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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1845

Vol. II

(Born Ga.)

Henry Coppée

(Ap'd Ga.)


Born Oct. 13, 1821, Savannah, GA.

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., 2d Artillery, July 1, 1845.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1845‑46; in the War

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, June 18, 1846)

with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of La Hoya, June 20, 1847, — Skirmish of Ocalaca, Aug. 16, 1847, — Battle

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Aug. 20, 1847)

of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847,

(Bvt. Capt., Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

— Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, — and Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; at the Military Academy as Asst. Professor of French, Aug. 22, 1848, to June 22, 1849; in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., 1849‑50; and at the Military Academy, as Principal Asst. Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics, Jan. 14, 1850, to May 16, 1855.

Resigned, June 30, 1855.

Civil History. — Professor of English Literature and History, University of Pennsylvania, 1855‑56. Degree of M. A. conferred by the University of Georgia, 1848; and of LL. D. by the University of Pennsylvania, 1866, — and by Union College, N. Y., 1866. Secretary of the Board of Visitors to the U. S. Military Academy, 1868. Member of several Scientific and Historical Societies, 1851‑67. Author of "Elements of Logic, designed as a Manual of Instruction," 1858; "Elements of Rhetoric," 1859; "Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Grant and his Campaigns," 1866; and several military works, 1858‑67. Edited a "Gallery of Famous Poets," 1858; and a "Gallery of Distinguished Poetesses," 1861. Editor of the "United States Service Magazine," 1864‑66; and Contributor to the Principal Reviews and Magazines in the United States since 1848. Compiler of "Songs of Praise in the Christian Centuries," 1866. Author of "English Literature considered as an Interpreter of English History," 1873; and Editor of the American Edition of the Comte de Paris' "Guerre Civile en Amérique," 1875‑76. Author of "History of the Conquest of Spain by the Arab-Moors, with a Sketch of the Civilization which they achieved and imparted to Europe," 1881. U. S. Commissioner to the Annual Assay of the Philadelphia Mint, 1874. Lay Delegate from Central Pennsylvania to the General Convention, Protestant Episcopal Church, held at New York city, 1874 and 1880. Regent of the Smithsonian Institution,  p223 Washington, D. C., since 1874. Lecturer on International Law, in the Union University Law School, Albany, N. Y., 1875‑76. President of the Lehigh University, at Bethlehem, Pa., 1866‑75; and Professor of English Literature and History, since 1866.

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

Civil History. — Regent of the Smithsonian Institution, 1874‑95. —  p65 Acting President, and Professor of English Literature, Lehigh University, to March, 1895.

Died, March 21, 1895, at South Bethlehem, Pa.: Aged 74.

See Annual Association of Graduates U. S. M. A., 1895, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Nisky Hill Cemetery, Bethlehem, PA.

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