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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1875

Vol. III

(Born Ind.)

Smith S. Leach

(Ap'd Ind.)


Smith Stallard Leach: Born New Carlisle, IN.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1871, to June 16, 1875, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 16, 1875.

Served: with Engineer Battalion at Willet's Point, N. Y., Oct. 1, 1875, to Apr. 30, 1876; on temporary duty at Philadelphia in connection with the International Exhibition, May 1 to Sep. 12, 1876; with Engineer Battalion at Willets Point, N. Y., Sep. 12, 1876, to July 16, 1878, being  p238 Adjutant and Treasurer, Sep. 14 to Dec. 11, 1876 (on Special Service in Baltimore, July 21 to Aug. 17, 1877, and on leave of absence, June 18 to July 16, 1878); and as Recorder of the Board of Engineers on the Improvement of Low‑water Navigation of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, July 19, 1878, to July 25, 1879, and preparing the information

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Mar. 4, 1879)

collected by the Board in order to be turned over to the Mississippi River Commission, July 25 to Aug. 26, 1879; as Secretary and Disbursing Officer of the Mississippi River Commission, Aug. 26, 1879 (leave of absence, July 20 to Sep. 21, 1883), to Mar. 3, 1885, and Apr. 14, 1887, to Mar. 17,

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Sep. 30, 1884)

1888; in charge of Improvements of the Second District of Mississippi River, from Island No. 40 to White River, Mar. 10, 1885, and of First District, Apr. 20, 1885 (leave of absence, July 6 to Oct. 6, 1885), to Mar. 26, 1888, and since July 7, 1888; as Assistant to the Engineer Commissioner of the District of Columbia, Mar. 28 to June 2, 1888; and in charge of Bridge across the Mississippi at Memphis, Ten., since Sep. 25, 1888.

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

Military History. — Served: As Assistant on defenses of Boston Harbor, July 3, 1890 to Dec. 9, 1892. — In charge of Fort Montgomery, N. Y., and of river and harbor improvements on Lake Champlain and St. Lawrence River, Dec. 10, 1892 to July 31, 1896; in charge of defenses of Long Island Sound, and of river and harbor improvements in Connecticut, Aug. 1, 1896 to ––––

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 5, 1897)

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

(In Vol. IV, name is erroneously given as Smith H. Leach)

Military History. — In charge of defenses of Long Island Sound, and of river and harbor improvements in Connecticut, Aug. 1, 1896 to Jan. 2, 1902; commanding 1st Battalion Engineers, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to Nov. 10, 1904; Assistant Commandant, Infantry and Cavalry School, Oct., 1902 to Oct., 1903; Engineer's Office Department of Mo., Feb. 20, 1902 to Jan. 15, 1904; charged with preparation of Engineer's Field Manual, April 23, 1903 to –––––; in charge of defenses of Potomac R. R. & H. improvements in Maryland and Virginia; water supply of City of Washington and filtration of same,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Sept. 14, 1904)

Nov. 13, 1904 to July 1, 1905; member General Staff, July 1, 1905 to Aug. 1, 1907.

(Colonel, Corps of Engineers, June 2, 1908)

— Assistant to Chief of Engineers, Aug. 1, 1907, till he

Died Oct. 16, 1909, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 58.

A first obituary notice in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1910.

A second obituary notice, with portrait, in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1911.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a Col. Leach's full name and birthplace are from his 1911 AOG obituary.

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