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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1865

Vol. III

(Born Mas.)

William R. Livermore

(Ap'd Mas.)


William Roscoe Livermore: Born Jan. 11, 1843.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1861, to June 23, 1865, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 23, 1865.

Served: as Asst. Engineer in the construction of Ft. Taylor, Key West, Fla., Nov. 27, 1865, to June 30, 1866; with Engineer Battalion, at Willet's Point, N. Y., July 7 to Oct. 13, 1866; as Assistant Engineer in the construction of Ft. Taylor, Key West, Fla., Nov. 8, 1866, to July 24, 1868, — and of the Defenses of Baltimore, Md., Aug. to Nov., 1868; on leave of absence in Cuba, Nov. 18, 1868, to May 29, 1869; as Assistant Engineer under the orders of Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Simpson, May 29 to Sep. 17, 1869, — and on the Geodetic Survey of the Northern Lakes, Sep. 24, 1869, to

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Jan. 22, 1870)

May 26, 1874; at Willet's Point, N. Y., in command of Engineer Company, June 9, 1874, to July 5, 1878 (Special service at Baltimore, Md., July‑Aug., 1877); as Chief Engineer of the Department of Texas, July 10, 1878, to Mar. 15, 1886; in charge of protection of river bank at Ft. Brown, Tex., Apr. 5, 1879, to Mar. 15, 1880; as Member of

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 12, 1884)

Boundary Commission to mark line between Indian Territory and Texas, Sep. 24, 1885, to Apr., 1887; in charge of Improvement of Missouri River from its mouth to Sioux City, Ia., May 31 to Oct. 25, 1886, and of Money and Property pertaining thereto, to Jan. 31, 1887; waiting orders, Oct. 25, 1886, to Feb. 19, 1887; in charge of Works of Defense, Harbor and River Improvements, Surveys, Removal of Wrecks, Bridge Protection, etc., in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, since Apr. 1, 1887; and as Member of various Engineer Boards, 1887‑90.

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

Military History. — Stationed at Newport, R. I., in charge of fortification and river and harbor works in southeastern Massachusetts and in Rhode Island, April 1, 1887 to Dec. 7, 1891. — Boston, Mas., Engineer 1st and 2d Lighthouse Districts, Dec. 7, 1891 to May 28, 1908.

(Lieut.‑Colonel and Chief Engineer U. S. Volunteers, May 9, 1898)

— Chief Engineer, 7th Army Corps, June 3, 1898 to March 10, 1899. — Military Attaché to the U. S. Legations at Copenhagen, Denmark, and Stockholm, Sweden, March 10, 1899. — Stationed at Copenhagen, Denmark, since April 28, 1899.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, July 5, 1898)

(Volunteer Commission Vacated, July 5, 1898)

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

Military History. — Stationed at Copenhagen, Denmark, April 28, 1899 to April, 1902 — Temporarily in the office of Chief of Engineers, June 3 to July 10, 1902. — On the Board of Engineers in New York July 10, 1902 to Jan. 11, 1907. — On the staff of the commanding general of the Department of the East, January 12, 1903

(Colonel, Corps of Engineers, April 23, 1904)

to Jan. 15, 1904. — In charge of river and harbor works in New Jersey, June 13, 1904 to Oct. 26, 1906. — In charge of river and harbor works in New York, March 17, 1905 to Sept. 5, 1906.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired Jan. 11, 1907, by operation of law.

Civil History. — Member of American Historical Association. — Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences. — Member of Massachusetts Historical Society. — Member of Massachusetts Military Historical Society. — Member of American Antiquarian Society. — Author of American Kriegspiel, Houghton-Mifflin & Co., Boston, 1882, and W. B. Clarke Co., Boston, 1898;​a Manoeuvres for Infantry, Principles and Forms, Chas. Scribner's Sons, N. Y., 1888. — Post-office address, 17 Hereford Street, Boston, Mass.

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

(William Roscoe Livermore, Born Jan. 11, 1843.)

Military History. —

Colonel, Corps of Engineers, April 23, 1904.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Jan. 11, 1907, by operation of law.

Resided at Boston, Mass., until recalled to active duty, May 10, 1917; at Washington, D. C., on special duty under orders of the Chief of Engineers, May 15, 1917, to ––––

Civil History. — Author of Story of the Civil War, Part III, in continuation of the Story of the Civil War by John C. Ropes; author of Historical Atlas of the World, showing the boundaries of states, tribes, etc., in Europe, Asia and Northern Africa for every ten or twenty years in historic, and at longer intervals in prehistoric times; author of articles for Scientific and Historical Societies.

Died, Sept. 26, 1919, at New York, N. Y.: Aged 76.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1920.º

Thayer's Note:

a For Kriegspiel — the war game designed for the use of professional armies, a 19c development — and Col. Livermore's system, see this very thorough article by Robert Mosher (to whom thanks for the heads‑up)

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