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REESE, Chauncey B., soldier, born in Canastota, New York, 28 December, 1837; died in Mobile. Ala., 22 September, 1870. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1859, and at the beginning of the civil war sent to Fort Pickens, Florida, as assistant engineer in defence of that work. He was then transferred to similar duty at Washington, D. C., and became 1st lieutenant of engineers, 6 August, 1861. He rendered valuable service in the Virginia. peninsular campaign from March till August, 1862, in constructing bridges, roads, and field-works, particularly the bridge, 2,000 feet in length, over the Chickahominy. He became captain of engineers in March, 1863, and was engaged in the Rappahannock campaign in similar service, constructing a bridge before Fredericksburg, defensive works and bridges at Chancellorsville, and at Franklin's crossing of the Rappahannock, in the face of the enemy. He participated in the battle of Gettysburg, in the siege of Fort Wagner, South Carolina, and was chief engineer of the Army of the Tennessee during the Atlanta. campaign, the subsequent march to the sea, and that through the Carolinas. In December, l864, he was brevetted major, lieutenant-colonel, and colonel, " for gallant and distinguished services during the campaign through Georgia and ending in the capture of Savannah," and in March, 1865, he was brevetted brigadier-general in the United States army for faithful and meritorious service during the same campaign. He became lieutenant-colonel in June, 1865, was superintending engineer of the construction of Fort Montgomery, New York, and recorder of the board of engineers to conduct experiments on the use of iron in permanent defences in 1865-'7. In March of the latter year he became major in the corps of engineers, He was then secretary of the board of engineers for fortifications and harbor and river obstructions for the defence of the United States.
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