Ludlow, William

Army engineer, surveyed Yellowstone & Black Hills, chaired Nicaragua Canal Commission 1895, Military Governor of Havana & Dept. of Havana 1899-1900, led 1900 board that recommended Army War College creation

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(1843-1901) USMA 1864, commissioned in Corps of Engineers and immediately appointed Chief Engineer of XX Corps in the Georgia campaign. Breveted Captain for gallantry at Peach Tree Creek July 20, and Major in December. He was an Asst. Engineer on Genl. Sherman's staff in the March to the Sea and in the Carolina campaign, and in March 1865 was breveted Lieut. Colonel. After the Civil War he was stationed in Missouri, promoted to Captain March 1867, and Asst. to the Chief of Engineers until Nov. 1872, when he was appointed Chief Engineer, Dept. of Dakota. He made several valuable surveys of the Yellowstone and Black Hills regions while in that post. He was engaged in river and harbor work in Philadelphia 1876-82, promoted to Major. By permission of Congress, he was Chief Engineer of the Philadelphia Water Dept. 1883-86, Engineer Commissioner of Washington, D.C. 1886-88, from 1888-93 he was primarily engaged in river, harbor and lighthouse work on the Great Lakes, and was military attache at the US Embassy in London 1893-96. While serving April-Nov. 1895 as Chairman of the Nicaragua Canal Commission, he was promoted to Lieut. Colonel, and in charge of river and harbor work in New York City Feb. 1897. In May 1898 he was appointed Brig. Genl. Vols. and Chief Engineer of armies in the field. He landed in Cuba with V Corps under Genl. Shafter and commanded a brigade of Lawton's 2nd Div. at El Caney, July 1. Promoted to Major Genl. Vols. in Sept., in December was appointed Military Governor of Havana and Department of Havana, until April 1900, contributing much to the rebuilding of the city. In Jan. 1900, while at Havana, he was promoted to Brig. Genl. US Army. Early in 1900 he was named to head a board of officers, known as the Ludlow Board, which studied and recommended to Secretary of War Elihu Root the creation of an Army War College. A War College Board was established by Root in Nov. 1901, and the College itself, along with the germinal General Staff, developed in 1902-03. In May 1901 he was ordered to the Philippines to command the Department of Visayas, but soon returned to the US having contracted advancing pulmonary tuberculosis; he died August 30. 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 card signed as Maj Genl USV; undated but 1898-1900.

Condition: Very good, light toning at top edge
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