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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1881

Vol. III

(Born Mich.)

John Millis

(Ap'd Mich.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1877, to June 11, 1881, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 11, 1881.

Served: on duty at the Military Academy in the Department of Philosophy, July 5 to Aug. 28, 1881; with Battalion of Engineers and on various Staff duties at Willet's Point, N. Y., Nov. 28, 1881, to Nov. 19,

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 15, 1882)

1883; in charge of Engineer Recruiting Rendezvous at New York city, Aug. 9 to Oct. 20, 1883; as Recorder of Joint Board of Army and Navy Officers on Bridge across Thames River at New London, Ct., June 21 to July, 1883; as Assistant to General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Duane, Engineer Third Light-house District, in connection with experiments upon electric lighting, Nov. 20, 1883, to Nov. 9, 1886; in charge of electric lighting of Statue of Liberty on Bedloe's Island, New York Harbor, in preparation for the inauguration of the statue, Oct. 28, 1886; Engineer in temporary charge of Third Light-house District, Nov. 9, 1886, to July 6, 1887; as Assistant to Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Heap, Engineer of Third and Fourth Light-house Districts, since July 6, 1887; and a Member of Board on Condition of Electric Light Plant of the Washington Monument, June 8, 1885.

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

Military History. — Served: At Washington, D. C., to Aug. 17, 1890; on leave to Oct., 1890; at New Orleans, La., in charge of works in 4th District,

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Sept. 20, 1892)

to Oct. 31, 1894; at Washington, D. C., as Secretary of the Lighthouse Board, Nov. 2, 1894 to Nov. 8, 1898; at Willets Point, N. Y., in command of Company D, Engineer Battalion, to ––––

(Major, Corps of Engineers, April 20, 1900)

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

Military History. — Served: At Willets Point, N. Y., in command of Company D, Engineer Battalion, to May 5, 1900; Instructor of Military Engineering, U. S. Engineer School, Jan. 6 to May 5, 1900; Delegate to the Eighth International Congress of Navigation and the International Congress of Electricity, at Paris France, in July and Aug., 1900; and also designated as Delegate to the Congress of Physics; at Seattle, Wash., in charge of fortification and river and harbor works, Nov. 22, 1900 to Aug. 31, 1905; at Manila, P. I., in charge of fortification works, Oct. 14, 1905 to Oct. 5, 1907.

 p315  (Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, June 7, 1907)

— At Cleveland, Ohio, in charge of river and harbor works, Feb. 21, 1908 to date; member of various Boards of Engineer Officers on subjects relating to fortification and river and harbor works.

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

(Born Dec. 31, 1858.)

Military History. —

Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, June 7, 1907

At Cleveland, Ohio, District Engineer, in charge of River and Harbor Works, Feb. 21, 1908, to

(Colonel, Corps of Engineers, July 13, 1910)

August, 1912; at Newport, R. I., and Boston, Mass., in charge of toss Engineering Districts to July, 1916; at Savannah, Ga., Division Engineer, Southeast Division; District Engineer in charge of Savannah District and temporarily in charge of Charleston and Jacksonville Districts, and Department Engineer, Southeast Department, July, 1916, to November, 1918; at Chicago, Ill., Department Engineer, Central Department, November, 1918, to ––––

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

Military History. —

Colonel, Corps of Engineers, July 13, 1910.

At Chicago, Ill., Department Engineer, Central Department, and Engineer, 6th Corps Area, Nov. 1918, to Oct. 1, 1922; on leave of absence to Dec. 31, 1922.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 31, 1922,
By Operation of Law.

Civil History: — In 1894 prepared plan with maps and estimates for emergency relief of the lower Mississippi River in times of flood. This was not favorably considered at the time by the Mississippi River Commission, but in the unprecedented flood of 1927, the essential features of the Millis plan were resorted to, at the instance of local Municipal and State authorities, with the result that an imminent disaster to the City of New Orleans was successfully averted. Member, American Society, C. E. (member special committee to investigate Japanese earthquake); Am. Inst. E. E., A. A. A. S., American Astron. Society; Clubs: University (New York); Union (Cleveland); Army and Navy; Cosmos (Washington), Century Association, New York; Author: Safety of Navigation on Great American Lakes (for 12th International Congress Navigation, Philadelphia, 1912); Commercial Waterways of the United States (for Atlantic Deeper Waterways Assn.); The Constructional History of the Solar System and of Our Earth (The Dualistic Theory), 1925; papers on relativity, gravitation, glacial theory, cause of drumlins, cosmogony, navigation, etc. Originated, 1918, method of observing and photographing solar eclipses from air craft, used by U. S. Naval Observatory for total eclipse of Jan., 1925.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1910‑1920]

Military History:

Col., Ret., Dec. 31, 1922.

Civil History: — Student and inventor, earthquake and windstorm resisting construction, and ship's hull designs. Occupied in real estate and agriculture.

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Col Ret 31 Dec 22

Civil History: — 3250 Euclid Ave, Cleveland O

Died Mar. 20, 1952, at Cleveland, O.: Aged 93.​a

Buried, Dibble Cemetery, Wheatland, MI.

Thayer's Note:

a Col. Millis died after the publication of Vol. IX (1950), the most recent volume of the Supplements to Cullum's Register available to me, which may also be the most recent volume in the public domain. The date and place of his death are from the WPAOG memorial article.

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