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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1832

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

John N. Macomb​a

(Ap'd N. Y.)


John Navarre Macomb, Jr.: Born Apr. 9, 1811, New York, NY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1828, to July 1, 1832, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1832.

Served: on the "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at the seat of war;​b on Topographical duty, Sep. 12, 1832, to May 1, 1834; in garrison

(Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, Sep. 30, 1833)

at Ft. Trumbull, Ct., 1834; as Acting Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Macomb, General-in‑Chief, Aug. 29 to Dec. 23, 1834; on Topographical duty, Dec. 23, 1834, to June 28, 1836; as Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Oct. 15, 1836)

Macomb, General-in‑Chief, Sep. 1, 1836, to Jan. 1, 1839; in charge of

(First Lieut., Corps of Top. Engineers, July 7, 1838)

construction of Roads in Michigan, 1839‑41, — of Survey of Detroit River, 1840‑42, — and as Assistant in the Survey of the Northwestern Lakes, 1842‑51, and in charge of the Survey, 1851‑56; as Chief Top.

(Captain, Corps of Top. Engineers, Aug. 4, 1851)

Engineer of the Department of New Mexico, 1857‑59; at Washington, D. C., preparing report on his Exploration of San Juan River, 1859‑60; and as Light-house Engineer of 5th District, June 2, 1860, to Aug. 10, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66; as Chief

(Major, Corps of Top. Engineers, Aug. 6, 1861)

Top. Engineer, on the Staff of Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.McClellan, at Washington, D. C., Aug. 12, 1861, to Mar. 10, 1862, — of Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.McDowell

(Lieut.‑Col., Staff — Additional Aide-de‑Camp, Sep. 28, 1861)

on the Rappahannock, Apr.‑June, 1862, — and in Northern Virginia

(Colonel, Staff — Additional Aide-de‑Camp, May 15, 1862, to May 31, 1866)

Campaign, July‑Sep., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Aug. 9, 1862, and several Skirmishes on the retreat from the Rappahannock to the Potomac; at Washington, D. C., preparing Military Maps,

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

Sep., 1862, to May 28, 1863; as Superintending Engineer of the construction of the Fortifications of Portsmouth harbor, N. H., and Battery at

(Bvt. Colonel, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

Newburyport harbor, Mas., June 20, 1863, to Aug. 22, 1866.

Served: as Superintending Engineer of the Improvement of Western Rivers (except the Ohio), Aug. 22, 1866, to July 17, 1870, — of Survey of

(Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 7, 1867)

Fox and Wisconsin Rivers, May 31, 1870, to May 5, 1871, — of Improvement of the Upper Mississippi, May 31, 1870, to Nov. 15, 1877, — of Improvement of Wisconsin and Minnesota Rivers, May 31, 1870, to Apr.,  p513 1873, — of Construction of Rock Island Bridge, May 31, 1870, to Feb. 4, 1873, — of Improvement of Illinois River, and Des Moines Rapids of the Mississippi, Oct. 1, 1870, to Nov. 13, 1877, — of Survey of Hennepin Ship Canal to Rock Island, Ill., Oct. 1, 1870, to July 12, 1875, — of Improvement of St. Anthony's Falls, Jan., 1871, to Apr., 1873, — of Survey of Chippewa River, Wis., Mar., 1872, and of Minnesota River above mouth of Yellow Medicine, Jan., 1872, — of Construction of lock and dam at Meecher's Island, Min., Mar.‑Apr., 1873, — of Improvement of Transportation Route from St. Anthony's Falls to Alton, Ill., July, 1874, to Nov. 15, 1877, — of the Defenses and Harbor Improvements in Delaware Bay and River, Nov. 29, 1877, to June 30, 1882, — and of the Improvement of Shrewsbury River and Cohansey Creek, N. J., Delaware and Broadkiln River, Del., and Schuylkill River, Pa., Nov. 29, 1877, to June 30, 1882; and as Member of various Engineer Boards on River and Harbor Improvements, Bridge Constructions, etc., 1867‑82.

Retired from Active Service, June 30, 1882, he being over 64 Years of age.

Died, Mar. 16, 1889, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 78.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a He was the father of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Montgomery M. Macomb.

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b The phrase "but not at the seat of war" occurs frequently in the Register in connection with the Black Hawk War; the explanation in most cases is the one given in the biographical sketch of James Monroe (q.v.).

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