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The text that follows is reproduced from (the report of the) Ninth Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 13th, 1878.

 p49  Joseph E. Griffith
No. 2160 — Class of 1867.
Died July 7, 1877, at Iowa City, Ia., aged 34.

Lieutenant Griffith was born at Llanegryn, North Wales, Great Britain, May 9, 1843, and came to Utica, N. Y., with his parents in May, 1849.

In 1855 he moved with them to Racine, Wisconsin, and in 1859 became teacher in a district school at Iowa City, Iowa.

In the spring of 1862 he commenced business as a grocer and commission merchant, but gave up business to enlist as a private, August 3, 1862, in the Twenty-second Regiment of Iowa Volunteers, being soon after promoted to a Sergeant, and May 22 of the following year First Lieutenant, resigning his commission October 11, 1863.

He served under General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Curtis in Missouri, General Banks in Louisiana, and General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Grant in the Vicksburg campaign, participating in the battles of Richmond, La., Grand Gulf, Miss., Port Gibson, Miss., Champion Hill, Miss., and Black River Bridge, assault on and siege of Vicksburg and capture of Jackson, Miss.

He entered the Military Academy October 19th, 1863, and graduated fifth in his Class, June 17, 1867, being appointed Second Lieutenant in the Engineer Corps from that day. He served as Assistant-Engineer on Survey of the Northern Lakes from August, 1867, to April, 1869, where he was placed in charge of inspection, selection and measurement of stone used in construction of canal locks on Des Moines Rapids of Mississippi River, where he remained until he resigned, December 25, 1870.

 p50  He then entered into business as a contractor on the United States River Improvements, but upon failing at a later day he became interested in some mines in the northwestern part of Iowa.

His business at the time of his death, which occurred from heart disease, is not known.

(Secretary of the Association)

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