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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1856

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Herman Biggs

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born June 10, 1832, Lodi, NY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1851, to July 1, 1856, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Infantry, July 1, 1856.

Served: on frontier duty at Camp Cooper, Tex., 1856‑57; on sick

(Second Lieut., 1st Infantry, July 31, 1856)

leave of absence, 1857‑58; on frontier duty at Camp Hudson, Tex., 1858, — Ft. Inge, Tex., 1858, — Ft. Duncan, Tex., 1858‑59, — Camp Verde, Tex., 1859, — and Indianola, Tex., 1859; and at the Military Academy, 1859‑61, as Asst. Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics, Aug. 31, 1859, to Mar. 13, 1861, — and as Adjutant, May 13 to Oct. 10, 1861.

First Lieut., 1st Infantry, May 10 to Nov. 23, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑65: as Chief

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, Aug. 3, 1861)

Quartermaster in fitting out General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Burnside's North Carolina Expedition, Oct. 23, 1861, to Jan. 13, 1862, — and of the Department of North Carolina, Jan. 13 to July 5, 1862, being present at the Attack of Newberne,  p665 Mar. 16, 1862, and Bombardment of Ft. Macon, Apr. 25‑26, 1862; as Chief Quartermaster of the 9th Army Corps, July 22, 1862, to Feb.,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, U. S. Volunteers — Corps Quartermaster,
July 23, 1862, to Aug. 2, 1864)

1863, being engaged in General Burnside's Movement to Newport News and Fredericksburg, Va., July‑Aug., 1862, — Maryland Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Sep.‑Oct., 1862, — on Inspection of the Quartermaster's Department in North Carolina, Nov.‑Dec., 1862, — and in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, to Feb., 1863, participating in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862; as Chief Quartermaster of the Department of North Carolina and 18th Army Corps, Feb. to July 15, 1863, — and of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina, July 15, 1863, to Aug. 2, 1864, being engaged in organizing extensive land and water transportation of General Butler's Expedition, Apr.‑May, 1864, which he accompanied up the James River; and in charge (Colonel, ex officio, Aug. 2, 1864), of the Inspection Bureau in the Quartermaster-General's Office, Sep. 1 to Oct. 1, 1864, — and of the Quartermaster's Depot at Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 1, 1864, to Oct. 9, 1865.

Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 8, 1865.

Bvt. Major, Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., and Bvt. Colonel, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion.

Resigned, Oct. 9, 1865.

Civil History. — Farmer, Geneva, N. Y., 1865‑87.

Military History. — By act of Congress of Jan. 18, 1883, reinstated in the Army, and retired as Captain, Staff, Feb. 5, 1883.

Died, Oct. 11, 1887, at Hammonton, N. J.: Aged 55.

Buried, Greenmount Cemetery, Hammonton, NJ.

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