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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1819

Vol. I

(Born Md.)

William Turnbull

(Ap'd Md.)


Born Oct. 9, 1800, Philadelphia, PA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 30, 1814, to July 1, 1819, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Artillery, July 1, 1819.

Served: in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md. 1819‑20; on Topographical duty, Jan., 1819, to Aug. 20, 1831; on Survey of Railroad Route in Mississippi,

(Second Lieut., 4th Artillery,
in Re-organization of Army, June 1, 1821)

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, Jan. 15, 1823)

 p212  (Bvt. Captain, Staff — Asst. Topographical Engineer, Aug. 20, 1831)

1831‑32; as Superintending Top. Engineer of the construction of the Potomac Aqueduct at Georgetown, D. C., 1832‑43, — and of Repairs

(Bvt. Major, Staff — Topographical Engineer, Nov. 23, 1837)

(Major, Corps of Top. Engineers, July 7, 1838)

of Potomac Bridge, 1841‑43; on Inspection of Potomac Bridge, Washington, D. C., and Milwaukee and St. Joseph's harbors, Mich., 1844; in charge of Lake Ontario Harbor Improvement, 1844‑46; as Member of Board of Top. Engineers, for extension of Buffalo harbor, N. Y., 1845‑46; on Inspection of Harbor Improvements on Lakes Champlain, Ontario, and Erie, 1846; as Chief Topographical Engineer of the Army under command of Major-General Scott, in the Campaign of 1847‑48, War with Mexico, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Pedregal, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — and Operations before,

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; as Superintending Top. Engineer of the construction of the New Orleans Custom House,

(Bvt. Colonel, Sep. 13, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Chapultepec, Mex.)

La., 1848‑49, — of Survey of Whale's Back Rock, for Light-house site, 1850‑51, — and in examining the practicability of Bridging the Susquehanna River, at Havre-de‑Grace, Md., 1852; as Assistant in the Topographical Bureau at Washington, D. C., 1850‑52, and 1853‑54; as Member of Board of Top. Engineers to examine into the expediency of an additional Canal around the Falls of the Ohio, Sept. 22, 1852, to Feb. 16, 1853; as Light-house Engineer for Oswego harbor, N. Y., July 29, 1853, to July 30, 1855; and in charge of Harbor Improvements of Lakes Champlain, Ontario and Eastern part of Erie, 1853‑56, — and of Improvement of Cape Fear River, N. C., 1856‑57.

Died, Dec. 9, 1857, at Wilmington, N. C.: Aged 57.

Buried, Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC.

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