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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1873

Vol. III
p207
2470

(Born Ala.)

William Trentº Rossell1

(Ap'd N. J.)

3

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, 1876; at the Military Academy, as Assistant Professor of Engineering, Aug. 30, 1876, to Aug. 28, 1880; as Assistant to Colonel

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Sep. 12, 1877)

Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Thom, Sep. 6, 1880 (leave of absence, Dec. 22, 1881, to Mar. 14, 1882), to Mar. 18, 1882, and to Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Gillmore, Mar., 1882 (temporarily to Capt. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Post, Nov. 27, 1882, to Apr., 1883), to Aug. 7, 1884; in charge of

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 17, 1884)

Fts. Taylor and Jefferson, Fla., Aug. 30, 1884, to Nov. 16, 1885, and Ft. Marion, Fla., Aug. 20, 1884, to Apr. 26, 1886, — of River and Harbor Improvements and Surveys, Aug. 15, 1884, to Apr. 26, 1886, — of levees and improvements of Third District of Mississippi River (White River to Warrenton) since May 14, 1886, and temporarily of First and Second Districts, Mar. 26 to July 7, 1888.

Vol. IV
p230
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Engineer Commissioner, D. C., Nov., 1892 to May, 1893. — Leave of absence, May, 1893 to Nov., 1893. — At Willets Point, N. Y., commanding Company B, Battalion of Engineers, May, 1893 to July 1, 1895; commanding Battalion of Engineers and post of Willets Point, July 1 to Nov. 8, 1895. — At Mobile, Ala., in charge of river and harbor works and fortifications, Alabama and Mississippi, Nov. 8, 1895 to ––––

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Jan. 6, 1896)

— Member of Boards of Engineers to examine officers of the corps for promotion, 1898; on Aransas Pass, Tex., and Biscayne Bay, Fla., to ––––

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

Military History. — At Mobile, Ala., in charge of river and harbor works and fortifications, Alabama and Mississippi, Nov. 8, 1895, to Sept. 9, 1901. — At General Lighthouse Depot, Staten Island, N. Y., as Engineer 3d Lighthouse District, Sept. 17, 1901 to Aug. 8, 1906.

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

— Member, Mississippi River Commission, Aug. 8, 1906 to –––––. At Cincinnati, O., in charge of improvement of Ohio River, from Aug. 15, 1906 to –––––. Engineer 14th Lighthouse District from Sept. 12, 1906 to –––––. Division Engineer, Central Division, Feb. 15, 1908 to –––––.

p200 (Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 28, 1908)

— Member of Boards of Engineers to examine officers of the corps for promotion, 1898; on Aransas Pass, Tex., to Nov. 22, 1897; on Biscayne Bay, Fla., to April 9, 1900; upon Survey of Connecticut River between Hartford, Conn., and Holyoke, Mass., to Aug. 11, 1904; to examine the United States canal and Tennessee River to Nov. 7, 1907; on construction or modification of locks and dams on Ohio River to –––––.

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

(Born Oct. 11, 1849.)

Military History. —

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

Member Mississippi River Commission, Aug. 8, 1906, to May 28, 1913; at Cincinnati, O., in charge of improvement of Ohio River, Aug. 15, 1906, to October, 1909; Engineer 14th Lighthouse District, Sept. 12, 1906, to October, 1909; Division Engineer, Central Division, Feb. 15, 1908, to October, 1909;

(Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 28, 1908)

Member of Lighthouse Board, October, 1909, to July 1, 1910; Division Engineer, Eastern Division, and in charge of river and harbor improvements in northeastern New Jersey, Oct. 5, 1909, to June 14, 1913; Senior Member of the permanent Board of Engineers for Fortifications and of the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors, Senior Member of the New York Harbor Line Board, and President of the New York Board for the examination of officers of the Corps of Engineers for promotion, October, 1909, to June 13, 1913;

(Brigadier-General, Chief of Engineers, Aug. 12, 1913)

In command of the Corps of Engineers and in charge of the Engineer Department, Aug. 12 to Oct. 11, 1913; Member of Board of Ordnance and Fortification, of Rock Creek Park Commission, of Board of Control of Rock Creek Park, of Commission on Suburban Highways, District of p180Columbia, of Board for the Erection and Completion of Fire-Proof Laboratories and other buildings for the Bureau of Mines, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, Oct. 11, 1913,
By Operation of Law.

Called into active service by the President on April 17, 1917. At New York, N. Y., in charge of river and harbor work in the 3rd New York and Porto Rico Engineer Districts from April 17, 1917; Member of the Board of Engineers and of the New York and Boston Harbor Line Boards from April 23, 1917; detailed for consultation or to superintend the construction or repair of any aid to navigation authorized by Congress in the 3rd and 9th Lighthouse Districts from May 7, 1917; Member of the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors from June 15, 1917; Member of Boards of Engineer Officers to consider regulations governing fishing structures in the 2nd and 3rd New York and Wilmington Engineer Districts from July 5, 1917; for examination of applicants for commissions in the Engineer Officers' Reserve Corps, and for examination of candidates for railway regiments in connection with Engineer Officers' Reserve Corps from July 5, 1917; Division Engineer, Northeast Division, Oct. 11, 1917; relieved from active service, Nov. 21, 1918.

Died, Oct. 11, 1919, at New Brighton, S. I., N. Y.: Aged 70.

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

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1924.

Buried, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC.


The Author's Note:º

1 Son of Brevet Major William H. Rossell, U. S. A., retired; grandson of Major Z. Rossell, 1st Infantry, U. S. A., 1815.


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