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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1867

Vol. III

(Born N. Y.)

Clinton B. Sears​1

(Ap'd Va.)


Born Penn Yan, NY.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 16, 1863, to June 17, 1867, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 17, 1867.

First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 17, 1867.

Served: on Artillery duty at the Military Academy, July 5‑31, 1867; on leave of absence, Aug. 31 to Nov. 1, 1867; with Engineer Battalion at Willet's Point, N. Y., Nov. 1, 1867, to Feb. 1, 1869; at the Military Academy, as Assistant Instructor of Practical Military Engineering, Signaling, and Telegraphy, Feb. 4, 1869, to Feb. 1, 1870; as Assistant Engineer of Improvement of Erie Harbor, Pa., Feb. 5 to Mar. 23, 1871; as Engineer on the Staff of the commander of the Division of the Pacific, Apr. 1 to July 21, 1870, — and of the Department of Columbia, Aug. 8, 1870, to May 6, 1871; as Assistant Engineer on the Defenses of San Francisco Harbor, Cal., May 17 to Aug. 14, 1871, — of Breakwater and Improvement of Wilmington Harbor, Cal. to Sep. 3, 1875, being temporary detached, Feb., 1873, to make a Survey for the Improvement of Estero Bay, at Moro, Cal. (leave of absence, Sep. 3 to Oct. 3, 1873, and Oct. 1, 1875, to Jan. 1, 1876); as Assistant Engineer on the Defenses of Boston Harbor, Mas., Jan. 1 to Aug. 27, 1876; at the Military Academy, as Principal Assistant Professor of Engineering, Aug. 30, 1876, to Aug. 25, 1877, — Principal Assistant Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics, Aug. 25, 1877, to July 1, 1878, — and Principal Assistant Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, July 1, 1878 (in charge of preparation of plans and construction of new Astronomical Observatory at West

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Apr. 9, 1880)

Point, N. Y., and on various other duties, Nov., 1880, to Apr. 19, 1882), to Aug. 28, 1882; as Executive Officer of the Mississippi River Commission, and Secretary and Disbursing Officer of its Construction Committee, Apr. 19, 1882, to Apr. 12, 1884; in charge of Improvement of Vicksburg Harbor, of Third District of the Mississippi River, and Member of Board on building and repairing Levees, Apr. 16, 1884 (temporarily in charge of Second District of the Mississippi, Aug. 31, 1884, to Mar. 10, 1885, and of First and Second Districts, July 6 to Oct. 6, 1885), to May 14, 1886; on leave of absence, May 15 to Sep. 15, 1886; in charge of Improvement of Yellowstone River and of the Missouri from Sioux City to Ft. Benton, Sep. 20, 1886, and constructing and repairing roads and bridges in Yellowstone National Park, Mar. 28, 1887, to Apr. 16, 1888; and as Assistant to the Chief of Engineers at Washington, D. C., since Apr. 19, 1888, being detached to construct Ponton Bridges at Johnstown, Pa., June 4‑14, 1889.

Civil History. — Author of "Principals of Tidal Harbor Improvements," etc., 18–––; and of "Ransom Genealogy," 1882. Degree of A. M. conferred by Ohio Wesleyan University, 1884.

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

Military History. — Relieved from duty as Assistant in Office of the Chief of Engineers, June 15, 1890; commanding Co. A, Battalion of Engineers, and Instructor in Submarine Mining at Engineer School of Application, Willet's Point, N. Y., June 25, 1890 to Sept. 21, 1892.

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Sept. 20, 1892)

— Detailed in Jul. 1890, to inspect the Division Camp, etc., Pennsylvania National Guard, Mount Gretna, Pa.; in charge of river and harbor improvements on Lake Superior, Portage Lake ship canals, Mich., and survey for canal connecting Lake Superior and the Mississippi River, with station at Duluth, Min., since Sept. 28, 1892; member of Board to report upon the subject of raft-towing on the Great Lakes, March, 1893; of Commission in improvement of Duluth, Min., and Superior, Wis., harbors, Sept., 1894; of Board on improvement of bar at Yaquina Bay, Ore., May and Sept., 1895; of Board on improvement of Savannah Harbor, Ga., Sept., 1898; of Board on modification of harbor lines, West Superior, Wis., Dec., 1898.

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

Military History. — Chief Engineer Officer, Division of the Philippines, and in charge of Construction of military roads and bridges in  p135 the Philippine Islands and of the improvement of Manila harbor and the Pasig River, 1901‑1903.º

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, April 21, 1903)

— In charge of the improvement of the Cumberland and other rivers in Tennessee, with station at Nashville, Tenn., 1903‑1904. — In charge repair and construction of the S. & S. W. Pass jetties at mouth of Mississippi River and of the construction of the Plaquemine Lock, La. — Division Engineer of the Gulf Division, with supervision over nine engineer offices, with station at New Orleans, La., 1904‑1906. — In charge of the improvement of the Mississippi River from St. Louis to Cairo, and of snagging operations in the Mississippi River with station at St. Louis, since August, 1906. — Member of Mississippi River Commission, 1906, and President of same from June, 1906 to March 14, 1908.

(Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Jan. 11, 1907)

— Senior member of Deep Waterway Board, to report on 14‑foot project from Alton to the Gulf, 1907‑1908. — Member of various boards on river and harbor improvements including that on the Ohio River, 1904‑1908. — On leave of absence to June 2, 1908.

(Brig.‑General, U. S. A., Retired June 2, 1908 by operation of law)

– Residence, Newton Centre, Mass.

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

(Clinton Brooks Sears, Born June 2, 1844.)

Military History. —

Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Jan. 11, 1907.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, June 2, 1908
By Operation of Law.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., on Retired List, June 2, 1908,
Act of April 23, 1904.

Died, Feb. 16, 1912, at Boston, Mass.: Aged 67.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1912.

The Author's Note:

1 Clinton B. Sears, before becoming a Cadet, enlisted as a Private, Aug. 20, 1862; discharged, Sep. 16, 1863. Served as Corporal and Color-Sergeant, 95th Regiment, Ohio Volunteers; on detached service in Army of the Cumberland during first six months' service; in Battle of Richmond, Ky., under General Nelson, and in Crittenden's Corps, was in the Battle of Perryville, or Chaplin Hills, Ky., and Stone River, Ten.; returned to duty with Regiment in Feb., 1863, and under General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Sherman in the 15th Corps participated in the campaign against Vicksburg, being in the Battle of Jackson, Mis., in both Assaults against Vicksburg, May 18 and 22, and in the second Attack on Jackson, Mis.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Sears' birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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