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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Roberts, Benjamin Stone 1811-1875 (search)
Roberts, Benjamin Stone 1811-1875 Military officer; born in Manchester, Vt., in 1811; graduated at West Point in 1835, and entered the dragoons. He resigned in 1839 and engaged in engineering, and in 1841 was assistant geologist of the State of New York. In 1842 he went to Russia to assist Colonel Whistler in building railroads there. Returning, he was admitted to the bar and began law practice in Iowa in 1843, and when the war with Mexico broke out he re-entered the army as first lieutenant of mounted rifles, and served under General Lane. In 1861 he was major of the 3d Cavalry on duty in New Mexico, and afterwards being in command of the Southern District under General Canby, he defended Fort Craig against Texan forces under Sibley. He was ordered to Washington; commissioned a brigadier-general of volunteers (July 20, 1862) ; and was assigned to duty in the Army of Virginia under Pope, as chief of cavalry. He commanded a division of the 19th Corps in Louisiana in the summe
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Whistler, George Washington 1800- (search)
Whistler, George Washington 1800- Civil engineer; born in Fort Wayne, Ind., May 19, 1800; graduated at West Point in 1819, and resigned in 1833. He engaged in the construction of railroads, and in 1842 became chief engineer of the St. Petersburg and Moscow (Russia) Railroad, which he was engaged in constructing and equipping as sole superintendent. He was also employed in constructing extensive dock-yards at St. Petersburg, where he died, April 7, 1849.