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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1897

Vol. IV

(Born N. C.)

Harley B. Ferguson

(Ap'd N. C.)


Born Waynesville, NC.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the U. S. M. A., from June 15, 1893 to June 11, 1897, when he was graduated and promoted in the army to

(Add. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 11, 1897)

Served: At Charleston, S. C., under Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Ruffner, from Oct. 1, 1897 to April 11, 1898. — At Engineer School, Willets Point, N. Y., from April 11 to 28, 1898.

(Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 5, 1898)

— With Company E, Battalion of Engineers, in Cuba during Santiago campaign, and at West Point, N. Y., from Sept. 4 to Dec. 11, 1898. — At Engineer School, Willets Point, N. Y., from Dec. 11, 1898 to July 5, 1899. — En route to and in the Philippines to ––––

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Jan. 29, 1900)

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

Military History. — Served: En route to and in the Philippines, to June 26, 1900; en route to and in China, to May 27, 1901; at Peitsang Yangtsun and Pekin, Chief Engineer Officer, China Relief Expedition; in Philippine Islands and en route to the U. S., to Dec. 1, 1901; in Information Bureau, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, to Aug., 1903; at U. S. Military Academy, Instructor in Engineering, Aug. 23, 1903 to Aug. 31, 1904.

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, April 23, 1904)

— At Fort Leavenworth, Kas., Student, Staff College, to July, 1905; Instructor in Engineering Department, Infantry and Cavalry School, to July, 1907; at Montgomery, Ala., as Assistant, to Oct. 9, 1907; in charge of Engineer District, from Oct. 9, 1907 to –––––.

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

(Harley Bascom Ferguson, Born Aug. 14, 1875.)

Military History. —

Captain, Corps of Engineers, April 23, 1904.

At Montgomery, Ala., Assistant to District Engineer, July to Oct. 9, 1907, and in charge of Engineer District, Oct. 9, 1907, to September, 1910; at Havana, Cuba, supervising the work of raising the Battleship Maine, September, 1910, to

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 27, 1911)

August, 1912; at War College, Washington, D. C., August, 1912, to July, 1913; at Milwaukee, Wis., in charge of Engineer District, July, 1913, to March, 1917; at New London, Conn., March to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, May 15, 1917)

June, 1917; at Boston, Mass., Department Engineer, June to

(Colonel of Engineers, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917)

August, 1917; at Camp Sevier, Greenville, S. C., en route to and in France, and commanding 105th Engineers, 30th Division, American Expeditionary Force, to June, 1918; Corps Engineer, 2nd Corps, June 16 to

(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Aug. 8, 1918)

Oct. 3, 1918; at Newport News, Va., commanding Port of Embarkation, Nov. 10, 1918, to ––––


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. As chief engineer of the 2d Army Corps and later of the 2d Army, he demonstrated high professional attainments and marked initiative. Through his foresight and skill in directing important technical operations he was a notable factor in the successes of the combat troops, rendering invaluable services to the American Expeditionary Forces."

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal.

 p434  Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Aug. 8, 1918.

At Newport News, Va., Commanding General, Port of Embarkation, Nov. 10, 1918, to May, 1919;

Returned to Grade of Lieutenant-Colonel, June 15, 1919.

Colonel, Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1920.

at Pittsburgh, Pa., District Engineer, Pittsburgh River and Harbor District, July, 1919, to Jul. 1920; at Washington, D. C., student officer, Army War College, Aug., 1920, to June, 1921, when he was graduated; Office, Assistant Secretary of War, in charge of supervising plans for industrial mobilization, Apr., 1921, to Jan., 1927; Director of Army Industrial College, Feb. 25, 1925, to Jan., 1927; at Washington, D. C., Division Engineer, Gulf Division, Jan., 1927, to May, 1927; at Cincinnati, Ohio, Division Engineer, Central Division, May, 1927, to Oct., 1929; at Norfolk, Va., Division Engineer, South Atlantic Division, Oct., 1929, to ––––

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., C. E., July 1, 1920.

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

Military History: —

(Col CE 1 Jul 20)

Norfolk Va, Div Engr, South Atlantic Div, Oct 29‑32; Pres of the Mississippi River Commission, title of Brig Gen CE 15 Jun 32–31 Aug 39

(Brig Gen Ret 31 Aug 39, opn law)

(Maj Gen Ret 1 Sep 39)

AD 20 Feb-1 Dec 42

Civil History: — 1028 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC

Died Aug. 29, 1968, Lafayette, LA: Aged 93.​b1

Buried, Calvary Cemetery, Lafayette, LA.​b2

Thayer's Notes:

a Gen. Ferguson's birthplace is from the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates.

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b1 b2 Gen. Ferguson 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, and his burial place, are from the WPAOG memorial article.

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