; born in New York City, Feb. 15, 1835; son of James Watson Webb
; graduated at West Point
Entering the artillery, he served against the Seminoles in Florida
in 1856, and from 1857 to 1861 was assistant Professor
of Mathematics at West Point
In May, 1861, he was made captain of infantry, and in June, 1863, brigadier-general
He was one of the defenders of Fort Pickens
; fought at Bull Run
and through the campaign on the Peninsula
; was chief of staff of the 5th Corps at Antietam
; served with distinction at Gettysburg
, and commanded a brigade in the 2d Corps, in Virginia
, from October, 1863, to April, 1864.
He commanded a brigade in the campaign against Richmond
in 1864-65, and in January, 1865, was General Meade
's chief of staff.
In March he was brevetted majorgeneral, United States army, and was discharged in 1870.
In 1869 he was chosen president of the College of the City of New York.
His publications include
The Peninsula: McClellan's campaign of
1862; and a number of articles relating to the Civil War
in the Century magazine