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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1821

Vol. I

(Born Mas.)

Charles Dimmock

(Ap'd Mas.)


Born 1800, Barnstable, MA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 7, 1817, to July 1, 1821, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1821.

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1821.

Served: at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Engineering, July 23, 1821, to July 3, 1822; in garrison at Ft. Independence, Mas., 1822; on leave of absence in Europe, 1823‑24; in garrison at Ft. Independence, Mas., 1824‑25, —Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice),  p268 1825‑26, — Ft. Trumbull, Ct., 1826‑27, — Ft. Severn, Md., 1827‑28,

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Feb. 20, 1828)

— and Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1828‑29, 1829‑31, being Adjutant of the School from Jan. 1 to Apr. 29, 1829; and on Quartermaster duty, superintending operations at the Delaware Breakwater,

(Asst. Quartermaster, Aug. 18, 1831, to Aug. 20, 1836)

1831‑33, — at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1833‑36, — Savannah, Ga., 1836, —

(Captain, 1st Artillery, Aug. 6, 1836)

Augusta. Ga., 1836, — and Ft. Monroe, Va., 1836.

Resigned, Sep. 30, 1836.

Civil History. — Civil Engineer, employed in the Survey of a route for a Railroad between Danville and Wytheville, Va., 1836; in the location of the Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad, N. C., 1837; and in the location of a U. S. Military Road from Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to Ft. Smith, Ark., 1837‑38. General Agent of Portsmouth and Roanoke Railroad, Va., 1839‑43; and President, 1841‑43. Director of James River and Kanawha Canal, 1843‑47. Captain Virginia Militia, 1839‑40, — and Lieut.‑Colonel, 1841‑42. Superintendent of the Virginia State Armory, and Captain commanding State Guard, 1843‑61. Member of Richmond, Va., City Council, 1850, 1854, and 1858. Engineer of the section from Lynchburg to Salem, Va., of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, 1848, — and of the section from Crow's to Greenbriar River, Va., of the Covington and Ohio Railroad, 1853.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Died, Oct. 27, 1863, at Richmond, Va.: Aged 63.

Buried, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. He was Chief of Ordnance of the Department of Virginia.

Several webpages assert, in identical or very similar language, that Dimmock was a friend and confidant of Robert E. Lee. If so, he was not a very close one: in Freeman's four-volume biography of Lee (onsite) he is mentioned only once, in a footnote and merely as the author of a military status report.

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