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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1831

Vol. I

(Born Va.)

Jacob Ammen

(Ap'd O.)


Born Jan. 7, 1807.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1827, to July 1, 1831, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1831.

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1831.

Served: at the Military Academy,​a 1831‑32, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Oct. 1, 1831, to June 21, 1832, — and Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, June 21 to Aug. 31, 1832; in garrison at Charleston harbor, S. C., 1832‑33, during South Carolina's threatened nullification, — and Ft. Trumbull, Ct., 1833‑34; at the Military Academy, 1834‑37, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Oct. 4, 1834, to Aug. 31, 1836, — and as Principal

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, May 3, 1836)

Asst. Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, Aug. 31, 1836, to Nov. 5, 1837.

Resigned, Nov. 30, 1837.

Civil History. — Professor of Mathematics, Baron College, Georgetown,  p476 Ky., 1837‑39, — of Mathematics, Jefferson College, Washington, Mis., 1839‑40, — of Mathematics, University of Indiana, 1840‑43, — of Mathematics, Jefferson College, Washington, Mis., 1843‑48, — and of Mathematics and Astronomy, Georgetown College, Ky., 1848‑55. Civil Engineer, Ripley, O., 1855‑61.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑65: in organizing a company of Ohio Volunteers; in instructing

(Captain, 12th Ohio Volunteers, Apr. 18, 1861)

and equipping regiment at Camps Dennison and Chase, O.,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 12th Ohio Volunteers, May 2, 1861)

May 2 to July 26, 1861; in the West Virginia Campaign, Sep.‑Nov.,

(Colonel, 24th Ohio Volunteers, June 22, 1861)

1861, being engaged in the Combat of Cheat Mountain, Sep. 12, 1861, — and Action of Greenbriar, Oct. 3, 1861; in the Tennessee and Mississippi Campaign (Army of the Ohio), Feb.‑June, 1862, — being engaged on the march to Pittsburg Landing, Feb.‑Apr., 1862, — Battle of Shiloh, Apr. 6‑7, 1862, — and Advance upon and Siege of Corinth, Apr. 10 to May 30, 1862; on the march through North Alabama and movement

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, July 16, 1862)

to Louisville, Ky., with the Army of the Ohio, June‑Sep., 1862; in command of Covington, Ky., Camp Dennison, O., and Camp Douglas, Ill., Oct. 30, 1862, to Apr. 14, 1863, — of the District of Illinois, Apr. 14 to Dec. 16, 1863, — and of the Districts of Middle Tennessee and Kentucky, Jan. 2‑26, 1864; on Court Martial at Cincinnati, O., Jan. 27 to Mar. 28, 1864; and in command of the District of East Tennessee, Apr. 10, 1864, to Jan. 14, 1865.

Resigned, Jan. 14, 1865.

Civil History. — Civil Engineer, 1865‑69. Surveyor and Engineer for Hamilton County, O., 1869‑72. Farmer, Prince George's County, Md., since 1872. Member of the Board of Visitors to the Military Academy, 1875. Deputed by the Secretary of the Navy to accompany Isthmus of Panama Commission, to examine the Nicaragua and Atrato-Napipi Canal Routes, 1874. Residence, Beltsville, Md.

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

Civil History. — Resided in Lockland, O., 1891‑94.

Died, at Lockland, O., Feb. 6, 1894: Aged 87.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1894, for an obituary notice.

Buried, Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH.

Thayer's Note:

a See biographical and bibliographical notes by Prof. Rickey.

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