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 [decorative delimiter] Class of May 6, 1861

Vol. II

(Born Mas.)

Charles E. Cross

(Ap'd Mas.)


Charles Edward Cross: Born Sep. 24, 1837.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1856, to May 6, 1861, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, May 6, 1861.

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, May 6, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑63: in drilling Volunteers at Washington, D. C., May 7‑25, 1861; as Asst. Engineer in the construction of the Defenses of Washington, D. C., May 27 to July 1, 1861, — in the Manassas Campaign of July, 1861, attached to 2d Division of the Army of Northeast Virginia, being engaged in the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861, — and in the construction of the Defenses

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Aug. 6, 1861)

of Washington, D. C., July 23, 1861 to Mar. 10, 1862; in command of an Engineer Company (Army of the Potomac), in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign, Mar. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in the siege of Yorktown,

(Bvt. Major, July 1, 1862, for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign)

Apr. 12 to May 4, 1862, — in the subsequent Operations of the Campaign, in the construction of Roads, Field-works, and Bridges, particularly for the passage of the Army and its immense trains over the White Oak Swamp and Chickahominy River; in command of Engineer Battalion (Army of the Potomac), in the Maryland Campaign, Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, — in building,

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, Sep. 17, 1862, for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Antietam, Md.)

guarding, and repairing Ponton Bridges across the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, at Harper's Ferry and Berlin, Md., Sep. 21 to Nov. 3, 1862, — and on March to Falmouth, Va., Nov., 1862; and in command of Engineer Battalion, Dec., 1862, to Feb., 1863, and of Company, Mar. to June, 1863 (Army of the Potomac), in the Rappahannock Campaign, being engaged at the Battle of Fredericksburg in throwing Ponton Bridges, for the Advance and Retreat of the Army of the Potomac across the Rappahannock River, Dec. 11‑16, 1862, — in Disembarking and Equipping Ponton Train at Belle Plain, and transporting it to Falmouth, Va., Jan. 15‑19, 1863, — on the "Mud March," with Ponton Bridge, for Banks's Ford, Jan. 20‑26, 1863, — in constructing Field-works, making Surveys, guarding Bridges, etc., Jan. 26 to Apr. 29, 1863,

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 3, 1863)

— in throwing Bridge below Fredericksburg, Apr. 29, 1863, — at the Battle of Chancellorsville, in constructing Defensive Works and Bridges, May 3‑6, 1863, — and in throwing a Bridge in the face of the enemy at Franklin's Crossing of the Rappahannock, June 5, 1863.

Bvt. Colonel, June 5, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious  p770 Services while Assisting to Throw a Bridge across the Rappahannock at Fredericksburg
in the Face of the Enemy, when he was Killed.

Killed, June 5, 1863, at Franklin's Crossing of the Rappahannock, Va.: Aged 26.

Buried, Sawyer Hill Burying Ground, Newburyport, MA.

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