★ ★  Emory, William Hemsley

William Hemsley Emory

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Born:
September 7, 1811

Birthplace: Poplar Grove Estate, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland

Father: Thomas Emory 1782 – 1842
(Buried: Poplar Grove Graveyard, Centreville, Maryland)​

Mother: Anna Maria Hemsley 1787 – 1864
(Buried: Poplar Grove Graveyard, Centreville, Maryland)​

Wife: Matilda Wilkins Bache 1819 – 1900
(Buried: Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.)​
(Great Granddaughter of Inventor, Benjamin Franklin)​

Married: May 29, 1838 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Children:

Lt. Colonel Campbell Dallas Emory 1839 – 1878​
(Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.)​
Dr. Thomas Alexander Emory 1841 – 1908​
(Buried: Saint Agnes Cemetery, Syracuse, New York)​
Admiral William Hemsley Emory Jr. 1846 – 1917​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​
Education:

1831: Graduated from West Point Military Academy – (14th​ in class)​
Occupation before War:

1831: Brevet 2nd​ Lt. United States Army 4th​ Artillery​
1831 – 1836: 2nd​ Lt. United States Army 4th​ Artillery​
1836: Resigned from United States Army on September 30th​
1836 – 1838: Civilian Engineer​
1838 – 1851: 1st​ Lt. United States Army, Topographic Engineers​
1846 – 1847: Chief Topographic Engineer Kearney’s Staff​
1846: Brevetted Captain for Gallantry at Battle of San Pasqual, California​
1847: Brevetted Major for Gallantry at San Gabriel and Plains of Mesa
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1847: Declined to be Major in United States Army, 1st​ Dragoons​
1848 – 1853: Astronomer for Boundary Line of California and Mexico​
1851 – 1855: Captain United States Army, Topographic Engineers​
1853: Commissioner and Astronomer to run boundary of Gadsden Purchase​
1854 – 1857: Astronomer to run boundary between U.S. and Mexico​
1855: Major of United States Army 2nd​ Cavalry Regiment​
1855 – 1861: Major of United States Army 1st​ Cavalry Regiment​
1857: Brevetted Lt. Colonel for boundary line between US and Mexico​
1860: Member of Committee to revise Instruction at West Point​
1861: Lt. Colonel of United States Army 1st​ Cavalry Regiment​
1861: Resigned and reappointed to the United States Army​
Civil War Career:

1861 – 1863: Lt. Colonel United States Army 6th​ Cavalry Regiment​
1861 – 1862: Served in the Defenses of Washington, D.C.​
1862 – 1865: Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers​
1862: Served in the Virginia Peninsula Campaign​
1862: Commander of Union Army Defenses at Yorktown, Virginia​
1862: Organizer of Infantry Division in Baltimore, Maryland​
1863: Served in the Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana​
1863: Served in the fighting at Fort Bisland, Louisiana​
1863: Served in the Defenses of New Orleans, Louisiana​
1863 – 1876: Colonel of United States Army 5th​ Cavalry Regiment​
1863 – 1864: Served in the Red River Campaign​
1864: Served in the Battle of Sabin Crossroads, Louisiana​
1864: Served in the Battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana​
1864 – 1866: Commander of 19th​ Army Corps of Union Army​
1864: Brevetted Major General of Union Army Volunteers​
1865: Brevetted Brig. General for Battle of Fisher’s Hill​
1865: Brevetted Major General for Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia​
1865 – 1866: Major General of Union Army Volunteers​
1865 – 1866: Commander of Union Army Department of West Virginia​
1866: Commander of United States Army 5th​ Cavalry Regiment​
1866: Mustered out of Volunteer Service on January 15th​
Occupation after War:

1863 – 1876: Colonel of United States Army 5th​ Cavalry Regiment​
1866 – 1868: Commander of Department of Washington​
1866: Member of Examining Board for Promotion in U.S. Army​
1867: Member of Examining Board for Retiring from U.S. Army​
1868 – 1869: Member of U.S. Army Cavalry, Tactics Board​
1869 – 1871: Commander of the District of the Republican​
1871 – 1875: Commander of U.S. Army Department of the Gulf
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1875 – 1876: President of United States Army Retiring Board​
1876: Retired from United States Army on July 1st​ as Brigadier General​
1879 – 1887: Veteran Member of Aztec Club of 1847​
1879 – 1887: Companion of Military Order of the Loyal Legion​

Died: December 1, 1887

Place of Death: Washington, D.C.

Age at time of Death: 76 years old

Burial Place: Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
 
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He apparently had some sort of feud with Sheridan. A biography of him just states it was for "political reasons" but in 1876 Sheridan removed Emory from command of the Department of the Gulf and saw to it that he retired from the army.
 
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