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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1873

Vol. III
p206
2468

(Born Mas.)

William H. Bixby

(Ap'd Mas.)

1

Born Charlestown, MA.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1869, to June 13, 1873, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 13, 1873.

Served: with Engineer Battalion at Willet's Point, N. Y., Oct. 1, 1873, to Aug. 28, 1875; at the Military Academy, as Assistant Professor of Engineering, Aug. 28, 1875, to Aug. 28, 1877, — and Principal Assistant

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Dec. 9, 1875)

Professor, Aug. 28, 1877, to Aug. 28, 1879; on professional duty in p207Europe, Aug. 28, 1879, to July 1, 1882; on duty with Engineer Battalion at Willet's Point, N. Y., as Adjutant, Treasurer, Signal and Recruiting

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Apr. 16, 1883)

Officer, and in command of company, July 1, 1882, to July 1, 1883; in preparing Report of Investigations in Europe, July 24, 1883, to Aug., 1884; on sick leave of absence, Sep. 24 to Nov. 24, 1883; in charge of Ft. Macon, N. C., since Aug. 12, 1884, and of Ft. Caswell, N. C., since Apr. 23, 1888, — of various River and Harbor Improvements in North and South Carolina, since Aug. 12, 1884; as Assistant to Col. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Craighill on Improvement of Cape Fear River, Aug. 12, 1884, to Jan. 15, 1885; Examining and reporting on stability of Buildings injured by Charleston Earthquake, Sep. 4 to Oct. 4, 1886; in supervision of Cape Fear Bridge at Fayetteville, N. C.; and as Member of various Engineer Boards, 1888‑90.

Civil History. — Decorated with the Order of the Legion of Honor for assisting at the military manoeuvres of the French Army, 1880.

Vol. IV
p229
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

(William Herbert Bixby)

Military History. — In charge of river, harbor, and fortification work of southern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and eastern Connecticut, Aug., 1891 to Sept., 1895; at Philadelphia, Pa., as Engineer of 4th Lighthouse District, Oct., 1895 to Sept., 1897; at Cincinnati, O., in charge of river and harbor improvements of entire Ohio River and of its tributaries from Pittsburg to Cincinnati, Sept., 1897 to June, 1899; and Engineer and Inspector of 14th Lighthouse District, April, 1898 to March, p2301899; and member of numerous river, harbor, and bridge Engineer Boards, 1884 to 1899.

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Oct. 2, 1895)

Civil History. — Member of American and French Societies of Civil Engineers, of British Association of Civil Engineers, of American Society of Mining Engineers, and of U. S. Military Service Institution, Cavalry Association, and Naval Institute.

Vol. V
p199
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — At Cincinnati, O., in charge of river and harbor improvements of entire Ohio River and of its tributaries from Pittsburg to Cincinnati, Sept., 1897 to Jan., 1902; and Engineer and Inspector of 14th Lighthouse District, April, 1898 to March, 1899; at Detroit, Mich., in charge of river and harbor improvements Detroit and St. Mary's River and Ship Channel, Buffalo to Duluth, Jan., 1902 to March, 1904.

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

— On sick leave, 1904; at Chicago, Ill., April, 1905, to date (1908) in charge of South Lake Michigan District and Northwest and Western Divisions of river and harbor improvements; Chief Engineer, Department of Lakes, since July, 1907.

(Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 14, 1908)

— President Mississippi River Commission from March, 1908; and member of numerous river, harbor, bridge and cement Engineer Boards, 1884 to 1908.

(Brigadier-General, Chief of Engineers, U. S. A., June 11, 1910)

Civil History. — Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, National Geographic Society, American and British Associations for Advancement of Science, International Congress of Roads, International Congress of Navigation, American Economic Association, American Academy of Political and Social Science, American Association for Labor Legislation, National Municipal League, American Society for Promotion of Engineering Education, Washington Academy of Sciences, American and International Societies for Testing Materials. — Pamphlets: Charleston Earthquake of 1886, 12 pp., 8vo., 1887. (For others, see Bibliography in recent, Royal 8vo., Centennial History of West Point Military Academy.)

Vol. VI
p179
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(William Herbert Bixby, Born Dec. 27, 1849.)

Military History. —

Brigadier-General, Chief of Engineers, June 12, 1910.

Accompanied National Waterways Commission to Europe, Aug. 5 to Oct. 23, 1909; Member of Board of Ordnance and Fortification, June 15, 1910; Member of Joint Board on Defenses of Panama Canal, July 28, 1910; President of Board for Construction of Waterway from Lockport, Ill., to the mouth of the Illinois River, Sept. 8, 1910.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, Aug. 11, 1913,
At His Own Request, After Over 40 Years' Service.

Recalled to active service, 1917; from June 1, 1917, Division Engineer, Western Division River and Harbor Improvements; supervision of District Engineer Offices at Kansas City, St. Louis, Little Rock and Vicksburg, covering work in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi; from July 12, 1917, President Mississippi River Commission, Supervision of District Engineer Offices at St. Louis, Memphis, Vicksburg, and New Orleans, covering work of levees from Rock Island to Cairo, Ill., and levees, bank protection, snagging and dredging from Cairo to head of Passes in Gulf of Mexico; from Sept. 17, 1917, Inspector 15th Lighthouse District, covering lights and buoys in Mississippi from mouth of Missouri River to Gulf of Mexico.

Vol. VII
p114
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Brigadier-General, Chief of Engineers, June 12, 1910.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, Aug. 11, 1913,
At His Own Request, After Over 40 Years' Service.

Died, Sept. 29, 1928, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 79.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1929.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.


Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Bixby's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.


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