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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1862

Vol. II

(Born Me.)

Jared A. Smith

(Ap'd Me.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1858, to June 17, 1862, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 17, 1862.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1862‑66: as Asst. Engineer on the staff of Major-General Banks, July 10 to Nov. 24, 1862; in the Northern Virginia Campaign, July 10 to Sep. 3, 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Aug. 9, 1862, — and several

(Bvt. First Lieut., Aug. 9, 1862, for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Va.)

Skirmishes, Aug., 1862; on sick leave of absence, Aug. 28 to Nov. 22, 1862; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics, Nov. 26, 1862, to Aug. 19, 1863; as Asst. Engineer in

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

the construction of the Defenses of Portland, Me., and of the Northeastern Coast, Aug. 11, 1863, to Aug. 9, 1864, — of the Defenses of

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, June 25, 1864)

Baltimore, Md., Aug. 10 to Sep. 22, 1864, — of Ft. Montgomery, N. Y., Sep. 28, 1864, to Mar. 2, 1865, — and of Ft. Ontario, N. Y. (in local charge), Mar. 3, 1865, to Nov. –––––, 1866; on Engineer Recruiting

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

service, Dec. 1, 1863, to Aug. 9, 1864.

Served: as Superintending Engineer of the Construction of the Defenses of New Bedford Harbor, Mas., and Preservation of Plymouth Beach, Mas., Nov., 1866, to June 1, 1869, — and Examinations for Improvement of Taunton River, and Duxbury Beach, Mas., 1868; as Assistant Engineer on the Geodetic Survey of the Northern Lakes, from  p849 1869 to Apr. 1, 1871, — on Surveys and Plans for a Harbor of Refuge in Lake Huron, Apr. 1, 1871, to Dec. 1, 1873 (leave of absence in Europe, May 28 to Sep. 26, 1873), — and on the Defenses of Key West and Dry Tortugas, Fla., Dec. 12, 1873, to Jan. 29, 1874; as Superintending Engineer

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Jan. 13, 1874)

of the Construction of the Defenses of Key West and Dry Tortugas, Fla., Jan. 29, 1874, to Dec. 16, 1876, being at the same time Engineer of the Seventh Light-house District; in charge of various River and Harbor Improvements, Surveys, etc., in Indiana, Jan. 22, 1877, to July 16, 1884; on sick leave of absence, Sep. 18, 1880, to Apr. 28, 1881; as Engineer of Fifth and Sixth Light-house Districts, June 20, 1884, to Feb. 18, 1886; in charge of Fortifications and River and Harbor Improvements in Maine and New Hampshire, since Feb. 28, 1886; and as Member of various Engineer Boards, 1877‑90.

Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Apr. 7, 1888.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Stationed at Portland, Me., in charge of fortification and river and harbor works in Maine and New Hampshire, Feb. 27, 1886 to Dec. 9, 1891. — at Cleveland, O., in charge of improvement of rivers and harbors on Lake Erie, west of Erie, Pa., Dec. 11, 1891 to –––––; Member of various Boards of Engineer Officers on river and harbor improvements.

(Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 5, 1897)

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Member of Board of Engineers (under Act of Congress of March 2, 1889), to examine coast of Texas and report upon subject of obtaining deep water harbors on that coast, March 16 to Dec. 16, 1889. — At Cleveland, Ohio, in charge of improvement of rivers and harbors on Lake Erie west of Erie, Pa., Dec. 11, 1891 to Dec. 1, 1900. — Engineer of Tenth Lighthouse District, Dec. 11, 1891 to Aug. 19, 1897. — Member of Board of Engineers under Act of Congress of June 29, 1898, on the construction of an international bridge across the Niagara River, in September, 1898. — Division Engineer of the Pacific Division, Dec. 15, 1900 to Sept. 23, 1901. During same time, member and President of the California Debris Commission, and member of Board of Engineers for examination of Engineer Officers for promotion; for subjects relating to improvement of the Sacramento and Feather Rivers, Cal., and regulation of harbor lines of San Francisco and adjacent waters. — Oct. 1, 1901 to June 30, 1902, in charge of the improvement of the Delaware River. — Oct. 1, 1901 to April 12, 1903, in charge of the construction of warn for the defense of the Delaware River, and of improvement of channels of streams tributary to Delaware River and Bay, and of construction of Interior Water Way from Chincoteague, Va., to the Delaware Bay at or near Lewes, Del., and of the removal of various wrecks in Delaware Bay and adjacent waters of the Atlantic coast.

(Brigadier-General, U. S. Army, April 13, 1903)

Retired from Active Service April 14, 1903,
at his own request, after over 40 Years' Service.

Civil History. — Since retirement consulting engineer at Cleveland, Ohio. — Member of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Building Commission since March 18, 1905, and President of same since September, 1907. — Residence, Cleveland, Ohio.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Jared Augustine Smith, Born July 6, 1840.)

Military History. —

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., April 13, 1903.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, April 14, 1903,
at His Own Request After Over 40 Years' Service.

Civil History. — After retirement, consulting engineer at Cleveland, Ohio. Member of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Building Commission from March 18, 1905, and President of same from September, 1907.

Died, Dec. 17, 1910, at Cleveland, Ohio: Aged 70.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1911.

Buried, Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, OH.

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