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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1869

Vol. III

(Born Sweden)

Eric Bergland​1

(Ap'd Ill.)


Born Alfta, Sweden.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1865, to June 15, 1869, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 5th Artillery, June 15, 1869.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Warren, Mas., Sep. 30, 1869, to Aug. 30, 1870, — Ft. Trumbull, Ct., to Apr. 23, 1872, — and Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), May 1 to July 26, 1872; with Engineer

(Transferred to Corps of Engineers, June 10, 1872)

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 10, 1872)

Battalion at Willet's Point, N. Y., Aug. 1, 1872, to Apr. 9, 1873; at the Military Academy, as Assistant Instructor of Practical Military Engineering, Apr. 11, 1873, to May 17, 1875 (leave of absence, Feb. 23 to Apr. 5, 1875); as Assistant Engineer on Western Explorations, under Lieut. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Wheeler, May 20, 1875, to May 9, 1878 (leave of absence to Aug. 28, 1878); and at the Military Academy, as Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Aug. 28, 1878, to Aug. 28, 1880, — and Assistant Professor of Ethics and Law, to Aug. 28, 1883; as Assistant to Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.King, Sep. 29, 1883, to Aug. 13, 1884; in charge of various River and Harbor

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Jan. 10, 1884)

Improvements, etc., in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas, Aug. 27, 1884, to June 30, 1886; on duty with Engineer Battalion, commanding Company, since July 9, 1886, and Instructor of Civil Engineering at School of Application, Willet's Point, N. Y., since Nov. 8, 1887 (leave of absence, June 20 to Sep. 16, 1888), being on detached service at Johnstown, Pa., June 5‑18, 1889.​a

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

Military History. — Served: As Engineer 5th and 6th Lighthouse Districts, Nov. 14, 1891 to Nov. 6, 1895.

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Oct. 12, 1895)

— On leave of absence from Nov. 6, 1895 to March 31, 1896.

Retired from Active Service, at his own request,
after more than 30 Years' Service, March 31, 1896.

— Residence, 1116 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Md.

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

Military History. — Retired officer. — Residence, 1116 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Md.

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

(Born June 25, 1844.)

Military History. —

Major, Corps of Engineers, Oct. 12, 1895.

Major, U. S. A., Retired, March 31, 1896,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

After retirement, resided at Baltimore, Md.

Died, Nov. 3, 1918, at Baltimore, Md.: Aged 74.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1919.

The Author's Note:

1 Eric Bergland, before becoming a Cadet, was a Second Lieutenant, Dec. 26, 1861, in the 57th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers; promoted to be First Lieutenant, July 20, 1862; and was Mustered out of Volunteer Service, July 7, 1865, on the termination of the Rebellion.

Thayer's Notes:

a Maj. Bergland's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b The Johnstown flood had just occurred on May 31.

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