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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1864

Vol. III

(Born Vt.)

Arthur H. Burnham

(Ap'd Mas.)


Born Sep. 23, 1843, Barre, VT.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1860, to June 13, 1864, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 13, 1864.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1864‑66: as Asst. Engineer of the Military Division of West Mississippi, July 22, 1864, to June 4, 1865, being engaged in the Siege and Capture of Ft. Gaines, Ala., Aug. 4‑8, 1864, — Siege and Capture of Ft. Morgan, Ala., Aug. 9‑23,

(Bvt. Captain, Aug. 23, 1864, for Gallant and Meritorious Services
at the Sieges of Fts. Gaines and Morgan, Ala.)

1864, — in repairing Ft. Morgan, Sep. 3, 1864, and in charge of Fieldworks and repairs of permanent works at the entrance to Mobile Bay, Oct. 1 to Dec. 15, 1864, — in charge of Depot of Bridge-trains and Equipage, at Mobile Point, Nov. 20 to Dec. 15, 1864, — Demonstration on Mobile from East Pascagoula, Mis. (as Acting Chief Engineer), Dec. 15, 1864, to Jan., 1865, — Investment of Spanish Fort, Mar. 27 to

(Bvt. Major, Mar. 26, 1865, for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Campaign against the City of Mobile and its Defenses)

Apr. 2, 1865, — Siege and Storming of Blakely, Apr. 5‑9, 1865, — and March to Montgomery, Apr. 12‑25, 1865; as Chief Engineer of the District of Alabama, June 4‑29, 1865; and in disposing of Engineer property in the District of Alabama, Aug.‑Sep., 1865.

Served: as Asst. Engineer in the construction of Ft. Jefferson, Tortugas, Fla., Oct. 27, 1865, to July 5, 1866; in making Surveys and Drawings of the Battle-field of Gettysburg, July 5 to Oct. 29, 1866; with Engineer Battalion at Willet's Point, N. Y., Nov. 10, 1866, to July, 1870;

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 6, 1867)

as Assistant Engineer on Improvement of Des Moines and Rock Island Rapids of the Mississippi River, July, 1870, to Feb. 23, 1874 (leave of absence, Aug. 17 to Sep. 16, 1871, and sick leave, Nov. 17, 1873, to June 21, 1874), — and on the Defenses of Boston Harbor, Feb. 23, 1874, to Sep. 12, 1877 (absent sick, June 16, 1875, to June 1, 1876, and May 19 to Sep. 12, 1877).

Died Sep. 12, 1877, at Lowell, Mass.: Aged 35.

Buried, Lowell Cemetery, Lowell, MA.

Thayer's Note:

a Capt. Burnham's birth data are from his tombstone (q.v.).

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