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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1867

Vol. III

(Born Ill.)

Charles F. Powell​1

(Ap'd S. C.)


Charles Francis Powell: Born Aug. 13, 1843, Jacksonville, IL.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 29, 1863, to June 17, 1867, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

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

Served: with Engineer Battalion at Willet's Point, N. Y., Aug., 1867, to May 1, 1871, being Battalion Quartermaster, May, 1868, to May 1, 1871;

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Apr. 23, 1869)

as Assistant Engineer on the Geodetic Survey of the Northern Lakes,  p86 May 7, 1871, and of the Mississippi River, May 26, 1877, to Mar., 1879, — and to Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Gillespie, Apr. 11, 1879, to Oct. 26, 1881; as Engineer

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, June 17, 1881)

of Thirteenth Light-house District, Oct. 26, 1881, to Apr. 11, 1888; in charge of various Defenses, River and Harbor Improvements, Surveys, Water-gauges, etc., in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, Oct. 26, 1881, to Apr. 28, 1888; as Secretary and Disbursing Officer of the Mississippi River Commission, and charged with various duties connected therewith, since May 31, 1883; and as Member of Engineer Boards, 1882‑87.

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

Military History. — Secretary Mississippi River Commission, May  p167 31, 1883 to Nov. 18, 1890; at Bismarck, N. Dak., and Sioux City, Ia., in charge of improvements of Missouri River above Sioux City, Ia., to April 27, 1893; Engineer Commissioner for the District of Columbia, Wash., D. C., May 1, 1893

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Jan. 26, 1895)

to March 2, 1897; at Pittsburg, Pa., in charge of the improvements of Pittsburg Harbor, Alleghany River, and other engineer works, April 10, 1897 to ––––

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

Military History. — At Pittsburg, Pa., in charge of the improvements of Pittsburg Harbor, Alleghany River, and other engineer works, April 10, 1897 to Jan. 3, 1902. — In charge of defenses of Long Island Sound and of River and Harbor improvements in Connecticut from Jan. 7, 1902; with station at New London, Conn.,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Jan. 22, 1904)

to April 2, 1906.

(Brig.‑General, U. S. A., April 2, 1906.)

Brig.‑General, U. S. A., Retired April 3, 1906.

Died, July 30, 1907, at St. Paul, Minn.: Aged 64.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1908, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.º

Buried, Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI.

The Author's Note:

1 Charles F. Powell, before becoming a Cadet, enlisted as a Private, July, 1861, in the 5th Wisconsin Volunteers; promoted to Corporal, afterward Sergeant-Major, and served to Sep., 1863. Was in all the battles of the Army of the Potomac from its organization to Gettysburg.

Thayer's Note:

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

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