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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1864

Vol. III

(Born N. Y.)

William Ludlow​1

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born Nov. 27, 1843, Riverside, Islip, NY.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.,º Corps of Engineers, June 13, 1864.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1864‑66: as Chief Engineer of 20th Army Corps, July 19 to Sep., 1864, in the Georgia Campaign, being engaged in the Combat of Peach-tree Creek, July 20,

(Bvt. Captain, July 20, 1864, for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Defense of Allatoona Pass, Ga.)

1864, and Siege of Capture of Atlanta, July 22 to Sep. 2, 1864; in charge of the construction of the Defenses of Rome, Ga., Oct. 4 to Nov. 15, 1864, being engaged in the Combat of Allatoona Heights, Oct. 5, 1864; as Chief Engineer of the Army of Georgia, Nov. 15, 1864, to Mar. 20,

(Bvt. Major, Dec. 21, 1864, for Meritorious Services in the Campaign through Georgia in 1864)

1865, and Asst. Engineer of Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Sherman's Army, Mar. 20 to Apr. 26, 1865, in the "March to the Sea," terminating with the Surrender of Savannah, Dec. 21, 1864, and the Invasion of the Carolinas, Jan. to Mar., 1865, being engaged in the Battle of Averysborough, Mar. 16,

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, Mar. 13, 1865, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Campaign in the Carolinas)

1865, — Battle of Bentonville, Mar. 20‑21, 1865, — Occupation of Goldsborough, Mar. 22, 1865, — and Capture of Raleigh, Apr. 13, 1865; on leave of absence and awaiting orders, Apr. 28 to Nov. 16, 1865; and as  p20 Asst. Engineer in Organizing the Engineer Depot at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Nov. 19 to Sep. 4, 1866.

Served: in command of Engineer Depot and Company at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., and in charge of disposition of Engineer Property in Missouri and Arkansas, Dec. 12, 1865, to Nov., 1867; as Assistant Engineer

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 7, 1867)

under the orders of Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Gillmore, Dec. 2, 1867, to Nov. 10, 1872; as Chief Engineer of the Department of Dakota, Nov. 10, 1872, to May 9, 1876; as Assistant Engineer upon the works under the superintendence of Lieut.‑Col. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Kurtz, May 20, 1876, to Oct. 29, 1877 (in charge till Dec. 11, 1877), and under Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Macomb, Dec. 11, 1877, to Sep. 3, 1881; in charge of various Surveys, River and Harbor Improvements, Works of Defense, and removal of wrecks in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, Sep. 3, 1881, to Aug. 12, 1882; as Engineer Secretary of the Light-

(Major, Corps of Engineers, June 30, 1882)

house Board, Aug. 28, 1882, to Mar. 8, 1883; on leave of absence under authority of Law of Congress of Feb. 28, 1883, to hold the position of Chief Engineer of the Philadelphia Water Department, Apr. 1, 1883, to Apr. 1, 1886; as Engineer Commissioner of the District of Columbia, Apr. 1, 1886, to Jan. 27, 1888; awaiting orders, Jan. 27 to Feb. 25, 1888; as Engineer of Fourth Light-house District, Mar. 1 to Dec. 14, 1888; in charge of Surveys and River and Harbor Improvements in Western Michigan, and Engineer of Ninth and Eleventh Light-house Districts, since Dec. 18, 1888.

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

Military History. — In charge of river and harbor improvement in western Michigan, Dec. 18, 1888 to Nov. 21, 1893. — Engineer 9th and 11th Lighthouse Districts, Dec. 18, 1888 to June 21, 1892. — In charge of defensive works at Fort Wayne, and of river and harbor improvements on the eastern coast of Michigan and waters connecting the Great Lakes, Nov. 1, 1892 to Nov. 21, 1893. — Member of Boards of Engineer Officers to consider and report upon the subject of the harbor lines at Detroit, Mich., and upon plans of a bridge over the entrance to Duluth harbor. — Military Attaché to the U. S. Embassy at London, England, Nov. 23, 1893 to April 18, 1896. — Chairman Nicaragua Canal Board.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Aug. 13, 1895)

— Returned to London, Nov., 1895. — Made a tour of maritime canals, Suez, Corinth, Kiel, and in Holland. — In April, 1896, ordered to United States in connection with Congressional investigation of Nicaragua Canal project, and assigned to duty as Engineer 3d Lighthouse District, St. George, Staten Island. — Transferred to New York City in March, 1897. — In charge of River and Harbor Districts, Hudson, Harlem, and East River and Ship Channels, New York bay, also fortifications at Hamilton and Sandy Hook. — In April, 1898, ordered to Washington to report to Major-General Miles as Chief Engineer of Armies in the Field.

(Brig.‑General U. S. Volunteers, May 4, 1898)

— June, 1898, accompanied General Shafter's expedition to Santiago. — June 29, assigned to command 1st Brigade, 2d Division, 5th Corps. — Battle of El Caney, July 1, and San Juan Hill, July 2. — Held right of line and intrenched successively four brigade positions for investment of Santiago. — Occupying extreme position near head of bay, July 11. — Special mention (twice or three times) by General Lawton commanding 2d Division and by General Shafter.

(Maj.‑General U. S. Volunteers, Sept. 7, 1898)

 p145  — President of the Board on Army Transport Regulation, Sept.‑Oct., 1898. — Commanding 2d Division, 1st A. C., Headquarters, Columbus, Ga., Oct.‑Dec. — Dec. 13, by direction of the President, he was appointed Military Governor of Havana, by G. O. 184. — Took command Dec. 22. — Dec. 13, by direction of the President, commanding Department of Havana, by G. O. No. 4, Division of Cuba, embodying War Department order Dec. 30.

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, April 13, 1899)

(Brig.‑General U. S. Volunteers, April 13, 1899)

(Volunteer Commission Vacated, Jan. 21, 1900)

(Brig.‑General U. S. Army, Jan. 21, 1900)

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

Military History. — Served: President War College Board, Washington, D. C.; inspected French and German military establishments in 1900, in reference to systems of instruction. — On duty in the Philippines, April to May, 1901. — On sick leave to August 30, 1901.

Died Aug. 30, 1901, at Convent Station, N. J.: Aged 58.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1902, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Bvt. Major-General William H. Ludlow, U. S. Volunteers.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Ludlow's birth data are from his AOG obituary.

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