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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1866

Vol. III

(Born Pa.)

James Mercur

(Ap'd Pa.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1862, to June 18, 1866, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 18, 1866.

Served: as Asst. Engineer on Survey of Northern Lakes, Oct. 1, 1866, to Aug. 23, 1867; at the Military Academy, as Assistant Professor of

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Mar. 7, 1867)

Natural and Experimental Philosophy, Aug. 31, 1867, to Feb. 21, 1870, and Principal Assistant, Feb. 21, 1870, to July 31, 1872; with Engineer Battalion at Willet's Point, N. Y., Aug. 3, 1872, to July 31, 1876 (Adjutant, Sep. 14, 1872, to Feb. 20, 1876); as Asst. Engineer to Lieut.‑Col.

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Dec. 9, 1875)

Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Newton in the Removal of Hallett's Point and Flood Rock, Hell Gate, N. Y., Aug. 5, 1876, to June 14, 1881 (in charge, during Lieut.‑Col. Newton's absence in Europe, of the Military Works under his supervision, Apr. 21 to July 30, 1877, and of his Civil Works, Apr. 21 to Aug. 20, 1877); and as Recorder of Board of Engineers on Improvement of Charleston Harbor, S. C., Mar., 1878, to June 14, 1881; in charge of various River and Harbor Improvements, Defensive Works, Surveys, etc., in Virginia and North and South Carolina, June 15, 1881, to Mar. 31, 1884, — and of River, Harbor, and Channel Improvements, etc., in New York, Apr. 1 to Sep. 29, 1884; and as Advisory Engineer to Health Board, June 15, 1881, and to Harbor Commissioners, James River, Va.,  p64 July 9, 1881, to Mar. 31, 1884, and Member of Board on improving approach to U. S. Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Va., Aug. 27 to Sep. 29, 1884;

(Professor of Civil and Military Engineering, Military Academy, Sep. 29, 1884)

and as Professor of Civil and Military Engineering, Military Academy, since Sep. 29, 1884.

Civil History. — Revised and enlarged "Mahan's Permanent Fortifications," 1887.

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

Military History. — Professor of Engineering, U. S. M. A., 1884 to April 21, 1896.

Civil History. — Author of Revised Edition of Mahan's Permanent Fortification, 1887. — Elements of the Art of War, 1888. — Military Mining, 1892. — Attack of Fortified Places, 1895.

Died April 21, 1896, at Fortress Monroe, Va.: Aged 53.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1896, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

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