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 [decorative delimiter] Class of June 24, 1861

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

Francis U. Farquhar

(Ap'd Pa.)


Born Oct. 30, 1838, near Pottsville, PA.​a1

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1857, to June 24, 1861, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 24, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑63: in drilling Volunteers at Washington, D. C., June 24 to July 11, 1861; as Acting

(Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 29, 1861)

Aide-de‑Camp to Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Heintzelman in the Manassas Campaign of July, 1861, being engaged in the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861; as Asst. Engineer at Ft. Monroe, Va., Aug. 3, 1861, to Apr. 19, 1862; as Asst. Engineer (Army of the Potomac), in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign, Apr. 20 to July 24, 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 20 to May 4, 1862, — Battle of Williamsburg, May 5, 1862, — Action

(Bvt. 1st Lieutenant, May 5, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Williamsburg, Va.)

at Slatersville, May 9, 1862, — and Action at Mechanicsville, May 27, 1862; as Asst. Engineer at Ft. Monroe, Va., July 24 to Dec. 29, 1862; as Chief Engineer of the Department of North Carolina, Jan. 2 to Aug. 3, 1863, being engaged in the Expedition which destroyed the railroad

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Mar. 3, 1863)

bridge over Tar River, at Rocky Mount, July, 1863; as Chief Engineer of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina, Aug. 3, 1863,

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Aug. 1, 1863)

to May 27, 1864, being engaged in Operations about Bermuda Hundred, and participating in the Action of Swift's Creek, May 9, and near Ft. Darling, May 12‑15, 1864; and as Chief Engineer of 18th Army Corps, May 27 to Aug. 11, 1864, being engaged in the Battles of Cold Harbor, June 1‑3, 1864, — and Siege of Petersburg, June 19 to Aug. 11, 1864.

Bvt. Major, June 1, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Cold Harbor, Va.

Served: at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Engineering, Aug. 22, 1864, to June 16, 1865; as Asst. Engineer in the construction of

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

the Defenses of Hampton Roads, Va., June 18 to Dec. 4, 1865; on leave of absence, Dec. 4, 1865, to Feb. 8, 1866; as Asst. Engineer on the Harbor Improvements of Lake Erie, Feb. 8, 1866, to Jan. 4, 1867; on Recruiting service for Engineer troops, Mar. 16 to Nov. 14, 1866; on leave of absence, Nov. 14, 1866, to Jan. 14, 1867; as Assistant Engineer in the Geodetic Survey of the Northern Lakes, Mar. 4, 1867, to Nov. 9, 1868; as Superintending Engineer of Harbor Improvements on Eastern Shore of Lake Michigan, Nov. 19, 1868, to June 7, 1872; as Chief Astronomer of the Survey of the 49th Parallel of Latitude to fix the Northern Boundary of the United States, June 7, 1872, to Apr. 5, 1873; as Superintending

(Major, Corps of Engineers, July 11, 1872)

Engineer of Surveys and Harbor Improvements in the Upper Mississippi Valley, Apr. 25, 1873, to June 30, 1879; and at the West End of Lake Superior, Apr. 25, 1873, to July 10, 1878; and as Member of Board of Engineers on Improvements of Harbors on Lake Michigan, May, 1869, — on Improvement of Saugatuck Harbor, July 6‑23, 1869, — to select site for Harbor of Refuge on Lake Huron, Oct. 19, 1871, to July 18, 1872, — on Improvement of Grand River Harbor, O., Feb. 26, 1872, — on application of appropriation to Dredging Bay of Superior, Apr., 1873, — on proposed Bridge across the Mississippi between Warsaw  p813 and Alexandria, Mo., Aug., 1873, — on the Preservation of the Falls of St. Anthony, Apr. 14‑20, 1874, — on removal of north pier of Rock Island Railroad Bridge, Sep., 1874, — on location and plan of Bridge across the Mississippi at Clinton, Io., Sep. 29 to Oct. 20, 1874, — on Pile and Ponton Bridge across the Mississippi near Dubuque, Io., May, 1873, — on Improvement of Ahnapee Harbor, Wis., Oct. 13 to Dec. 16, 1875, — on use of Shear-booms for bridge-piers in Mississippi River, July 7, 1876, to Feb. 2, 1877, — and on Improvement of the Low-water Navigation of the Mississippi River, July, 1878; as Engineer Secretary to Light-house Board, July 1, 1879, to Aug. 28, 1882; as Superintending Engineer of the Louisville and Portland Canal, and Improvement of the Falls of the Ohio River, July 31 to Sep. 16, 1882, — of St. Mary's Falls Canal, Rivers St. Mary and Detroit, construction of Harbor of Refuge on Lake Huron, issuing charts of Northern and Northwestern Lakes, and of Water-level Observations on Lake Huron, July 31, 1882, to July 3, 1883, — and of Surveys for river and harbor improvements in Eastern Michigan, Sep. 12, 1882, to July 3, 1883; and as Member of Engineer Board on Improving Wisconsin River, Jan. 9, 1879, — on Examination of Dubuque Harbor, Apr. 17, 1879, — and on Improvement of Saginaw River, Mich., Aug. 18, 1882.

Died, July 3, 1883,º at Detroit, Mich.: Aged 45.​a2

Obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1884.º

Thayer's Note:

a1 a2 Maj. Farquhar's middle name and birthplace are from his AOG obituary, as is the date of his death (to which I was tipped off by Steven Maes); that the year 1887 printed in the Register is a mere typographical error is shown by his age at death being correctly given as 45: had he been 45 in 1887, he would have entered the Academy at 15 — below the age limit for admission.

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