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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1848

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Walter H. Stevens

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Walter Husted Stevens: Born Aug. 24, 1827.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1844, to July 1, 1848, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1848.

Served: as Asst. Engineer at Ft. Adams, Newport Harbor, R. I., 1848, — and in repairing the fortifications defending the approaches to New Orleans, La., 1849‑53; in charge of surveys of rivers and harbors in Texas, 1853; as Light-house Inspector on the Gulf Coast of Texas,

(Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, May 28, 1853)

Dec. 28, 1853, to Mar., 1857, and Engineer, Nov. 17, 1853, to May 2, 1861; as Superintending Engineer of the construction and repairs of the fortifications defending the approaches to New Orleans, La., 1854‑60, —

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1855)

and of the construction of Galveston Custom House, Tex., 1857; as Member of Special Board of Engineers for Gulf Defenses in Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas, 1857; and as Superintending Engineer in building the fortifications of Galveston Harbor, Tex., 1860‑61.

Dismissed, May 2, 1861, under the 3d Sec. of the Law of Jan. 31,º 1823.​a

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​b

Died, Nov. 12, 1867, at Vera Cruz, Mex.: Aged 40.

Buried, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a Requiring that disbursing officers failing to render their accounts for settlement in due time be promptly reported to the President of the United States and dismissed from the public service.

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: according to the Southern Historical Society Papers he reached the rank of Brig.‑General Aug. 28, 1864. He served as Chief Engineer of the defenses of Richmond 1862‑63, which he then commanded in 1863‑64; and in 1864 he became Chief Engineer of the Army of Northern Virginia.

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