★ ★  Halleck, Henry W.

Henry Wager “Old Brains” Halleck

Born: January 16, 1815
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Birthplace:
Westernville, Oneida County, New York

Father: Joseph Halleck 1784 – 1857
(Buried: Westernville Cemetery, Westernville, New York)​

Mother: Catherine Wager 1795 – 1868
(Buried: Westernville Cemetery, Westernville, New York)​

Wife: Elizabeth Hamilton 1831 – 1884
(Buried: Green – Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York)​

Children:

Henry Wager “Harry” Halleck 1856 – 1882​
(Buried: Green – Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York)​

Education:

1839: Graduated from West Point Military Academy – (3rd in class)​

Occupation before War:

1839 – 1845: 2nd Lt. United States Army Engineers​
1839 – 1840: Assistant Engineering Professor at West Point​
1840 – 1841: Assistant to the Board of Engineers in Washington, D.C.​
1841–1846: Assistant Engineer Repairing Fort Wood & Governors Island​
1841: Author of Bitumen: it’s varieties, properties and uses
1845 – 1853: 1st Lt. United States Army Engineers​
1846: Author of Elements of Military Art and Science
1847 – 1848: Aide to U.S. Navy Commodore W. B. Shubrick​
1847 – 1849: California Secretary of State​
1847: Brevetted Captain for Gallantry for His California Duty​
1848: Appointed and Declined Engineer Professor at Harvard Univ.​
1849: Member of California State Constitution Convention​
1850 – 1861: Director General of New Alamaden Quicksilver Mine​
1852 – 1854: Inspector and Engineer of Light Houses on Pacific Coast​
1853 – 1854: Captain of United States Army Engineers​
1853 – 1861: Attorney in San Francisco, California​
1854: Resigned from United States Army on August 1st
1855: President of Pacific and Atlantic Railroad Company​
1860 – 1861: Major General of California State Militia​
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Civil War Career:

1861 – 1872: Major General, United States Army​
1861 – 1862: Commander of U.S. Army Department of Missouri​
1861 – 1862: Major General, Missouri State Militia​
1862: Commander during the Corinth, Mississippi Campaign​
1862: Commander of U.S. Army Department of Mississippi​
1862: Sick in Saint Louis, Missouri with Camp Measles​
1862 – 1864: General – in – chief of United States Army​
1864 – 1865: Chief of Staff of the United States Army​
1864: Suffered from hay – cold that made it unable for him to see​
1865: Commander Military Division of the James​
1865 – 1866: Commander of Military Division of the Pacific​

Occupation after War:

1861 – 1872: Major General, United States Army​
1866 – 1869: Commander of U.S. Army Division of the Pacific​
1869 – 1872: Commander of U.S. Army Division of the South​

Died: January 9, 1872

Place of Death:
Louisville, Kentucky

Cause of Death: Softening of the brain superimposed on chronic disease of the heart and liver

Age at time of Death: 57 years old

Burial Place: Green – Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
 
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Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles once said of Halleck .."originates nothing,anticipates nothing. . . .takes no responsibility, plans nothing, suggests nothing, is good for nothing".
 
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