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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1845

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Edward B. Hunt

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Edward Bissell Hunt: Born June 15, 1822, New York, NY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1841, to July 1, 1845, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1845.

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Dec. 29, 1845.

Served: as Assistant to the Board of Engineers at New York city, 1845‑46; at the Military Academy as Asst. Professor of Engineering, Aug. 28, 1846, to Aug. 29, 1849; as Asst. Engineer in the construction of Ft. Warren, Boston harbor, Mas., 1849‑51; on Coast Survey duty in the Superintendent's Office at Washington, D. C., May 5, 1851, to Apr. 4,

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1853)

1855; as Superintending Engineer of the Repairs of Ft. Adams, R. I., 1855‑57, — of the building of Rhode Island light-houses, June 2, 1855, to Oct. 17, 1857, — and of the construction of Ft. Taylor, Key West, Fla., 1857‑62; and under the Board of Engineers, preparing projects for

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1859, for Fourteen Years' Continuous Service)

Fortifications of Lime Point, at the entrance to San Francisco Bay, Cal., and of Galveston harbor, Tex., 1858.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1862‑63: as Chief Engineer of the Department of the Shenandoah, Va., Mar. 29 to Apr. 17, 1862; as Superintending Engineer to complete 8‑gun Battery, at Ft.

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 3, 1863)

Trumbull, Ct., Apr. 24 to Oct. 2, 1863, — of construction of temporary Works at Dutch Island for the Defense of the West Passage into Narraganset Bay, R. I., June 29 to Oct. 2, 1863, — and of temporary Defenses at New Haven harbor, Ct., July 16 to Oct. 2, 1863; and on Special duty, Apr. 17, 1862, to Oct. 2, 1863, — under the Navy Department, constructing his projected "Sea Miner," for firing under water, in making experiments with which he was suffocated by the escaped gas, and, falling into the hold of the vessel, was

Killed, Oct. 2, 1863, at Brooklyn, N. Y.: Aged 41.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

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