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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1853

Vol. II

(Born Ga.)

William Robertsonº Boggs

(Ap'd Ga.)


Born Mar. 18, 1829.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1849, to July 1, 1853, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Top. Engineers, July 1, 1853.

Served: on temporary Artillery duty, at the Military Academy, 1853; in the Topographical Bureau, and Office of Pacific Railroad Surveys,

(Transferred to Ordnance Corps, June 28, 1854)

1853‑54; as Assistant at Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., 1854‑57, — and at

(Second Lieut., Ordnance, Dec. 31, 1854)

(First Lieut., Ordnance, Nov. 17, 1856)

Baton Rouge Arsenal, La., 1857‑59; Inspecting Ordnance Stores at Point Isabel, Tex., 1859, being engaged against Cortinas' Mexican Marauders in the Combat near Ft. Brown, Tex., Dec. 14, 1859; and on Foundry duty at Pittsburg, Pa., 1859‑61.

Resigned, Feb. 1, 1861.

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

 p523  Civil History. — Architect, Savannah, Ga., 1866‑68. Chief Engineer, Lexington and St. Louis Railroad, Mo., 1868‑70. Civil and Mining Engineer, St. Louis, Mo., 1870‑75. Professor of Mechanics and Drawing, Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, Blacksburg, Va., since 1875.

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

Civil History. — Residence, Winston, N. C.

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

Civil History. — Unknown. — Residence, Winston, N. C.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

Military History. —

First Lieut., Ordnance Corps, Nov. 17, 1856.

Resigned, Feb. 1, 1861.

Died, Sept. 15, 1911, at Winston-Salem, N. C.: Aged 82.

Buried, Salem Cemetery, Winston-Salem, NC.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1912.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: according to the Southern Historical Society Papers he was appointed Brig.‑General Nov. 4, 1862, and in 1864 served as chief of staff to Lieut.‑Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.E. Kirby Smith, Trans-Mississippi Department.

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