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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1836

Vol. I

(Born Me.)

Danville Leadbetter

(Ap'd Me.)


Born Aug. 26, 1811.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1832, to July 1, 1836, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1836.

Served: as Asst. Engineer in the Improvement of Hudson River, N. Y.,

(Transferred, Nov. 1, 1836, to Corps of Engineers, as Bvt. Second Lieut., to date July 1, 1836; but by order of Dec. 31, 1836, reverted to original Appointment in 1st Artillery)

1836‑39; as Superintending Engineer of the Rebuilding of Ft. Ontario,

(Transferred, July 31, 1837, to Corps of Engineers, as Bvt. Second Lieut., to date July 1, 1836, having relinquished his Commission in 1st Artillery)

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

Oswego harbor, N. Y., 1839‑45; in charge of the Engineer Agency in New York for the purchase and shipment of supplies for the construction of fortifications, 1845‑48; as Member of Joint Commission of Naval and Engineer Officers for examination of the Pacific Coast of the United States, Sep. 13, 1848, to June 17, 1851, — and of Board of Engineers for fortifications on the Pacific Coast, June 17, 1851, to Apr. 11, 1853; as

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Oct. 16, 1852)

Assistant to the Chief Engineer at Washington, D. C., 1851‑52; as Inspector, Dec. 21, 1852, to Mar. 3, 1855, and Engineer, Dec. 21, 1852, to May 19, 1857, of Light-houses of 8th District, on the Gulf of Mexico; as Superintending Engineer of the repairs of Ft. Morgan and building of Ft. Gaines, Mobile Bay, Ala., 1853‑57, — of the construction of Mobile, Ala., Custom House and repairs of Marine Hospital, July 30, 1853, to Dec. 31, 1857, — and of improvement of Mobile Harbor, Ala., 1854‑57; and as Member of special Board of Engineers for projecting the defenses of the Gulf Frontier of Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas.

Resigned, Dec. 31, 1857.

Civil History. — Chief Engineer of the State of Alabama, for the improvement of the Bay and Harbor of Mobile, Ala., 1860‑61. Colonel, Alabama Militia, 1860‑61.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Died, Sep. 26, 1866, at Clifton, Canada: Aged 54.

Buried, Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, MS.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. He fought in Tennessee but served most successfully on his home turf of Mobile; details are provided in the online biographical sketch at Find-a‑Grave.

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