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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1854

Vol. II

(Born D. C.)

Charles N. Turnbull​1

(Ap'd at Large)


Charles Nesbit Turnbull: Born Aug. 14, 1832, Washington, D. C.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1850, to July 1, 1854, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Top. Engineers, July 1, 1854.

Served: as Asst. Top. Engineer on Survey of Boundary Line between the United States and Mexico, 1854‑56, — and on Survey of Northern

(Second Lieut., Top. Engineers, Apr. 30, 1856)

Lakes, 1856‑59; at the Military Academy as Asst. Professor of Mathematics,

(First Lieut., Top. Engineers, Jul. 1, 1859)

 p579  Aug. 29, 1859, to Jan. 16, 1860; and as Light-house Engineer of 1st and 2d Districts, Jan. 24, 1860, to Aug. 12, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑65: on Recruiting service for Top. Engineer Troops, at Boston, Mas., Sep. 3 to Nov. 23, 1861; on the Staff of Major-General Butler, Nov. 23, 1861, to Mar. 20, 1862; as Chief Top. Engineer Department of the Gulf, Mar. 20 to July 2, 1862; on sick leave of absence, July to Oct., 1862; as Chief

(Captain, Top. Engineers, July 14, 1862: Corps of Engineers, Mar. 3, 1863)

Top. Engineer of the Department of the Missouri, Nov., 1862, to May 7, 1863; with Battalion of Engineer troops at headquarters of the Army of the Potomac, May 7, 1863, to July 10, 1864, being engaged in Skirmish and in throwing Ponton Bridge across the Rappahannock at Franklin's Crossing, June 5, 1863, and over Occoquan and Potomac Rivers, for the passage of the Army of the Potomac to Pennsylvania, June, 1863, — in guarding Train at Westminster, Md., during the Battle of Gettysburg, July, 1863, — in constructing Bridges across the Potomac while pursuing the enemy to Virginia, July, 1863, — in making Bridges and building Blockhouses between Rappahannock Station and Warrenton Junction, Va., July to Oct., 1863, — in throwing Ponton Bridge over the Rappahannock at Kelly's Ford for the passage of General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.French's command, and engaged in Skirmish, Nov. 8, 1763, — in constructing Bridge on Rapidan, at Jacobs's Mills, in Mine Run Operations, Nov. 26, 1863, and again in the advance to the Wilderness, May, 1864, — at Headquarters in the Richmond Campaign, in all the Battles to James River, May‑June, 1864, — as Chief Engineer on General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Sheridan's Raid in June, 1864, including the Battle of Trevillian Station, June 12, 1864, — and in Siege of Petersburg, July 1‑14, 1864; as Chief Engineer of the Defenses of Baltimore, Md., July 10 to Nov. 5, 1864, being detached on Reconnoissance to select sites for works to protect the Lower Fords of the Susquehanna against Rebel Raid, Aug., 1864; and as Chief Engineer

Bvt. Major, Aug. 1, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Campaign before Richmond, Va.)

of 8th Army Corps, and on Engineer Recruiting service, Nov. 5, 1864, to Nov. 10, 1865.

Served: as Superintending Engineer of the Defenses of Baltimore,

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

Md., Nov. 5, 1864, to Nov. 10, 1865, — and of repairs of Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., Nov. 16 to Dec. 31, 1865.

Resigned, Dec. 31, 1865.

Civil History. — Commission Merchant at Boston, Mas., 1866‑74.

Died, Dec. 2, 1874, at Boston, Mas.: Aged 42.

Burial place unknown.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.William Turnbull, Top. Engineers, U. S. Army.

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