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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1870

Vol. III

(Born Mas.)

Carl Follenº Palfrey

(Ap'd Me.)


Born Jul. 4, 1846, Barnstable, MA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Oct. 17, 1865, to June 15, 1870, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, June 15, 1870.

Served: in garrison at Madison Barracks, N. Y., Sep. 30, 1870, to

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

June 18, 1872; as Asst. Engineer of the Boundary Survey of the 49th Parallel of Latitude, June 19 to July 22, 1872; with Engineer Battalion at Willet's Point, N. Y., July 26, 1872, to Aug. 29, 1873; at the Military Academy as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Sep. 1, 1873, to Aug. 28,

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Sep. 2, 1874)

 p145  1878; and as Engineer on the Staff of the Commanding General of the Department of California and Division of the Pacific, Sep. 16, 1878, to Oct. 31, 1879; as Engineer Officer, Department of Arizona, Nov. 25, 1879, to June 23, 1882, being engaged in perfecting system of irrigation at Pima and Maricopa Agency, and making various Surveys; as Assistant to Colonel Mendell, July 4, 1882 (leave of absence, Oct. 1, 1883, to Feb. 1, 1884),

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 26, 1883)

to Feb. 1, 1884, and to Colonel Houston, to Mar. 10, 1884; in command of Engineer Company at Willet's Point, N. Y., Mar. 24, 1884, to Feb. 27, 1885; on sick leave of absence, July 28 to Sep. 28, 1884, and Dec. 3, 1884, to May 4, 1885, and awaiting orders till Aug. 31, 1885; as Assistant to Captain Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Lockwood, Sep. 5, 1885, to June 27, 1886; in charge of River and Harbor Improvements from Erie, Pa., to Olcott, N. Y., July 1 to Sep. 30, 1886, and on Lake Ontario and of Fts. Porter, Niagara, and Ontario, since July 1, 1886, — and of various Investigations and Surveys, since June 18, 1888.

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

Military History. — Served: As stated till March 10, 1890, when active charge of works was temporarily transferred. — Sick leave of absence March 13, extended to Oct. 13. — At St. Louis, Mo., as Secretary and Disbursing Officer of Mississippi River Commission, Oct. 2, 1890. — Fully relieved at Oswego, Nov. 12. — Arrived at Little Rock, Ark., and assumed charge of improvements of certain rivers in Arkansas and Missouri, Dec. 19, 1893. — Relieved at St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 31, 1893. — In Army and Navy General Hospital, Hot Springs, Ark., July 17-Aug. 13, 1894. — Relieved at Little Rock, Aug. 16, 1894. — On duty at Detroit, Mich., under immediate orders of General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.O. M. Poe, Aug, 19, 1894 to Jan. 21, 1895. — On duty at Milwaukee, Wis., in charge of harbors on Lake Michigan (west shore), north of Chicago, and of Fox River Canal, Jan. 22 to Aug. 12, 1895. — On sick leave of absence, Aug. 13 to Oct. 25, 1895, when

Retired from Active Service, at his own request,
after 30 Years' Service, Oct. 25, 1895.

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

Military History. — Retired officer.​a — Residence, Redlands, Cal.

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

(Born July 4, 1846.)

Military History. —

Captain, Corps of Engineers, March 26, 1883.

Captain, U. S. A., Retired, Oct. 25, 1895,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

Died Oct. 17, 1920, at Redlands, Cal.: Aged 74.

Thayer's Note:

a Tennessee historian J. P. Young, in a footnote about old maps of the Mississippi River (Tenn. Hist. Mag. 2:244), states that in 1898 Capt. Palfrey was Secretary of the U. S. River Commission. I've been unable to verify this.

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