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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1841

Vol. II

(Born Mas.)

Amiel W. Whipple

(Ap'd Mas.)


Amiel Weeks Whipple: Born Oct. 21, 1817, Greenwich, MA.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1837, to July 1, 1841, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1841.

Transferred to Top. Engineers, Sep. 28, 1841.

Served: as Asst. Top. Engineer on Hydrographic Survey of Patapsco River, Md., 1841, — on Military Reconnoissance of the approaches to New Orleans, La., 1841‑42, — and on Trigonometrical and Hydrographic Survey of Portsmouth harbor, N. H., 1842‑44; as Asst. Astronomer upon Northeastern Boundary Survey between the United States and the British Provinces, 1844‑49, — and upon Mexican Boundary Survey, 1849‑53; as Engineer in charge of Explorations and Surveys of Railroad

(First Lieut., Top. Engineers, Apr. 24, 1851)

Route near the 35th Parallel, from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, 1853‑56; as Light-house Engineer of 10th L. H. District,

(Captain, Top. Engineers, July 1, 1855, for Fourteen Years' Continuous Service)

1856‑61; as Engineer in charge of Ship Channel over St. Clair Flat, 1856‑61, — and of Ship Channel through Lake George and Neebish Rapids of St. Mary's River, Mich., 1856‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑63: as Chief Topographical Engineer of the Defenses of Washington, D. C., south of the Potomac, June 1 to July 15, 1861, — of the Army of the Potomac, in the Manassas Campaign of July, 1861, being engaged in the Battle of

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col. July 21, 1861,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Manassas Campaign)

Bull Run, July 21, 1861, — of General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.McDowell's Division in the

(Major, Top. Engineers, Sep. 9, 1861: Corps of Engineers, Mar. 3, 1863)

Defenses of Washington, July 25, 1861, to Mar. 13, 1862, — and of 1st Army Corps, Mar. 13 to Apr. 2, 1862; in command of Brigade in

 p66  (Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Apr. 14, 1862)

the Defenses of Washington, D. C., south of the Potomac, Apr. 23 to Sep. 8, 1862, and of Division, Sep. 8 to Oct. 10, 1862; and in the Rappahannock Campaign, in command of 3d Division, 3d Corps (Army of the Potomac), Oct., 1862, to May 4, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13‑15, 1862, — and Battle of Chancellorsville,

(Bvt. Colonel, Dec. 13, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Va.)

May 2‑4, 1863, where he was Mortally Wounded.

Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, May 4, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Chancellorsville,
where he was Mortally Wounded.

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, May 6, 1863.

Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Army, May 7, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion.

Died of Wounds, May 7, 1863, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 46.

Buried, Proprietors Cemetery, Portsmouth, NH.

Thayer's Note:

a Various dates are found online, in 1816, 1817, and 1818, of which this is the most frequent, and seems to correspond to the best-researched webpages, like for example that at the Handbook of Texas.

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