buildings in Washington city, occupied by the War Department, between March 31, 1893 and Feb. 6, 1897. — Member of the Lighthouse Board, from March 31, 1893 until April 16, 1897. — Division Engineer of the Northeast Engineering Division of the United States, including the New England States, New York, a portion of New Jersey, and the harbors on Lake Erie.

(Colonel Corps of Engineers, March 31, 1895)

(Brig.‑General, Staff — Chief of Engineers, Feb. 1, 1897)

— In charge of Engineer Department, Washington, D. C., Feb. 1, 1897 to –––––; Member of Commission appointed by the President of the United States, Sept. 24, 1898, to investigate the conduct of the War Department during the war with Spain. — Member of Board of Ordnance and Fortification, Jan. 22, 1900 to ––––

Civil History. — Member of American Society of Civil Engineers; Past President Society of Civil Engineers of Cleveland, O. — Member of the Washington Academy of Sciences.

Vol. V
p96
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. —

(Brigadier-General — Chief of Engineers U. S. Army)

in charge of Engineer Department U. S. Army until

April 30th 1901, when Retired in Accordance with Law

— Member of Board of Ordnance and Fortifications until

April 30th 1901, when Retired in Accordance with Law

p97 — Member of the Brownsville Court of Inquiry, convened in accordance with the Act of Congress, approved March 3, 1909, from April 7th, 1909 to –––––.

Civil History. — Member of the Anthracite Coal Strike Commission, appointed by the President of the United States, October, 1902 until March, 1903. — Member and President of the Board of Visitors U. S. Military Academy, West Point, N. Y., June, 1904. — Member of the Federal Commission to investigate the disaster to Steamer General Slocum, June-October, 1904. — President Federal Commission in connection with sale of Choctaw-Chickasaw Coal Lands, 1904‑1905. — Chairman Citizens' Presidential Inaugural Committee, December, 1904 to March, 1905. — President Columbia Hospital for Women, D. C., 1902‑1907. — President Washington, D. C., Board of Trade, 1905‑1907. — Member and Secretary of Board of Trustees, Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation of the District of Columbia. — Member of Board of Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C. — Member of the Washington Monument Association, Washington, D. C. — Member and Vice-President for the District of Columbia, of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association. — Member of the Board of Managers of the National Geographic Society. — Residence, Washington, D. C.

Vol. VI
p88
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(John Moulder Wilson, Born Oct. 8, 1837.)

Military History. —

Medal of Honor.

Brigadier-General, Chief of Engineers, Feb. 1, 1897.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, April 30, 1901,
at His Own Request, after Over 40 Years of Service.

Civil History. — Member and Secretary of Board of Trustees, Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation of the District of Columbia; member of Board of Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C; member of the Washington Monument Association, Washington, D. C; member and Vice-President for the District of Columbia, of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association; member of the Board of Managers of the National Geographic Society. Residence, Washington, D. C.

Died, Feb. 1, 1919, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 81.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1919.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.


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