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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1825

Vol. I

(Born Pa.)

Alexander H. Bowman

(Ap'd Pa.)


Alexander Hamilton Bowman:
Born Mar. 30, 1803, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1821, to July 1, 1825, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1825.

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1825.

Served: at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics, Aug. 31 to June 15, 1826; as Asst. Engineer in the construction of the Defenses, and of the Improvement of Harbors and Rivers on the Gulf of Mexico, 1826‑34; as Superintending Engineer of Military Road from Memphis, Ten., to the St. Francis River, Ark.,

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Jan. 21, 1835)

1834‑39, — of the Improvement of Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers, 1834‑38, — of the construction of Ft. Sumter, and repairs of the fortifications for the defense of Charleston harbor, S. C. and preservation of their sites by Jetties, etc., 1838‑51, 1852‑53; as Member of Special Board

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, July 7, 1838)

of Engineers for devising the means for protecting the site of Ft. M'Ree, Pensacola harbor, Fla., 1847; as Instructor of Practical Military Engineering at the Military Academy, and Commandant of Sappers, Miners, and Pontoniers, at West Point, N. Y., May 19, 1851, to June 1, 1852; as Superintending Engineer of the Improvement of Charleston harbor, S. C., and in charge of Survey of Georgetown harbor, S. C., 1852‑53; as Member  p342 of Commission for devising a project for the Improvement of Savannah River, Ga., 1852; as Chief Engineer of the Construction Bureau of the U. S. Treasury Department, and Superintending Engineer of Treasury

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Jan. 5, 1857)

Building Extension, 1853‑61; and as Member of the Light-house Board, 1857‑59.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑65: as Superintendent of the U. S. Military Academy (Colonel ex officio), Mar. 1, 1861, to July 8, 1864;​a as Member of Naval and Engineer Commission

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 3, 1863)

for selecting site of Naval establishment on the Western Rivers, Aug. 5, 1864, to Feb. 11, 1865; and as Member of the Board of Engineers, June 20 to Nov. 11, 1865, to carry out in detail the modifications of the defenses in the vicinity of Boston, Mas., as proposed by the Board of Jan. 27, 1864.

Died, Nov. 11, 1865, at Wilkesbarre, Pa.: Aged 62.

Buried, Hollenback Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Thayer's Note:

a A short term as Superintendent: see The New York Times, May 30, 1897.

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