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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1850

Vol. II

(Born Italy)

Frederick E. Prime

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Frederick Edward Prime: Born Sep. 24, 1829, Florence, Italy.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1846, to July 1, 1850, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1850.

Served: as Asst. Engineer in making repairs of Ft. Wood, Bedloe's Island, N. Y., 1850‑52, — in building Ft. Schuyler, at the eastern entrance to New York Harbor, 1852, — on Improvement of Hudson River, N. Y.,

(Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Sep. 13, 1853)

1852‑53, — and in the construction of fortifications of Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Harbor, Cal., 1853‑57; and as Superintending Engineer of

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1856)

the Defenses of Alcatraz Island, Cal., 1857, — of the repairs of Ft. Morgan and construction of Ft. Gaines, for the Defense of Mobile Bay, Ala., 1858‑61, — of the Fortifications of Pensacola Harbor, Fla., 1858‑61, — and of the construction of the Fort on Ship Island, Mis., 1859‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: en route to Ft. Pickens, Fla., Jan., 1861, when he was arrested at Pensacola by Florida Insurgents under Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Chase; as Asst. Engineer in the construction of the Defenses of Washington, D. C., Apr. 28 to July 3, 1861;  p401 on the Staff of Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Miles in the Manassas Campaign, being engaged in the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861; in erecting temporary works for the Defense of Baltimore, Md., July, 1861; as Chief Engineer of the Department of Kentucky, July to Aug., 15, 1861, — of the Department

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Aug. 6, 1861)

of the Cumberland, Aug. 15 to Nov. 15, 1861, — and of the Department of the Ohio, Nov. 15 to Dec. 5, 1861, being wounded and captured while on a Reconnoissance near Mill Spring, Ky., Dec. 5, 1861; as Prisoner of War, Dec. 5, 1861, to Feb. 8, 1862; on sick leave of absence, Feb. 8 to Mar. 18, 1862; as Superintending Engineer of the Defenses of Washington, D. C., Mar. 18 to May 1, 1862; as Asst. Engineer, Department of the Mississippi, May 22 to July 18, 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Corinth, May 22‑30, 1862; as Chief Engineer in Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Grant's Mississippi Campaign, July 18, 1862, to June 27, 1863, being engaged in constructing the Defenses of Memphis, Ten., July to Sep., 1862, — Battle

(Bvt. Major, Oct. 4, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Corinth, Mis.)

of Corinth, Oct. 3‑4, 1862, — Flank Movement to Oxford, Mis., Nov.‑Dec., 1862, — Descent of the Mississippi to Young's Point, Jan., 1863, — Opening Cut‑off Canal at Milliken's Bend, Jan. to May, 1863, — and Siege of Vicksburg, May 22 to June 27, 1863; on sick leave of absence, June 27

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, July 4, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Siege of Vicksburg, Mis.)

to Oct. 5, 1863; as Superintending Engineer of temporary Defenses at New Haven, Ct., and of the West Pass into Narragansett Bay, and of

(Major, Corps of Engineers, June 1, 1863)

Columbiad Battery exterior to Ft. Trumbull, Ct., Oct. 5, 1863, to Mar. 19, 1864, — of construction of Fortifications on Staten Island, Mar. 19, 1864, to Aug. 3, 1865, — of repairs to Fts. La­fayette and Hamilton, and building Battery exterior to the latter, Mar. 19, 1864, to Nov. 16, 1865, — and construction of Fort at Sandy Hook, N. J., Mar. 19, 1864, to Aug. 29, 1866; on temporary duty at Baltimore, Md., while threatened by General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Early's Raid, July, 1864; on Engineer Recruiting service at New York City, Nov. 2, 1864, to Jan. 23, 1866; and as Member of Special Board of

(Bvt. Colonel, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

(Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion: Declined)

Engineers, for work at Willet's Point, N. Y., Apr. 7 to June 20, 1865, — and of the Board of Engineers, June 20, 1865, to Sep. 1, 1866, to carry out in detail the modifications of the Defenses in the Vicinity of New York, as proposed by the Board of Jan. 27, 1864.

Served: on leave of absence in Europe, Sep. 1, 1866, to Sep. 1, 1867; as Superintending Engineer of Fort on Ship Island, Mis., and of the Defenses of Pensacola and Mobile Harbors, Sep., 1867, to May, 1869, — of Eighth Light-house District, east of Pearl River, Sep., 1868, to May, 1869, and west of Pearl River, Dec., 1868, to Apr., 1869, — of Defenses of New Orleans, La., Improvement of Mouth of Mississippi, and Survey of Galveston Harbor, Tex., Nov., 1868, to Apr., 1869, — and of the Defenses of Provincetown Harbor, Mas., Feb. 4, 1870, to Sep. 5, 1871.

Retired from Active Service, Sep. 5, 1871,
for Disability contracted in the Line of Duty.

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

Military History. — Retired officer, — Residence, Huntington, N. Y.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Died Aug. 12, 1900, at Litchfield, Conn.: Aged 72.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1901, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.

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