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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1882

Vol. III

(Born Mo.)

Edward Burr

(Ap'd Mo.)


Born in Boonville, MO.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1878 to June 13, 1882, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 13, 1882.

Served: with Battalion of Engineers, at Willet's Point, N. Y., Sep. 30,

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Apr. 16, 1883)

1882, to Oct. 31, 1884; as Assistant to Captain Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Powell, Dec. 3, 1884, to Oct. 20, 1885, and Nov. 20, 1886, to Apr. 25, 1888; as Engineer Officer of the Department of the Columbia, Oct. 22, 1885, to Dec. 14, 1886; on leave of absence, June 23 to Oct. 23, 1886; as Assistant to Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Handbury since Apr. 25, 1888, and temporarily to Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Mendell, in connection with obstructions to navigation in the Columbia River, at The Dalles, Celilo, etc., Aug. 13, 1889, to Nov. 9, 1889; and as Member of Board on Construction of Bridge across the Willamette River at Portland, Or., Dec. 16, 1886, and on bridge at Salem, Or., Jan. 21, 1887.

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

Military History. — Served: At Portland, Ore., and Cascade Locks, Ore., as Assistant to Major Handbury, to Nov. 14, 1891. — At Norfolk, Va., in charge of various works of river and harbor improvement, from Nov. 29, 1891 to Nov. 2, 1894, and inspection of construction of lock gates for canal at Cascades of Columbia River, Sept. 15, 1893

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Sept. 18, 1894)

to Dec. 10, 1895. — At Washington, D. C., as Assistant to the Engineer Commissioner of the District of Columbia, Nov. 3, 1894 to April 30, 1898, and in temporary charge of Washington Aqueduct, May 3 to May 30, 1898. — With 5th Army Corps in command of E Company, Battalion of Engineers, and in command of the Battalion of Engineers of that Corps, June 1

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 2d U. S. Volunteer Engineers, June 7, 1898)

to July 31, 1898. — Participating in the campaign against Santiago de Cuba, June 22 to July 17, 1898. — At Montauk, L. I., with regiment, Aug. 20 to Oct. 5, 1898. — Acting Chief Engineer, 2d Army Corps, at Middletown, Pa., and Augusta, Ga., Oct. 6 to Nov. 21, 1898. — On temporary  p354 duty in the office of the Chief of Engineers, United States Army, from Nov. 25, 1898 to ––––

(Honorably mustered out of Volunteer Service, May 16, 1899)

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

Military History. — Served: On temporary duty in the Office of the Chief of Engineers, United States Army, from Nov. 25, 1898 to March 15, 1899; at St. Louis, Mo., in charge of the improvement of the Mississippi River, between the Missouri and the Ohio and of other river improvements, and as a member of various boards, from March 21, 1899 to Nov. 7, 1901; at Washington Barracks, Washington, D. C., as Instructor of Electricity in the Engineer School, from Nov. 13, 1901 to March 30, 1903; commanding

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Jan. 29, 1903)

the post of Washington Barracks, Commandant of the Engineer School and in charge of the Engineer Depot, from April 1, 1903 to June 12, 1906; in command of the 3d Battalion of Engineers, U. S. Army, from April 1, 1903 to Sept. 15, 1903, and of the 2d Battalion of Engineers, from Sept. 15, 1903 to June 12, 1906; member of the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors, from July 28, 1902 to Oct. 17, 1905; member of boards for various subjects, including field equipment of engineer troops, electric lighting plants for seacoast fortifications, and improvement of the mouth of the Columbia River and of the Columbia River at The Dalles, Ore.; Engineer Officer and Acting Chief of Staff, First Maneuver Division, Manassas, Va., Aug.‑Sept., 1904; at Boston, Mass., in charge of the defenses of Boston Harbor and on Lake Champlain, of river and harbor improvements in Eastern Massachusetts and on Lake Champlain, and as Engineer of the First and Second Lighthouse Districts, from June 14, 1906 to –––––; in temporary charge

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 14, 1908)

of the defenses and river and harbor improvements on the coasts of Maine and New Hampshire, from Jan. 14, 1907 to May 18, 1907; member of boards on various subjects, including land defense of Boston, Mass., Intra-Coastal Waterway from Boston, Mass., to Beaufort, N. C.; Engineer in charge of construction of Pilgrim Memorial Monument, Provincetown, Mass., Oct., 1906 to –––––; Spanish War Medal for service in campaign against Santiago de Cuba.

Civil History. — Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Boston Society of Civil Engineers.

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

(Born May 19, 1859.)

Military History. —

Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 14, 1908

At Boston, Mass., in charge of Defenses of Boston Harbor and on Lake Champlain, of river and harbor improvements in eastern Massachusetts and on Lake Champlain, and as Engineer of the First and Second Lighthouse Districts, June 14, 1906, to May 25, 1910; at Washington, D. C., Assistant to Chief of Engineers, member of various boards and with various miscellaneous duties, May 26, 1910, to

(Colonel, Corps of Engineers, March 2, 1912)

Sept. 25, 1914; en route to Philippines, Oct. 5 to Nov. 3, 1914; at Manila, Department Engineer, Philippine Department, Nov. 3, 1914, to Nov. 3, 1916; in charge of Engineer Depot, Manila, Feb. 11 to Nov. 1, 1915, and in charge of fortification construction in the Philippines, Nov. 1, 1915, to Nov. 3, 1916; en route to U. S., Nov. 12, 1916, to Jan. 14, 1917; at San Francisco, Cal., Department Engineer, Western Department, Jan. 15 to June 1, 1917; in charge of fortification construction and river and harbor improvements, First and Second San Francisco Districts, Jan. 31 to May 21, 1917; Division Engineer, Pacific Division, Feb. 1 to May 21, 1917; Member and President, California Débris Commission, and detailed for consultation or to superintend the construction or repair of aids to navigation, 18th Lighthouse District; at Vancouver Bks., Wash., organized and commanded Fourth Regiment of Engineers, June 4 to Aug. 24, 1917; commanded Engineer Training Camp and commanded post, June 10 to Aug. 24, 1917;

(Brigadier-General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917)

at Camp Lewis, Wash., commanding 166th Field Artillery Brigade, 91st Division, Aug. 25, 1917, to June 28, 1918; en route to France with Brigade, July 14 to 29, 1918; at Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de‑Dome, Artillery Training Center, July 31 to Aug. 21, 1918; relieved from command of 166th Field Artillery Brigade, Aug. 20, 1918, and took command of 62nd Field Artillery Brigade, 37th Division, Aug. 22, 1918; at Camp de Souge, Aug. 22 to Sept. 19, 1918; served with Brigade on Meuse-Moselle front, including Marbache Sector, with 92nd Division, and Troyon Sector with 33rd Division, to Nov. 11, 1918; at Thillombois, Nov. 11, 1918, to Jan. 29, 1919; relieved from command of 62nd Field Artillery Brigade, Jan. 29, 1919;

(Honorably Discharged as Brigadier-General, N. A., Only, Feb. 5, 1919)

en route to U. S., Feb. 8 to 17, 1919; at New York, N. Y., member of Board of Engineers, Feb. 24, 1919, to –––––; in charge of river and harbor improvements in New York Harbor, on Long Island and on Lake Champlain, March 13, 1919, to ––––

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

Military History. —

Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 2, 1912.

At New York, N. Y., member of Board of Engineers, Feb. 24, 1919, to Sept. 20, 1920; in charge of river and harbor improvements in New York Harbor, on Long Island and on Lake Champlain, Mar. 13, 1919, to May 19, 1923.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, May 19, 1923,
By Operation of Law.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, June 21, 1930,
Act of June 21, 1930.

Civil History: — In private practice as consulting engineer, New York City, May, 1923 to Nov., 1928.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., May 19, 1923.

Brig. Gen., Ret., June 21, 1930.

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

Military History: —

Col Ret 19 May 23;

Brig Gen Ret 21 Jun 30

Civil History: — 2013 N St, Washington 6 DC

Died Apr. 15, 1952, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 92.​b

Portrait and obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a Gen. Burr's birthplace is from his memorial article at West Point Association of Graduates.

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b Gen. Burr 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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