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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1865

Vol. III

(Born Mo.)

William Henryº Heuer

(Ap'd Mo.)


Born Mar. 2, 1843, St. Louis, MO.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1861, to June 23, 1865, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 23, 1865.

Served: as Assistant Engineer on Surveys in California, Jan. 27, 1866, to April 17, 1871 (leave of absence, May 17 to June 16, 1969); at

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Sep. 22, 1870)

Willet's Point, N. Y., with Engineer Battalion, Apr. 27, 1871, to June 4, 1872, being Adjutant and Treasurer, June 16, 1871, to June 4, 1872; as Assistant Engineer on the Operations for the Removal of Hallett's Point, N. Y., June 15, 1872, to July 28, 1876 (temporarily on duty with Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.McFarland, in connection with Isthmus Canal Route, Feb. 16 to June 20, 1874; on Engineer Recruiting Service, Apr. 15, 1873, to Aug. 25, 1874); at Willet's Point, N. Y., in command of Engineer Company, July 31 to Nov. 30, 1876 (Assistant Engineer on Survey of Union and Central Pacific Railways, Sep. 3 to Nov. 20, 1876); as Superintending Engineer of Fts. Jefferson and Taylor, Fla., Dec. 16, 1876, to Jan. 31, 1884, and Nov. 16, 1885, to Nov. 1, 1887, — of Seventh Light-house District, Dec., 1876, and of the Eighth, Feb. 23, 1880, to Jan. 31, 1884, and Feb. 3, 1885, to Nov. 8, 1887; as Recorder of various Boards of Engineers, 1874‑76; in charge of Channel Measurements at South Pass, Mississippi River, May 10, 1880, — of Improvement of Sabine Pass, Blue Buck Bar, and Neches and Sabine Rivers, Oct. 25, 1881, to Jan. 31, 1884, and Feb. 12, 1885, to Nov. 1, 1887; as Consulting Engineer of Ship Island Quarantine Station, Feb. 28, 1880, to Jan. 17, 1881; in charge of Surveys through and above Sabine Lake, Oct. 25, 1881, to Jan. 11, 1882; as Engineer of Fourth Light-house District, Feb. 1, 1884, to Jan. 31, 1885;

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 17, 1884)

in charge of the Defenses, River and Harbor Improvements, Surveys, etc., in Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Southern New Jersey, Apr. 19, 1884, to Jan. 20, 1885, and of those in Louisiana and Mississippi, Feb. 12, 1885, to Nov. 1, 1887; as Engineer of Twelfth Light-house District since Nov. 30, 1887; in charge of various River and Harbor Improvements in California and Oregon, Nov. 23, 1887, to Nov. 13, 1888; as Advisory Engineer of Philadelphia Harbor Commissioners, June 13, 1884, to Feb. 6, 1885; and as Member of various Engineer Boards of River and Harbor Improvements, 1883‑90.

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

Military History. — On duty at San Francisco, Cal., Lighthouse Engineer, and in charge of rivers and harbors and member of California Débris Commission until Jan., 1896. — At Cincinnati, O., in charge of Ohio River and some of its tributaries, from Feb. 6, 1896 to Oct. 6, 1897. — At San Francisco, Cal., from Oct. 18, 1897, in charge of rivers and harbors, fortifications at Angel Island and Alcatraz. — In charge of submarine mine defense of San Francisco Harbor and member of California Débris Commission. — Member of Examining Boards, Harbor Line Boards, and other duties to ––––

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Jan. 29, 1900)

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

Military History. — Member of Examining Boards, Harbor Line Boards, and other duties to 1901. — President of Board to make plans and estimates for defenses of Honolulu and Pearl Harbor, Hawaiian Territory. — In charge of improvement of Pearl Harbor. — Division Engineer, Northern Pacific Division, to June 11, 1904.

(Colonel, Corps of Engineers, June 11, 1904)

— Division Engineer, Pacific Division, 1905. — Chairman California Debris Commission to March 2, 1907.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired March 2, 1907, by operation of law.

Civil History. — Consulting engineer. — Residence, San Francisco, Cal.

Note — All records and papers were destroyed in fire at San Francisco in April, 1906, therefore exact dates of assignment to various duties between 1900 and 1906 cannot be furnished. — W. H. H.

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

(Born March 2, 1843.)

Military History. —

Colonel, Corps of Engineers, June 11, 1904.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, March 2, 1907,
By Operation of Law.

Civil History. — Consulting Engineer at San Francisco, Cal., engaged on river and harbor works, reclamations, valuation of railroads, water works and other public utilities, until 1917.

Military History. — April, 1917, re‑assigned to active military duty at San Francisco, Cal., as Division Engineer of the Pacific Division and District Engineer of the First and Second San Francisco Districts, in charge of improvements of San Francisco Harbor, of Harbor at Monterey, of Oakland Harbor, of Humboldt Harbor and Bay, of San Pablo Bay, of Petaluma Creek, Napa River, Redwood Creek, Suisun Channel, and in charge of works for defense of San Francisco Bay; relieved of this latter, March 1, 1918. Member of California Debris Commission, member of Board of Officers for examination for promotion of certain officers of the Corps of Engineers, and member of Board on Harbor Lines for San Francisco Harbor and adjacent waters.

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Colonel, Corps of Engineers, June 11, 1904.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, March 2, 1907,
By Operation of Law.

Died, Apr. 28, 1925, at San Francisco, Calif.: Aged 82.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1925.

Thayer's Note:

a His birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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