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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1835

Vol. I

(Born Pa.)

Herman Haupt​a

(Ap'd Pa.)


Born March 26, 1817, Philadelphia, PA.​b

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1831, to July 1, 1835, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, July 1, 1835.

On authorized graduation leave of absence, July 1, 1835, to Sep. 30, 1835.

Resigned, Sep. 30, 1835.

Civil History. — Asst. Engineer on Norristown Railroad, Pa., 1835‑36. Principal Asst. Engineer in the service of the State of Pennsylvania, 1836‑39. Professor of Civil Engineering and Architecture in Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, Pa., 1840, — and of Mathematics, 1844‑47. Principal Asst. Engineer of Pennsylvania Railroad, 1847‑49, — and General Superintendent, 1849‑52. Author of "General Theory of Bridge Construction," 1851; and of various professional papers. Chief Engineer of Southern Railroad of Mississippi, 1852, — of Pennsylvania Railroad, 1852‑54, being elected Director by the City Councils of Philadelphia, 1855, — and of Hoosac Tunnel, Mas., 1856‑62. Degree of A. M. conferred by Pennsylvania College, 1837. Member and Secretary of the Board of Visitors to the U. S. Military Academy, 1861.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1862‑63: as Chief of Construction and Transportation on the

(Col., Staff — Additional Aide-de‑Camp, Apr. 27 to Sep. 5, 1862)

U. S. Military Railroads, directing the repairs and construction of railroads for facilitating the movements of the U. S. Armies in Virginia, May 28, 1862, to Sep. 14, 1863, being promoted Sep. 5, 1862, Brig. General, U. S. Volunteers, for meritorious services in operations against the enemy during the Campaign of the Army of Virginia, but declined to accept the appointment.​c

Civil History. — Author of a work on "Military Bridges," 1864. Inventor of Pneumatic Drill for excavating rock in railroad tunnels and cuts, 1860‑67. General Manager of Piedmont Air Line Railroad, from Richmond, Va., to Atlanta, Ga., 1872‑76. Chief Engineer of Pennsylvania Transportation Company, and Seaboard Pipe Line, for carrying Petroleum from Parkers City to Baltimore, 1876‑78. Consulting Engineer, 1878‑81. General Manager of Northern Pacific Railroad, 1881‑85. President of Dakota and Great Southern Railway, 1885‑86. Residence, Washington, D. C.

[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Consulting Engineer, Washington, D. C.

Died, Dec. 13, 1905, at Jersey City, N. J.: Aged 88.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1906, for an obituary notice with a portrait.

Thayer's Notes:

a His son, Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Lewis M. Haupt, was also a graduate of the Military Academy.

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b Col. Haupt's birth data are from his AOG obituary.

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c For the importance of his work during the War between the States, see "United States Military Railroads, 1862‑1865", in Journal of the American Military History Foundation, 2:70‑89 (1938).

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