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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1863

Vol. II
p866
1995

(Born D. C.)

John R. Meigs1

(Ap'd at Large)

1

John Rodgers Meigs: Born Feb. 9, 1841, Washington, DC.

Military History. — Cadet2 at the Military Academy, Sep. 7, 1859, to June 11, 1863, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 11, 1863.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1863‑64: as Asst. Engineer in the construction of the Defenses of Baltimore, Md., and in opening the communications with Harper's Ferry, before the retreat of General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Lee's Rebel Army from Gettysburg, June 15 to July 23, 1863, being engaged in a Skirmish near Harper's Ferry, July, 1863; as Engineer on the staff of Brig.‑General Kelly, commanding Department of West Virginia, July 23 to Nov. 23, 1863, being engaged in making Surveys, Reconnoissances, and various Works of Defense, and, as Engineer and Acting Aide-de‑Camp to Brig.‑General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Averell, participated in the Combat of Rocky Gap, near White Sulphur Springs, Aug. 26, 1863, — Action of Droop Mountain, Nov. 6, 1863, — and Pursuit of the enemy, Nov. 6‑18, 1863; as Chief Engineer of the Department of West Virginia, Nov. 3, 1863, to Aug. 17, 1864, being engaged in the "Salem Raid" to the Tennessee Railroad, to destroy General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Longstreet's supplies, Dec. 8‑25, 1863, — in General Sigel's Raid upon Staunton, May, 1864, participating in the Combat of New Market, May 15, 1864, — in General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Hunter's Lynchburg Raid, June, 1864, participating in the Combat of Piedmont, June 5, 1864, — and Combat of Diamond Hill, near Lynchburg, June 17‑18, 1864, — and Movement up the Shenandoah Valley and down the Kanawha River, June to Aug., 1864; as Chief Engineer of the Middle Military Division, and Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Sheridan in the Shenandoah Campaign, Aug. 17 to Oct. 3, 1864, being engaged in the Battle of Opequan, Sep. 19, 1864, — Battle of Fisher's

(Bvt. Captain, Sep. 19, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Opequan, Va.)

Hill, Sep. 22, 1864, — and Reconnoissance, Oct. 3, 1864, returning from

(Bvt. Major, Sep. 22, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Fisher's Hill, Va.)

which, when within our lines, he was

Killed, Oct. 3, 1864, by Guerrillas,a near Harrisonburg, Va.: Aged 22.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.


The Author's Notes:

1 Son of Bvt. Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Montgomery C. Meigs, Quartermaster-General, U. S. Army.

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2 Served while a Cadet on leave of absence from the Military Academy, as Volunteer Aide-de‑Camp to Colonel Richardson, commanding 2d Michigan Volunteers at the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861.


Thayer's Note:

a The (controversial) details of Maj. Meigs' death are given at Michael Robert Patterson's page.


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