★  Haupt, Herman

Herman Haupt
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Born: March 26, 1817

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Father: John Jacob Haupt 1776 – 1828

Mother: Anna Margaretta Wiall 1786 – 1857

Wife: Anne Cecelia Keller 1821 – 1891
(Buried: West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania)​

Married: August 30, 1838 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania


Lewis Muhlenberg Haupt 1844 – 1937​
(Buried: West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania)​
Ella Catherine Haupt Chapman 1848 – 1918​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Saint Paul, Minnesota)​
Herman Haupt Jr. 1852 – 1925​
(Buried: West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania)​
Rev. Charles Edgar Haupt 1854 – 1942​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Saint Paul, Minnesota)​
Rev. Alexander James Derbyshire Haupt 1858 – 1934​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Saint Paul, Minnesota)​
Grace Haupt 1862 – 1863​
(Buried: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)​


1835: Graduated from West Point Military Academy – (31st in class)​

Occupation before War:

1835: Brevet 2nd Lt. United States Army, 3rd Infantry Regiment​
1835: Resigned from United States Army on September 30th
1835 – 1836: Assistant Engineer for Norristown Railroad Company​
1836 – 1839: Pennsylvania State Principal Assistant Engineer​
1840: Civil Engineering & Architecture Professor Pennsylvania College​
1844 – 1847: Math Professor at Pennsylvania College​
1847 – 1849: Assistant Engineer for Pennsylvania Railroad Company​
1851: Author of General Theory of Bridge Construction
1852: Chief Engineer of Southern Railroad Company​
1852 – 1854: Chief Engineer of Pennsylvania Railroad Company​
1855: Director for the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania​
1856 – 1862: Chief Engineer of Hoosac Tunnel in Massachusetts​
1861: Member and Secretary Board of Visitors at West Point​

Civil War Career:

Chief of Bureau responsible for Constructing & Operating Military Railroads​
Colonel and Aide on Major General Irvin McDowell’s Staff​
Repaired railroad damage in Washington, D.C.​
Improved telegraph communications along railroad lines​
1860 – 1867: Inventor of Pneumatic Drill for excavating Rock​
1862: Promoted to Brigadier General but refused his appointment​
1863: Brigadier General for Central Bureau of U.S. Military Railroads​
1863: Arrived on train to tell President Lincoln of Gettysburg Victory​
1864: Author of Military Bridges

Occupation after War:

1860 – 1867: Inventor of Pneumatic Drill for excavating Rock​
1872 – 1876: General Manager of Piedmont Air Line Railroad​
1876 – 1878: Chief Engineer of Pennsylvania Transportation Company​
1878 – 1881: Consulting Engineer for Northern Pacific Railroad​
1881 – 1885: General Manager of Northern Pacific Railroad​
1885 – 1886: President of Dakota and Great Southern Railway​
1886 – 1905: Consulting Engineer in Washington, D.C.​
1901: Author of Reminiscences
1905: Suffered a heart attack Philadelphia, Pennsylvania train station​

Died: December 13, 1905

Place of Death: On a train near Jersey City, New Jersey

Age at time of Death: 88 years old

Burial Place: West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
That is most ironic that He died on a train. Trains were a big part of His life. They were one of the things most remembered about this man. It is hard to complete a sentence about this person without the word "train"in it.Appropriate and fitting.
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
There was an autobiography "Reminiscences of General Herman Haupt". I'm curious why Haupt referred to himself as "General" in the title,as the rank of brigadier general was refused or declined by him. That would have made Him Colonel Herman Haupt wouldn't it?

John Hartwell

Forum Host
Aug 27, 2011
Central Massachusetts

[New York Tribune, 15 December 1905]​

Attached below is a lengthy and very interesting article from the December 14, 1959, Gettysburg Gazette, emphasizing Haupt's Gettysburg connections.


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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
Stewart Sifakis in his book Who Was Who in the Civil War calls Haupt a "contentious person" who did not want any interference in his domain and that He was frequenly in conflict with field commanders.