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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1878

Vol. III
p295
2717

(Born at Sea)

George McC. Derby1

(Ap'd at Large)

1

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1874, to June 13, 1878, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 14, 1878.

Served: with Engineer Battalion at Willet's Point, N. Y., Sep. 30, 1878, to May 28, 1881; as Assistant Engineer in Removing Hell Gate

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Jan. 2, 1881)

Obstructions, N. Y., May 28, 1881 (leave of absence, Aug. 13 to Oct. 26, 1883) to July 22, 1888; in charge of River and Harbor Improvements in Northeastern New Jersey, Dec. 23, 1886, to Jan. 7, 1888 (leave of absence,

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Apr. 7, 1888)

Jan. 7 to Apr. 7, 1888) and Apr. 13 to Dec. 6, 1888; in temporary charge of Fortifications, River, Harbor and Channel Improvements, East River Bridge, and Surveys, in and about New York Harbor, July 23, 1888, to Jan. 3, 1889; in charge of Survey and Improvement of Arthur Kill, Aug. 16 to Dec. 10, 1888; as Member of Board on Improvement of Buffalo and Erie Harbors, Dec., 1888; at the Military Academy as Instructor of Practical Military Engineering, Acting Signal Officer, in command  p296 of Engineer Company, and in charge of Water Works, since Jan. 4, 1889; and supervising the erection of Monument at Washington's Headquarters, Newburg, N. Y., since Jan. 4, 1889.

Vol. IV
p294
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

(George McClellan Derby)

Military History. — Served: As Instructor of Practical Military Engineering, U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., and commanding Company E, Battalion of Engineers, 1890 to March, 1893; Assistant to Engineer Commissioner of the District of Columbia, March, 1893 to Nov., 1894. — In charge of sewers, water department, and street lighting of District of Columbia; in charge of 4th District, Mississippi River Improvement, Nov., 1894 to June 3, 1898; in U. S. Volunteer Service, war with Spain, May 9, 1898 to ––––

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

(Major, Corps of Engineers, July 5, 1898)

Served: As Chief Engineer, 5th Army Corps, June 5 to Oct., 1898, being in the field throughout the Santiago campaign. — Chief Engineer, 2d Army Corps, Oct., 1898 to ––––

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, May 12, 1899)

Civil History. — Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Vol. V
p271
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Served: Chief Engineer, 2d Army Corps, Oct., 1898 to May 12, 1899; in charge of 4th District, Mississippi River Improvement, March, 1899 to Oct., 1902; in charge River and Harbor Works at and near Louisville, Ky., Oct., 1902 to Nov., 1903; in charge River and Harbor Works at and near St. Paul, Minn., Nov., 1903 to June, 1907.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, May 5, 1906)

Lieut.‑Colonel, U. S. A., Retired June 7, 1907,
at his own request, after 33 Years' Service.

— Post-office address, 1015 Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, La.

Vol. VI
p249
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(George McClellan Derby, Born Nov. 1, 1856.)

Military History. —

Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, May 5, 1906.

Lieut.‑Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, June 7, 1907,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Civil History. — After retirement, resided in St. Paul, Minn., in summer, and in New Orleans, La., in winter; at the latter place he was President of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Director of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and Director of other charities; member of the Parking Commission and member of several Avenue Commissions.

Military History. — Recalled to active duty, April 30, 1917; at New Orleans, in charge of 4th District, Mississippi River Improvement, to ––––

Vol. VII
p148
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Lieutenant-Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, June 7, 1907,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Recalled to active duty April 30, 1917; at New Orleans, La., in charge of 4th District, Mississippi River Improvement, to

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, May 18, 1919,
Act of June 3, 1918.

Aug. 12, 1919, when he was relieved from further active duty.

Awarded Silver Star and cited "for gallant in action against Spanish forces at Santiago, Cuba, July 1, 1898."

Vol. VIII
p55
[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., May 18, 1919.

Vol. IX
p41
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Col Ret 18 May 19.

Died Oct. 24, 1948, at New Orleans, La.: Aged 91.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.


The Author's Note:

1 Son of Captain Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.George H. Derby, Class of 1846.


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