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FORSHEY, Caleb Goldsmith, engineer, born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, 18 July 1812; died in Carrollton, La., 25 July 1881. He was educated at Kenyon College, Ohio, and at the U. S. military academy, where he entered in 1833, but was not graduated. He was professor of mathematics and civil engineering at Jefferson College, Miss., in 1836'8, and was from that time engaged for many years in engineering works in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. He was in charge of the U. S. survey of the Mississippi delta in 1851'3, was chief engineer of the Galveston, Houston and Henderson railway in 1853'5, and designed the bridge across Galveston West bay. In 1855 he established the Texas military institute and conducted it till 1861, when, though opposed to secession, he entered the Confederate service as a lieutenant colonel of engineers. He was employed on the James River and as chief engineer on the staff of General Magruder, and planned the defenses of the Texas frontier and the operations for the recapture of Galveston and the Texas coast. Since the war he has been engaged in railway construction in Texas, on the improvements at the mouth of the Mississippi, and during 1874'5 was in the U. S. engineer service on the Red River and Galveston bay. He was the first vice president and one of the founders of the New Orleans academy of sciences, and has contributed largely to scientific journals. He assisted in the preparation of "The Physics of the Mississippi River" (Washington, 1861; 2d ed., enlarged, 1876).
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