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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1858

Vol. II

(Born Md.)

William J. L. Nicodemus

(Ap'd Md.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1854, to July 1, 1858, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Infantry, July 1, 1858.

Served: in garrison at Newport Barracks, Ky., 1858‑59; and on frontier

(Second Lieut., 5th Infantry, Jan. 19, 1859)

duty conducting Recruits to Utah, 1859, — Utah Expedition, 1859‑60, — Ft. Fauntleroy, N. M., 1860, — Ft. Defiance, N. M., 1860, — Ft. Fauntleroy, N. M., 1860‑61, — Navajo Expedition, 1861, — Ft. Fauntleroy, N. M., 1861, — and Ft. Union, N. M., 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in Operations

(First Lieut., 11th Infantry, May 14, 1861)

in New Mexico, Oct., 1861, to Sep., 1862, being engaged as Acting

(Captain, 12th Infantry, Oct. 24, 1861, to Aug. 10, 1864)

Asst. Adjutant-General of the Department of New Mexico, Oct., 1861, to June, 1862, — Battle of Valverde, Feb. 21, 1862, — in opening communication

(Bvt. Major, Feb. 21, 1862, for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Valverde, N. M.)

between Ft. Craig, and Ft. Union, Feb.‑Mar., 1862, — and in various Skirmishes; on Recruiting service at Cincinnati, O., pending a threatened attack upon the city, Sep., 1862; in guarding Recruits at Baltimore, Md., Oct.‑Nov., 1862; on Signal duty, Feb. 20, 1863, to Aug. 23, 1865,

(Colonel, 4th Maryland Volunteers, Oct. 11 to Nov. 17, 1862)

being in command of the "Signal Camp of Instruction," — of Signal Department in Department of West Virginia, and having charge of Signal Line between Harper's Ferry, Va., and Washington, D. C., — of Signal Detachment with the Army of the Potomac, on the Pursuit of the enemy through Maryland, July, 1863, participating in several Skirmishes, — in

(Major, Signal Corps, Sep. 18, 1863, to Rank from Mar. 3, 1863)

charge of Signal Bureau at Washington, D. C., and in command of Signal Corps, Oct. 13, 1863, to Dec. 26, 1864, . . .º — and as Inspector of Signal

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Signal Corps, June 30, 1864, to Rank from Mar. 3, 1863)

Corps, Mar. 31 to Aug. 23, 1865.

Mustered out of Signal Service, Aug. 23, 1865.

Restored to his Regiment as

Captain, 12th Infantry, to Rank from Oct. 24, 1861.

 p712  Served: in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., Sep. to Dec., 1865, — Richmond, Va., Dec., 1865, to Jan., 1866, — Petersburg, Va., Jan. to Apr., 1866, — Richmond, Va., Apr. to May, 1866, — Fredericksburg, Va., May to Dec., 1866, — and Washington, D. C., Jan., 1867, to May 22, 1868; as Acting Assistant Inspector-General, Division of the Atlantic, May 22 to Nov., 1868; in garrison at Washington, D. C., to Feb. 5, 1869; and as Professor of Military Science at the Western University of Pennsylvania, to Dec. 29, 1870.

Honorably Discharged,
at his own Request, Dec. 29, 1870.

Civil History. — Professor of Military Science and Civil and Mechanical Engineering in the University of Wisconsin, at Madison, Wis., Feb. 1, 1870, to Jan. 6, 1879. Topographical Assistant of Wisconsin State Geological Commission, 1875‑79.

Died, Jan. 6, 1879, at Madison, Wis: Aged 45.

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