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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1865

Vol. III
p35
2057

(Born Pa.)

Thomas H. Handbury

(Ap'd Pa.)

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Thomas Henry Handbury: Born Oct. 15, 1841, Brownsville, PA.a

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

Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, June 23, 1865.

Served: in garrison at Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Harbor, Cal., Oct. 1, 1865, to July 4, 1866; as Asst. Engineer in making Survey of

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, May 1, 1866)

(Transferred, June 2, 1866,
to Rank as First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, May 1, 1866)

Point Lobos, San Francisco Harbor, Cal., July 4, 1866, to Jan. 10, 1867, — in the construction of the Defenses of Fort Point, San Francisco Harbor, Cal., Jan. 10, 1867, to June, 1868, — and in making Military Surveys for Defense of San Francisco, Cal., June, 1868, to Jan., 1871; as Recorder of the Board of Engineers for Pacific Coast, Jan., 1871, to Aug. 22, 1872;

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Sep. 5, 1871)

at the Military Academy as Assistant Professor of Engineering, Sep. 2, 1872, to Aug. 30, 1876; at Willet's Point, N. Y., in command of Engineer Company, Sep. 1, 1876, to July 15, 1878 (Special duty at Baltimore, Md., July 17 to Aug. 17, 1877); and as Assistant Engineer under the orders of Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Suter, July 18, 1878, to Feb. 1, 1881; in charge of Surveys, p36River, and Hot Spring Improvements in Arkansas and Kansas, Feb. 1, 1885, to July 30, 1883; as Engineer Officer of the Division of the Missouri, Dec. 15, 1883, to Apr. 5, 1888; in charge of various River and

(Major, Corps of Engineers, June 2, 1884)

Harbor Improvements and Surveys in Illinois, Dec. 19, 1884, to Mar. 31, 1888; as Engineer of Thirteenth Light-house District, since Apr. 11, 1888; in charge of Defenses, River and Harbor Improvements, Surveys, etc., in Oregon and Washington, since Apr. 13, 1888; and as Member of various Engineer Boards on River and Harbor Improvements, Construction of Bridges, etc., 1882‑90.

Vol. IV
p150
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Served: Superintending certain river and harbor improvements in the States of Oregon and Washington, including the construction of the jetty at the mouth of the Columbia River, and the construction of the locks at Cascades, Ore., also in charge of defenses at mouth of the Columbia River, from April 13, 1888 to Nov. 30, 1893. — Member of Board of Engineer Officers to report upon Mining Débris question in State of California, Oct. 23, 1888 to Feb. 9, 1891. — To establish harbor lines at various points on Columbia River and in Puget Sound waters, June 20, 1890 to Nov. 30, 1893. — On Harbor of Refuge at Port Orford, Ore., Sept. 30 to Nov. 19, 1890. — On ship canal to connect Lakes Union, Washington, and Samish with Puget Sound, Sept. 30, 1890 to Dec. 15, 1891. — To submit a project for improving mouth of Siuslaw River, Ore., from April 15, 1891 to July 6, 1891. — To report upon bridges over the Willamette River at Portland, Ore., April 18 to June 13, 1892. — To report upon a proposed deep-water harbor at San Pedro or Santa Monica Bays, Cal., July 27 to Oct. 27, 1892. — To report upon jurisdiction of Cape Disappointment Light Station, Dec., 1892. — To report upon certain improvements of the mouth of the Columbia River, Feb. 11 to May 27, 1893. — Engineer 13th Lighthouse District, April 11, 1888 to Feb. 19, 1894 (superintended erection of first order lights at Destruction Island, Wash., and Cape Meares, Heceta Head, and Mouth of Umpqua River, Ore.). — Superintending Engineer, Louisville and Portland canal, and improving Ohio River in vicinity of Louisville, Ky., and improving Wabash and White rivers, Dec. 8, 1893 to May 12, 1894. — Member of Board of Engineer Officers to locate lock and dam No. 7, on the Kentucky River, Feb. to April, 1894. — Superintending engineer improvement of certain rivers and harbors in the State of Florida, and in charge of the defenses at Key West, Fla., May 15, 1894 to Jan. 4, 1895. — (Leave of absence, July 15 to Oct. 15, 1895.) — Member of Board of Engineer Officers to report upon improvement of Cumberland Sound, Ga., and St. John River, Fla., Sept. 25 to Dec. 19, 1895. — Superintending engineer improvement of the Mississippi River from the mouth of the Missouri to the mouth of the Ohio, and of snagging operations in the Mississippi River below the mouth of the Ohio, Jan. 13, 1896 to Mar. 22, 1899. — Member of Mississippi River Commission, Jan. 14, 1896 to [image ALT: an underscored blank]; Member of Missouri River Commission, Jan. 14, 1896 to [image ALT: an underscored blank]; Member of Board of Engineer Officers to consider questions relating to Harbor of Refuge at Santa Monica, Cal., Jan. 20 to Jan. 29, 1896. — Member of a Board of Engineer Officers to report upon the plans for a bridge to be built across the Mississippi between the city of St. Louis, Mo., and St. Clair Co., Ill., from Jan. 26, 1898 to July 11, 1899. — Engineer 11th Lighthouse District, March 25, 1899 to [image ALT: an underscored blank].

Vol. V
p119
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Member Mississippi River Com., Jan. 14, 1896 to Jan. 22, 1902. — Member Missouri River Com., Jan. 14, 1896 to Jan. 22, 1902. — Member of Board of Engineer Officers to consider questions relating to Harbor of Refuge at Santa Monica, Cal., Jan. 20 to Jan. 29, 1896. — Member of a Board of Engineer Officers to report upon the plans for a bridge to be built across the Mississippi between the city of St. Louis, Mo., and St. Clair Co., Ill., from Jan. 26, 1898 to July 11, 1899. — Engineer 11th Lighthouse District, March 25, 1899 to Nov. 2, 1901. — Preparing plans and specifications for hydraulic dredges, Jan. 12, 1900 to March 20, 1901. — Member of Board of Engineer Officers to report upon proposed plans for changes in bridges over Allegheny River at Pittsburg, Pa., March, 1900.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, April 30, 1901)

— Member of Board of Engineer Officers to consider and report upon certain matters relating to Illinois and Mississippi Canal, May 22, 1901 to July 3, 1901. — Division Engineer of the Central Division, July 25, p1201901 to Jan. 15, 1902. — Member of Board of Engineer Officers to consider and report upon improvement of falls of Ohio at Indiana Chute, Oct. 29, 1901 to Dec., 1901. — Relieved from duty with Mississippi river and Missouri river commissions, Jan. 22, 1902. — In charge of construction of military defense works, San Francisco Harbor, Cal., Jan. 28, 1902 to Oct. 15, 1905. — In charge of defense works San Diego Harbor, Cal., Jan. 28 to March 31, 1902. — In charge of improvement of harbors at Wilmington, Cal., San Diego, San Pedro and San Luis Obispo, Cal., Jan. 28 to March 31, 1902. — Engineer 12th Lighthouse District, Jan. 31, 1902 to Oct. 15, 1905. — Member of Board of Engineer Officers to consider and report upon harbor lines in San Francisco Harbor and adjacent waters, and of Board to make surveys for improvement of Sacramento and Feather Rivers, Cal., and of Board to examine certain officers for promotion, Jan. 28, 1902 to Oct. 15, 1905. — Member of Board of Officers for determining location of position-finding station for defenses of San Francisco Harbor, Cal. — Member of Board of Engineer Officers to establish Harbor lines for San Pedro Harbor, Cal. — Member of Board of Officers to consider and report upon domestic cements manufactured on the Pacific Coast. — Member of California Debris Commission to regulate hydraulic mining in certain localities in the State of California, Sept. 10, 1903 to Oct. 15, 1905. — Member of Board to consider and report upon proposed channel in Gray Harbor, Wash. — Engineer Officer on Staff of Commanding General, Pacific Division, Dec. 22, 1903 to June 10, 1904. — Division Engineer of the Pacific Division and Member of the Board of Engineers when it had under consideration subjects relating to the fortifications in the Pacific Division, Dec. 16, 1904

(Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 16, 1905)

to Oct. 15, 1905.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired Oct. 15, 1905, by operation of law.

Vol. VI
p110
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Thomas Henry Handbury, Born Oct. 15, 1841.)

Military History. —

Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 16, 1905.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Oct. 15, 1905,
By Operation of Law.

Civil History. — After retirement spent much of his time abroad, resided in Yokohama, Japan, thence in Germany, in Tientsin, China, 1911, and for the next four years in Vevey, Switzerland.

Died April 20, 1915, at Berne, Switzerland: Aged 73.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1917.


Thayer's Note:

a His birthplace is from his AOG obituary.


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