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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1822

Vol. I

(Born Va.)

Walter Gwynn

(Ap'd Va.)


Born Feb. 22, 1802, Jefferson County, VA.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 10, 1818, to July 1, 1822, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1822.

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1822.

Served: on Ordnance duty, Aug. 20, 1822, to Nov. 15, 1823; in garrison

(Transferred to 4th Artillery, Feb. 18, 1823)

at Ft. St. Philip, La., 1824, — and at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1824‑26; on Topographical duty, Aug. 7, 1826, to

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Oct. 19, 1829)

Jun. 19, 1830; and in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., 1830.

Resigned, Feb. 2, 1832.

Civil History. — Principal Asst. Engineer, Petersburg and Weldon Railroad, Va., 1832‑33. Postmaster, Jarrett's Station, Va., 1832‑34. Chief Engineer, Portsmouth and Roanoke Railroad, Va., 1833‑36; of Survey for Railroad and Canal from Norfolk, Va., to Edenton, N. C., — and of St. Andrew's Canal, Fla., 1835; of Roanoke, Danville, and Junction Railroad, Va., 1836‑38; of Halifax and Weldon Railroad, N. C., 1835‑38; of Wilmington and Weldon Railroad, N. C., 1836‑40; of the State of North Carolina, 1839‑42; and of Survey for Cape Fear and  p281 Lumber River Canal, N. C., 1844. President, Portsmouth and Roanoke Railroad Company, Va., 1842‑46; and of James River and Kanawha Canal Company, Va., 1846‑47. Chief Engineer, James River and Kanawha Canal, Va., 1847‑53; of Wilmington, N. C., and Manchester, S. C., Railroad (including the Great Pee Dee Bridge, supported by cast-iron cylinders, sunk by the pneumatic process), 1848‑55; of North Carolina Railroad from Goldsborough to Charlotte, 1850‑56; of Surveys for Railroads from Goldsborough to Beaufort, N. C., and from Salisbury, N. C., to the Tennessee line, 1853‑55; of Oxford, Md., and Dover, Del., Railroad, 1855‑57; and of Blue Ridge Railroad, from Andersonville, S. C., to Knoxville, Ten., 1856‑61. Consulting Engineer of various public works in the United States, 1837‑61. Aide-de‑Camp, with the rank of Major, to Major-General McRae, N. C. Militia, 1836‑41. Captain, Virginia Militia, 1842‑49, and Colonel, 1851‑53.

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

Civil History. — Unknown.

Died, Feb. 6, 1882, at Baltimore, Md.: Aged 80.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1882, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.º

Buried, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a Gen. Gwynn's birthplace is from his AOG obituary; Jefferson County is now in West Virginia. His date of birth is from his tombstone, q.v.

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. The lacuna, in both war record and life after the war, is summarily filled in by the biographical sketch at Find-a‑Grave linked to above.

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