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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1868

Vol. III

(Born Ky.)

William L. Marshall

(Ap'd Ky.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1864, to June 15, 1868, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 15, 1868.

Served: with Engineer Battalion at Willet's Point, N. Y., Oct. 1, 1868, to Aug. 28, 1870; at the Military Academy as Assistant Professor of

(Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Feb. 22, 1869)

Natural and Experimental Philosophy, Aug. 29, 1870, to Aug. 31, 1871; with Engineer Battalion at Willet's Point, N. Y., Sep. 4, 1871, to July 5,

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 21, 1871)

1872; as Assistant Engineer on Western Explorations under the orders of Lieut. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Wheeler, July 5, 1872, to Aug. 8, 1876, — and under the orders of Captain King at Chattanooga, Ten., Sep. 6, 1876, to June 18, 1877, and at Rome, Ga., June 18, 1877, to May 10, 1881; under the orders of the Mississippi River Commission, May 10, 1881, and of Improvement of Vicksburg Harbor, Sep., 1881, and Third District of the Mississippi

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, June 15, 1882)

(White River to Warrenton), Aug. 30, 1882, to Apr. 21, 1884; in charge of Harbor Improvements in Southeastern Wisconsin and of Fox and Wisconsin Rivers, May 6, 1884, to Sep. 19, 1888; in charge of various Harbor Improvements in Michigan and Wisconsin, March 10 to May 24, 1886, — of Chicago and Calumet Harbors, and Illinois and Calumet Rivers, since Mar. 31, 1888, — of Survey of Hennepin Canal, Mar. 31 to Aug. 7, 1888, — and of various Examinations, since Aug. 22, 1888; as Engineer Officer of the Division of the Missouri, since Apr. 5, 1889; and Member of various Boards on Harbor and River Improvements, 1884‑90.

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

Military History. — Served: In charge of improvement of Calumet and Chicago harbors, Chicago, Calumet, and Illinois rivers, and of the construction of the Illinois and Mississippi Canal (Hennepin Canal), 1890‑99; of the outlet of Wolf River, Ind., 1896‑99. — Engineer Officer, Division and Department of the Missouri, 1890‑92, and from 1893 to 1897. — Member of the Missouri River Commission from Nov. 6, 1897 to –––––; In charge of examinations and surveys of various rivers and harbors in the Department of the Missouri.

(Major, Corps of Engineers, May 10, 1895)

— Member of Boards of Engineers on bridges, harbors, locks, surveys, etc., 1890‑99; on bridge across Mississippi River at Clinton, Ia., March, 1890; harbor lines of Marquette, Mich., March, 1890; of Portage Lake, Mich., July, 1890; of Duluth and adjacent waters, July, 1890; at Chicago, Sept., 1890. — On duty in connection with World's Columbian Exposition, in charge Engineer Section, War Department Exhibit, 1890‑94; bridge over Chicago River at Canal Street, June, 1891; on Western Terminus Illinois and Mississippi Canal, Aug.‑Sept., 1891; on navigable  p178 pass through Sandy Lake Dam, Min., Sept., 1892; on Cascade Locks, Columbia River, Ore., Sept. and Oct., 1894; on Chicago Drainage Canal, May‑Aug., 1895; on canals from Lake Erie to Ohio River in Ohio, 1895‑97; on harbor at Michigan City, Ind., Feb., 1897; on bridge across Mississippi River at St. Louis, Mo., July‑Aug., 1899; on Lock and Dam No. 2, Mississippi River, near St. Paul, Sept., 1899; on surveys for waterway from Lake Michigan to Illinois River at La Salle, 1899; on Lock 4, Coosa River, Ala., and Lock 5, Cumberland River, Ten., Aug., 1896. — Member and president of a special commission of experts on water supply of city of Washington, Nov., 1895 to Jan., 1896. — To supervise construction of all bridges over navigable waters of the United States within the limits of the Chicago district, 1890‑99. — Inventor of various types of automatic movable dams for river improvement.

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

Military History. — In charge of defensive works at eastern and southern entrances to New York Harbor; of sea walls on Governor's David's and Bedloe's Islands, at Fort Schuyler, N. Y., and on the north and east shores at Sandy Hook, N. J.; of the improvement of New York Harbor, of North River, Ambrose Channel, Gedney Channel and Main Ship Channel; Bay Ridge, Red Hook, Gowanus Bay and Buttermilk Channels, N. Y., Jan. 1900 to –––––. Member of Board of Engineer Officers to investigate and report upon closing of draw-bridges across Passaic River and Newark Bay, N. J., Jan.‑May, 1900. In charge of improvement of rivers and harbors in New York, on Long Island Sound, on southern shore of Long Island, and of Harlem and East Rivers, New York, Feb.‑May, 1900. — Member of the Harbor Line Board, New York, Feb., 1900 to –––––. Member of Board of Officers to report upon Steel Portland Cement, March‑April, 1899. — Member of Board of Officers for preparing plans for roads, walls and buildings at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., Aug., 1900 to Jan., 1901; to form specifications for each class of cements used by the Engineer Department, Dec., 1900 to June, 1901. — In charge of the enlargement of Governor's Island, N. Y., March, 1900 to [image ALT: an underscored blank]. Member of Board of Officers for examination of Lieutenants, etc., April‑Nov., 1901. — In charge of construction of addition to building containing collection of engineering models, and the library at Willet's Point, N. Y. — Member of Board of Officers to establish boundary lines on U. S. reservation at Sandy Hook, N. J., March‑July, 1902; to consider and report upon subject of examination of officers of the Corps of Engineers, March‑April, 1902. — To supervise reconstruction of bridge across Coney Island Creek, May, 1902, to May, 1903. — In charge of preliminary examination of Shrewsbury River, N. J., with a view to obtaining an 8‑foot channel, 1902. — Member of Board of Engineer Officers to examine and report upon the Upper Hudson Improvement, July, 1902  p149 to Nov., 1903; upon the project for improving the Columbia River between foot of Dalles Rapids and the head of Celilo Falls, Oregon and Washington, July, 1902 to Oct., 1903; to consider and report upon building a breakwater to shelter the wharf at Sandy Hook Proving Ground, N. J., Oct., 1902 to Feb., 1903; to examine and report upon sites for range finder stations at Forts Wadsworth, Hamilton, Schuyler, and Slocum, N. Y., and Hancock, N. J., Dec., 1902 to April, 1903; to consider and report upon question of amending regulations for the opening of draws of bridges across Newark Bay and Hackensack and Passaic Rivers, N. J., March, 1903 to Oct., 1903; and of Board of Officers to select exact location of secondary station on Hart Island, April‑June, 1903. — In charge of survey of the Shrewsbury River, Feb.‑Oct., 1903. — Member of Board of Officers for examination for promotion of certain officers of the Corps of Engineers, June, 1903 to –––––; and to consider and report upon condition of trestle connecting Sandy Hook Proving Ground with Navesink Highlands, Nov., 1903. — Member of auxiliary boards to definitely fix and locate horizontal base lines for approved system of artillery fire central and direction, Southern and Eastern Artillery Districts of New York, April‑May, 1904.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, April 23, 1904)

— Member of Ordnance Board, New York City, July, 1903 to –––––. Supervise construction of four bridges across Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn, N. Y., May, 1904 to Feb., 1907. — Member of Boards of Officers to examine existing electrical power plants and searchlight materials, Aug., 1904. — Member of Board of Officers to collect data for submarine defense projects and report upon existing mine buildings, etc., Nov., 1904 to Jan., 1905. — In charge of preliminary examination of Bay Ridge Channel, N. Y. H., with a view to construction of a breakwater opposite wharves, March‑May, 1905. — Member of Board of Officers to prepare and submit tentative plans and specifications for a building with office and storage facilities at Coast Artillery posts, May, 1906 to –––––. Secretary and Disbursing Officer of the Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument Commission, Dec., 1905 to –––––. Member of Board of Officers to consider and report on plans proposed by District Engineer for Lock No. 1, Mississippi River, July‑Aug., 1906; to select a site for District Signal Station at Forts Hancock and Hamilton, Feb., 1907 to –––––; to meet at New Orleans, La., to report upon matters connected with improvement of Bayou Plaquemine, La., 1907; to examine and report upon plans, etc., proposed for lock in Black Rock Harbor and Channel, N. Y., June, 1907. — Member of National Advisory Board on Fuels and Structural Materials, March, 1906 to –––––; for consideration of questions pertaining to protection of seacoast forts from attack by land. — Member of the Board of Engineers, N. Y., July 3, 1907 to –––––.

(Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Aug. 27, 1907)

— Member of Board of Officers to consider and report upon certain structures obstructive to navigation in the vicinity of Atlantic City, N. J., Feb., 1908 to –––––. In charge of removal of abandoned wrecks, etc., in Lower New York Bay, 1900 to –––––.

(Brig.‑General and Chief of Engineers, July 2, 1908)

— Assumed command of the Corps of Engineers and charge of the Engineer Department, July 8, 1908. — Member of Rock Creek Park Commission and of Board of Control of Rock Creek Park, by virtue of Act of Congress approved Sept. 27, 1890. — Member of Commission on Suburban Highways, District of Columbia, by virtue of Act of Congress approved March 2, 1893. — Member of Inland Waterways Commission, July 4, 1908. — Member of Board of Commissioners of Soldiers' Home, July  p150 29, 1908. — Member of Board of Ordnance and Fortification, July 30, 1908. — In charge of the improvement of Ambrose Channel, New York Harbor, N. Y., until October 12, 1909. — Member of Board of Officers of the Army and Navy to report upon the subject of the necessary defenses for the Panama Canal, Nov. 13, 1909.

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

(William Louis Marshall, Born June 11, 1846.)

Military History. —

Brigadier-General, Chief of Engineers, July 2, 1908.

Member of Board of Officers of the Army and Navy to report upon the subject of the necessary defenses for the Panama Canal, Nov. 15, 1909.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, June 11, 1910,
By Operation of Law.

Civil History. — Appointed Consulting Engineer to Secretary of the Interior, July 2, 1910; on various Boards of Engineers on Construction Work, U. S. Reclamation Service, 1910‑1914; in charge of work of protection of lands and property in the Imperial Valley, Cal., against overflow of Colorado River through breaks in Mexican Territory, 1914‑1915; Member of Central Board of Review of Costs of all Projects of the Reclamation Service, 1915‑1916; Preliminary Examination of Upper Gila River to determine method of protection to irrigated lands against erosion and overflow, 1916; Chairman of Board of Engineers on Iron Canyon Irrigation Project, California, and of Board of Engineers investigation of the Columbia River, 1914; Chairman Departmental Board of Engineers on development and public uses in the District of Columbia of the hydro-electric installation possible at the Great Falls of the Potomac and elsewhere in the Potomac watershed, 1918.

Died July 2, 1920, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 74.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1922, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

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